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awakening in severe thoracic pain
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awakening in severe thoracic pain

I recently was changed from prilisec to protonix which greatly relieved the laryngeal irritation from silent gerd.  Two nights past week have awakened with severe nerve pain entire left thorax (front & back between shoulder blades) and left arm/hand.  Ironically no substernal chest pain.  Echo and persantine tests normal 3 months ago (done to evaluate for PH/copd)  It was 9/10 and 10/10 severity nerve pain, not muscle, no brash, no acid in throat, etc.  It lasted less than 10 minutes.  I drank warm water and took a pepcid complete.  Since it was so wide spread (waist to shoulder) am trying to figure out if this is just severe diffuse esophageal spasm (not up into neck like I get with 1-2x year esophageal spasm) or thoracic spine problem.  I am fused C3-6, severe OA C1-2 and am starting to have more neck pain.  I do not have any anxiety or panic disorders.  I do have MCTD and am on plaquenil.  I don't know whether to pursue this with a GI doc or just monitor it for now.  Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Avatar m tn
Hi,
Esophageal spams does not produce symptoms you have mentioned.
It does not seem to be a GI problem.
You need to discuss with your physician about other possibilities including nerve pain.
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Avatar n tn
Thank you for your reply.  Fortunately it hasn't happened again.  
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