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Gas pain in my UPPER back - anyone else having this?

My longer questions are getting no looks and no comments so I'll keep this short. Basically 8/10 times when I eat (no matter what I eat), I get terrible straining back pain in my mid-upper back. Sometimes it even feels like there's a tickly sensation coming up my throat that's BARELY detectable until suddenly I start choking and coughing - so I assume it must be acid?
The major symptom is the upper back pain though. I can't find anything about this online.
Can someone please help? This is getting unbearable.
Please don't mention pills as I have been to the doc many times and had the PPIs issued without success.
I'm even taking simethicone for gas build-up and it isn't working.
So desperate for relief - please :(
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973741 tn?1342346373
Hey, sorry some other questions of yours didn't get responses.  I forget about this forum sometimes!  Yes!  I've had this.  Not routinely though.  Are you having this symptom all the time.  I was a long time GERD sufferer and have had other digestive issues with constipation, diarrhea, intermittently.  So, I get it.  It's all a big pain. The pain in the middle of my back can be maddening.  I also had gallbladder issues.  So, for me, the solution was actually weight loss and diet changes.  I dropped 10 pounds and eventually a bit more and it almost completely solved my GERD.  And diet took care of the rest. Before that, what worked for me wasn't PPI's, hated those.  I took simple Pepcid or Tagamet.  Worked well and then things like watching acid, cutting down on sugar and fatty foods made a huge difference.  

Here is an interesting link to an old post here at medhelp and I'm sure there are many many others of people who have the same issues as you (and me) https://www.medhelp.org/posts/Digestive-Disorders---Gastroenterology/Back-Pain-associated-with-GERD/show/233552.  ;

Here is something backing up that this type of mid back pain can be caused by acid in the esophagus.  https://www.merckmanuals.com/home/digestive-disorders/symptoms-of-digestive-disorders/chest-or-back-pain .  It does also mention the other reason could be heart related but with your history, it would make sense that it is all GI related.  Have you had a physical recently though to make sure?  
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Oh bless you for responding - and so quickly! Thank you so much! I'm going to check out the links you sent me  - and actually one of my issues was that I had a really stress-related weight gain of almost 50 lbs over a one year period! So I'm really wondering now if the weight loss would cure it like it did for you. The clincher however is that I've been KILLING myself trying all sorts of exercise and different diets to lose the weight and after even 8 months of intense workouts, my weight didn't budge. Not ONE pound. It even mystified the doctor and she checked my cortisol levels and whatnot to see if I had some kind of hormone "crazy" going on.
Still no conclusive results anywhere....
I think after reading your post I definitely believe with all my heart if I could lose this unnatural 50 lbs, I'd be fixed. Just have to figure out how to do it...

Thanks again so much Xx Means a lot that you replied so fast! Glad you were able to clear up a lot of your own issues.
Hi, I also YES would like the link to the weight loss group. That would be very helpful as my efforts are now futile no matter what I do. Only two and a half years ago my body did what I asked and I would just have to do a few weeks of aerobics to get things back under control. Now no matter what I do my weight doesn't budge. Also I got normal blood work done last week and am slated to do a CT scan this week. I wonder what it will show.
Thanks again...
973741 tn?1342346373
I hear you on the weight gain.  And, boo, I've gained some of my weight back but enough is off my issues haven't resurfaced.

I have heard that losing weight is 90 percent what you eat.  I definitely am a believer in exercise but changing diet helps too.  I didn't do anything too drastic. Gave up soda (huge for me) and cut way down on sugar. Eating out not much and never fast food (I have kids and this is tempting as we run from one thing to the next). Also, I've read a lot about intermittent fasting. This is when you stop eating at a specific time and don't start again until the next day. So, say 6:30 or 7 pm and no food after that.  Maybe a cup of tea if you need 'something'.  And go until the next morning as late as you can go.  I have a terrible time cutting out carbs but some have luck with that.  

There is a group that works on weight loss here.  Would you like the link?  
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Interestingly I began the intermittent fasting you mentioned right after New Years and have done pretty well with it. I also drink home-made bone broth every morning on an empty stomach in an effort to heal my stomach. Nothing seems to have worked. Even now as I'm typing this, I have immense pain under my right breastbone which is where they say the gallbladder pains stem from. So worried :( In answer to your question I haven't had a cardiac ECG in a couple of years so maybe I will request one when I see my doctor in a couple of weeks, just to be sure.
The diet thing versus exercise is definitely something I believe in too but I spent most of last year altering things and cutting down. I didn't drink soda or eat too much sugar or take-out to begin with so it was hard for me to really find anything to take out... still don't know! In any case thank you for the advice. The most drastic thing I'm leaning towards is a 2-5 day bone broth fast with ACV and nothing else, to try and purge my system of toxins. Afterwards I'd have to permanently eat differently though so it'll take some time. I STILL don't even know if it's my gallbladder or just some severe form of IBS or GERD... the doc doesn't know either :(
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