GERD can cause such symptoms. Other possibilies would be gallstones, inflammation of the esophagus or stomach or an ulcer.
The first test I would discuss would be an upper GI series - this can evaluate for GERD or ulcers. If negative, I would pursue either an ultrasound to look for gallstones, or an upper endoscopy which is a more comprehensive test of the esophagus or stomach.
I would discuss those options with your primary care physician.
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
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gallstones can cause such symptoms. It's not rare to be awakened at nite with attacks, and they are typically felt in the back as well as in the front. Other possibilities include GERD (acid reflux.) The way to find out is to see your doc and arrange some tests.