stomach/upper left back pain

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  • I am 49 years old.  I have suffered with nightime Acid Reflux for many years.  About 2 months ago, I started to have a pain in my upper left back and different bowel habits.  I lost about 7 lbs and had no appetite but I think that might have been anxiety since I have put a few lbs. back on and have gained my appetite back most of the time.  Sometimes I get a pain below my left rib cage but think that is gas related. I have had an abdominal/pelvic barium catscan, abdominal ultrasound both were normal, colonoscopy/endoscopy which showed a slight hiatal hernia, repeated blood work where my wbc is slightly elevated to a 12 but for years it is usually about that and a chest cat scan (normal).  My upper left back pain has persisted and even radiates to my upper left shoulder.  I had a normal EKG.  I am now on Nexium 40 1 per day for 3 days now.  I have become fearful of pancreatic cancer even though 4 GI dr.s have told me that it is highly not probable.  Anyone with similar symptoms/thoughts?

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Published On: April 06, 2010
11 Comments
  • ADeags
    Mar. 18, 2016
    I have been having the same symptoms and had all the test done but my doctor found nothing but acid. The pain on my left side rib cage has been driving me nuts for years. I was on nexium which seemed to help my acid reflux but not the pain in my side and back. Then after going back to my family dr and complaining again about the pain he put me on vimovo it...
    RHMLucky777
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    I have been having the same symptoms and had all the test done but my doctor found nothing but acid. The pain on my left side rib cage has been driving me nuts for years. I was on nexium which seemed to help my acid reflux but not the pain in my side and back. Then after going back to my family dr and complaining again about the pain he put me on vimovo it has 500 mg of naproxen and 20 mg of nexium. I find it helps the acid reflux and the side pain.
  • Dadavisg
    Dec. 15, 2015
    I am having the same symptoms of upper left back pain and upper left shoulder pain. It all started with excessive bloating and gas and constipation. I have had colonoscopy twice, I have a hernia as well. I belch a lot. I am going to the doctor to get checked out. But I also think it is acid reflux relate.
    • bryangodfrey1
      Dec. 15, 2015
      Hi If you look at my reply to October post below your post, this may help you,
  • IPaymyGastrosMortgage
    Oct. 28, 2015
    Dee, Did you ever find an answer to your symptoms. Like many of you, I'm in the same situation. The doctors all look at me like I'm a lunatic and I'm far too young to even be thinking of pancreatic cancer... Any help or information would be much appreciated.
    • bryangodfrey1
      Dec. 15, 2015
      Hi I have suffered back problems for fifty years, and found that the average GP is sadly lacking When back problems are involved, I have had acid reflux several time over the years, and pain Between the shoulder blades, having researched back problems for 25 years, found a link, to Acid reflux, the full story is rather long and involved, but cutting it short,...
      RHMLucky777
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      Hi I have suffered back problems for fifty years, and found that the average GP is sadly lacking When back problems are involved, I have had acid reflux several time over the years, and pain Between the shoulder blades, having researched back problems for 25 years, found a link, to Acid reflux, the full story is rather long and involved, but cutting it short, a muscle spasm Between the shoulder blades, indirectly causes the spinal ganglion or nerve relay, to mal function, this particular ganglion supplies the stomach, and the lower osophigal sphincter via nerves, that control the digestive process, when the nerve impulses mal-function, the sphincter Fails to close properly, as the nervous system is disrupted,the stomach can fail to monitor The strength of the acids, also reduce stomach churning action, you may experience gulping Like large hiccups, the back spasm, must have a reason to be there in the first place, so there Is a possibility of pinched nerve, there are many reasons for this, I have cured my acid reflux In a single body movement, so in that case it must have been a pinched nerve,the movment Must have release the trapped nerve, and I was free of it after 5 years, I know for a fact,that massage between the shoulder blades by some one that knows what they Are doing, an Osteopath for instance, It can take severel sessionsj to restore the ganglion, to Full working order, I have seen a post from someone who cured there's in the same way, Bending over a computer or some other long term bending of the upper body, may well cause This problem, any body who has acid reflux should do there best to find and iliminate the cause Not rely on medication that is just treating symptoms. Look at the warnings regarding the side effects Hope this helps,
  • jenny
    Sep. 11, 2014

