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Hi 468LC, I also have this pain, left side of chest, radiating down the left arm. I had an EKG and they said it was fine so then diagnosed me with GERD. It can be very frightening because the first thought is a heart attack. (I also have MVP so that is always in the back of my mind. ) But they put me on Aciphex which helped after a few weeks. Once in awhile it will kick up, when I am under a lot of stress. Also have had to give up the daily tea habit which is extremely difficult. As long as your doctor has ruled out heart problems, GERD could be the culprit.
i too have had apain in my left shoulder for 4 doc said it was muscle strain,and gave me ibuprofen gel.the pain has now gone round my back and under my left breast it is very feels like i want to burp but i can't goes up the left side of my neck too it feels like i have broken my clavicle as the pain is that bad sometimes.i am going to my docs again tomorrow,keep you informed.
HI there, new at this as well. Im a mom of 4 and stay at home, I am overweight, have been diagnosed with FMS, and TACYCARDIA. My husband is out of town frequently, and for about 3 weeks now, I have been nauseated before I eat , when I eat and sometimes after I eat. I am concerned, because for months now, I have had sharp stabbing pains in my shoulders? Then radiates toward the shouder blade area~ Not only that I have had dull stabbing pains off and on under my left breast, feels like it is under my left rib cage? I went to see Womens DR, and was sent to get a mamogram, all clear~ Tonight though, sad, and despressed with husband gone and 4 kids home, fussing, fighting, etc.. ( just being kids) I was sitting on the couch eating dinner, I started feeling sick, and after I ate I suddenly got a sharp pain in my left side of my chest??!!! Now, Im scared, I got that sick, scared feeling like am I dying? It felt so scarey. I am feeling very stressed, and am so scared. I am scared because , of being over weight. I had a friend who had a heart attack at age 30, and Im going to be thirty in a few more days~ Can anyone relate to any of this? I just dont know who to go and see about this at all? Everytime I have problems, I get thrown over and told oh, its your fibromyalgia~ HELP, Im a desperate mom of 4 who doesnt want to die!!
1 more to add to the pile. I'm 31 and the 6 chronic months of dull, annoying chest pain started with a stabbing pain on the left side. Did the ER thing, and plenty of tests since then (heart stress and ultrasound, EKGs, chest MRI, lung tests, multiple blood tests, etc). GI is about all they HAVEN'T sent me for! That's next though. Unfortunately, my family doctor tried Nexium this last visit, suspecting maybe a stomach ulcer, and my pain and breathlessness worsened for 20 hours! We'll see. I have watched my diet closely and lost 25 lbs, but I've still got the same core problems! I have my good and bad days.

In the mean time, to all of you, I've gotten some relief the following ways:

1. occasional fasting with just 100% fruit juices and V8 or veggie juice, at least til dinner. Don't do this more than once a week!
2. go to GNC or equivalent and get some L-Glutamine. Take 1 pill (I take 750mg) before each meal. It does help with your intesinal processing of the food! I get far less gas from any end this way.
3. take a good multivitamin with breakfast and lunch.
4. eat less wheat and sweets, less or no fried, and more greens and chicken/other meats. That has also helped me somewhat - sugar avoidance (and I'm a real sweet-tooth, so it's hard)
5. cut coffee, pop, tea (except green)
6. get enough sleep - mine gets better ONLY after 8 hours!

Hopefully this helps someone out there.
This appears to be quite an old thread, but I too would like to add one to the pile.

I'm only 20, and I started having left side and shoulder pains rather suddenly in class three days ago. I'm not overweight, and I'm generally healthy, except for some GI problems, including GERD and IBS.

I barely managed to walk to student health, where I saw a doctor who told me what this board has helped me confirm, I had a previous diagnosis of GERD, so it was most likely the culprit.

She's suggested a 14 day course of Prilosec. I'm 3 days in, and I'm still having trouble eating ANYTHING. The first two days, I was literally on the floor in pain, today I managed to stay upright while I was eating my only food of the day at work. Hopefully this is actually a trend for improvment and not just a fluke.

I was surprised to learn the bit of physiological trivia that if your diaphram is irratated by stomach acid, it can cause pain in the left shoulder.
Go see a CHIROPRACTOR...what most of you are experiencing is a very slight dislocation of 2 or 3 Ribs on the right or left side of your spinal column...I got the pain under my right pectoral muscle...went to see a Chiropractor and he instantly diagnosed that indeed I was a side sleeper and that I had slept on my side one night with my elbow tucked under my ribs...3 quick sessions with Dr. Wilkie in Calgary (he has worked on Jack Nicklaus and most of the Women's Olympic Skeleton Bob Sled Team)...and the pain went away...what was explained to me was...there are nerves that begin at the spinal column and extend outwards along the ribs to the front of the body...if the rib is disjointed...even slightly...moderate to severe pain can be felt in the “front” of the rib cage...

If you decide to go see a sure they are trained in IRT (Injury Recovery Therapy)...It is a muscle memory resetting technique to help your injured muscles recover to a normal state around the affected area....muscles tend to remember your injuries and will tend to pull your bones back into their "previously injured" position again...

Hope this helps...been a month since my last appointment with the Chiropractor and I have been pain free and my breathing improved dramatically as a side effect...;b)

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