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Hi all. I have posted in here, the heart forum and anxiety forum. For a while, I have had a multitude of symptoms that could be either heart of GERD related (left-sided chest pain, shortness of breath when lying down, coughing, indigestion, stomach bloating, constant burping and feeling like I need to burp, etc.) and all the heart tests (I have had many) have come up negative.

I recently had an endoscopy that showed a hiatal hernia and esophageal (sp?) inflammation (doc is doing a biopsy to see if it is Barrett's).

I am trying to accept the fact that this is a gastrointestinal problem, but the left arm, left shoulder (mostly in the back of the shoulder), left rib, and left lower back pain is referred pain from the hiatal hernia and not from a heart problem. The pain I feel is not brought on by exertion or exercise, but just arises from nowhere. It is not a sharp pain, but more of a dull ache that sometimes feels like a slight burning (not hot to the touch, but just like my muscles are burning).

My question is does anyone else feel this with GERD or think this is possible?

Thanks in advance,

Ross
[QUOTE=Roscoe36;3177522]Hi all. I have posted in here, the heart forum and anxiety forum. For a while, I have had a multitude of symptoms that could be either heart of GERD related (left-sided chest pain, shortness of breath when lying down, coughing, indigestion, stomach bloating, constant burping and feeling like I need to burp, etc.) and all the heart tests (I have had many) have come up negative.

I recently had an endoscopy that showed a hiatal hernia and esophageal (sp?) inflammation (doc is doing a biopsy to see if it is Barrett's).

I am trying to accept the fact that this is a gastrointestinal problem, but the left arm, left shoulder (mostly in the back of the shoulder), left rib, and left lower back pain is referred pain from the hiatal hernia and not from a heart problem. The pain I feel is not brought on by exertion or exercise, but just arises from nowhere. It is not a sharp pain, but more of a dull ache that sometimes feels like a slight burning (not hot to the touch, but just like my muscles are burning).

My question is does anyone else feel this with GERD or think this is possible?

Thanks in advance,

Ross[/QUOTE]

I was wondering the same thing about this because I also have alot of those symptoms and pain in my left side but it is really low pain kind of on the side above my hip and I wasn't sure if this was normal or not.
Rene'
Hey Ross,

I have pain on the left side also. My arm, shoulder, back, jaw, throat, and ear. My arm from the elbow down sometimes feels like it is numb. I have alot of stomach aches also, especially if I'm taking GERD medicine like Nexium. I don't have to be doing anything for any of this to happen and believe it or not when I walk on the tread mill it actually feels better. I also seem to burp alot which helps relieve pain also. The only thing I don't really have is coughing. But I do seem to choke alot or not be able to swallow.

I have had all the heart tests: EKG, nuclear stress, and echo. The cardio says other than high blood pressure I'm okay. I'm 43 years old and all I think about everyday is am I having a heart attack or is it just GERD. Sometimes I'm actually afraid to be alone. I do try to watch what I eat has much as I can.

I hope this helps. You are not alone.

Laurie:)





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