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Thursday, March 18, 2010 teanpa, Community Member, asks

Q: Can acid reflux cause a pain in your left shoulder and near your left arm pit?

I've had this pain before, so I'm wondering if it's connected to the acid reflux. I feel a weird sensation in the center of my chest sometimes. It's an uneasy sensation.

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Stephanie, Health Guide
3/19/10 10:08pm

Yes, it can but the problem is that same pain can be due to a shoulder injury, or heart issues. It is best to get it checked - better safe than sorry. You don't want to treat for reflux and have it be something else. You can read more about the symptoms of reflux here:

 

http://www.healthcentral.com/acid-reflux/introduction-000085_4-145.html?ic=506019

 

It may help to keep track of your symptoms so that you can explain to your doctor how often it happens and how severe it is.

 

Best of Luck - Stephanie

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teanpa, Community Member
3/19/10 11:54pm
Thank you for the reply. I know I have acid reflux, because I was diagnosed with it. I stopped taking the medication I was on because I got better. I don't want to be dependent on a pill. Unfortunately, I strolled off my diet and now I'm back at step one. A few days ago the arm put pain started to act up, I was coughing a lot, and I was having the whole acid reflux swallowing issue. So, due to the returning symptoms, I'm taking the pill again. I also feel a weird chest sensation sometimes and it feels real familiar. I know I've had it before, so I don't think it's my heart. Thanks again for your reply!:) Reply
Stephanie, Health Guide
3/20/10 12:48pm

I've been hearing more and more of us have cyclical flares with our reflux. It's great if you are able to take meds for short periods of time and then go off again for a while. I too do not like being dependent on meds but for me it eventually become not a choice.

 

I assume you know that the coughing can also be a symptom of reflux. For my daughter, it's her primary symptom.

 

Best of Luck - Stephanie

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By teanpa, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/19/10, First Published: 03/18/10