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Hi all,

I'm sure this is a question that we've probably all asked ourselves at some point in dealing with our GERD, but I can never be sure if I'm just experiencing acid reflux, or if it's a heart attack. My acid flare-up symptoms are always slightly different, and so I find myself constantly thinking, "this time it really must be a heart attack." I have had EKGs and blood tests done within the past month which have shown nothing out of the ordinary, so at this point I am trying to reach out and gain some reassurance that others out there might be experiencing the same thing with their reflux. My current symptoms are as follows:

-typical lump in throat sensation
-gnawing pain in between shoulder blades (more towards left side)
-tingling down left arm
-pain on left side of chest and underarm
-discomfort/burning in center of chest

When I think of acid reflux, I think of simple heartburn as being the only symptom, but has anyone ever experienced these other symptoms with their acid reflux (pain between shoulder blades, tingling in arms, left-side chest pain)?

Thanks in advance for your input!

GERD & Anxiety
Hi Chrissy, yes, all the things you mention are related to Acid Reflux, the only thing I question is the tingling in your arm. I have had pain so bad in my chest that I thought it was a heart attack. I get it quite often, especially if I have taken ibuprofen. When you get this pain, try to remember what you have eaten, or any meds you have taken. Acid Reflux is a REAL pain, sometime it happens to me when I haven't eaten, so go figure. I used to take Prevacid, but recently I switched to Prilosec, OTC. Just becareful what you eat, and know that the anxiety makes it worse.


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