    Hi Everybody. I Have the same pain in the left back side of body...I was diagnosed for GERD and I had an upper scopy and it shows only high acid and red lining. So I had CT scan and every doctor says that pancreas is fine. Even though I believe it has to do something with that.  Just want to say that probiotics help me with treating the GERD. I am on Nexium...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hi Everybody. I Have the same pain in the left back side of body...I was diagnosed for GERD and I had an upper scopy and it shows only high acid and red lining. So I had CT scan and every doctor says that pancreas is fine. Even though I believe it has to do something with that.  Just want to say that probiotics help me with treating the GERD. I am on Nexium (40 in the morning and 20 at night) plus Magnesium 400 and other vitamins. But I really worried about that pain in the left back side...

     

     

  • gasman
    Feb. 12, 2014

    I also have similar pain.

    Ive had a pain left side near end or ribs.not right round the back but on side.had it nearly 2 years.

    Had a ultra sound.endoscopy and chest xray.blood work all good.problem is last 2 months i have another pain left side of back that radiates to shoulder blade.hot burning pain.probally 6 inches long  2 inches from the spine.sometimes...

    RHMLucky777

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    I also have similar pain.

    Ive had a pain left side near end or ribs.not right round the back but on side.had it nearly 2 years.

    Had a ultra sound.endoscopy and chest xray.blood work all good.problem is last 2 months i have another pain left side of back that radiates to shoulder blade.hot burning pain.probally 6 inches long  2 inches from the spine.sometimes it itches been on zentac and the other one cant remeber name begins with o for 18 months !!. 

    Sounds like pancrease to me .seen 7 doctors and not getting anywhere.going to hospital in a month to the gi unit.doctors keep saying could be a ulcer even though i had the camera in my stomach 5 weks ago and got all clear just small amount gastritis.

    If i lay down it huts more especially driving a car.if i sleep on my right side it goes away and when i wake up its not there.once im awake 5 mins it kicks in.

     

    Its a n8ghtmare.no one is listening.if ur bloodwork is good then thats it.they dont want to know.

     

    Dave 

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    jim
    Dec. 28, 2013

    Yes had same problem now for like 3 years had every test can't find nothing

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    Knowledgeiskey
    Mar. 28, 2013
    Hi, from a few of your symptoms I would say for you to research probiotics , and not store bought half dead ones I'm talking refrigerated heavy dose probiots to restore your system. Research vsl 3 and also h pylori infections what it is what symptoms are ect. I think you will find your problem might be this little bug as I have been suffering with ibs(diagnosed),GERD(diagnosed),...
    RHMLucky777
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    Hi, from a few of your symptoms I would say for you to research probiotics , and not store bought half dead ones I'm talking refrigerated heavy dose probiots to restore your system. Research vsl 3 and also h pylori infections what it is what symptoms are ect. I think you will find your problem might be this little bug as I have been suffering with ibs(diagnosed),GERD(diagnosed), had my gallbladder removed all to find out that h pylori causes every symptom I had from trouble sleeping to nausea to embarrassing bathroom problems! Do your research regular medical doctors will prescribe triple antibiotics which in turn causes systemic candida aka yeast infection!! Probiotics matula tea and other natural items all will rid u of a lot of your problems:)
    • dee
      dee
      Feb. 12, 2014
      I actually purchased vsl3 and was taking one a day with little improvement so tried two and was nauseous so want to ask my dr what I should do. Not sure if my system needs to get used to it or not. I know dosage says two to eight a day but I've always been very sensitive to any kind of medication. Thanks for your responses!
    • WILLTONY
      Oct. 09, 2016

      I would LOVE more info on what you're talking about. Will you message me recommendations" Like which probiotics that are THE ones to use, etc.?