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Left side pain
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Left side pain

Hello, I have been dealing with left side pain for quite some time now, the doctors have diagnosed me for GERD, and have given me meds for it called Protonic. It's stopped for a while but now it's come back, not only in my side but my upper part of my back. I've taken muscle relaxors as directed by my doctor but all it does is make me sleep. I don't know how to ease the pain because everything i've tried hasn't worked. I've been up all night with the same pains, what relives this type of pain in your side and/or back?

Your help is much appreciated, thank you.
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Hi,
GERD pain can radiate to the places you have mentioned.
Continue PPI.
PPI alone is not enough and you may have to consider certain lifestyle modifications too which include the following -
1. Head elevation while sleeping
2. Small frequent meals
3. Going to bed 2- 3 hours after food
4. Avoiding bed time snacks
5. Avoiding smoking and alcohol
6. Avoiding tight fitting clothes
7. Avoiding cola, citrus drinks, carbonated drinks, tea, coffee, spicy food
8. Weight reduction

If you get nightime symptoms, consider taking zantac in additon to PPI.

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