I have sharp pain in my upper back. Could this be gas pain?
There are several things that can cause upper back pain, including gas pain and heart attacks, but it’s important to remember that gas pain itself may be your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong—particularly if it happens often. Upper back pain accompanied by gas is a common symptom of gallbladder problems, for example, so it’s best to check with your doctor.
Of course, gas pain itself is something most people deal with at some point in their lives, and the pain can be excruciating. If you suffer gas pain regularly probiotics--specifically bifidus, lactobacillus, and acidophilus--can be helpful in restoring normality to the GI tract, which may decrease your gas over time. You can obtain these through probiotic-rich foods, such as yogurt, or through supplements. You may also want to avoid foods that can contribute to gas pain, such as beans, cauliflower, broccoli, or other cruciferous vegetables. These articles may also help you with other ways to handle gas pain:
Bursting the bubble of gas pain
Pain in the gas?
Unfortunately I don't have an answer....I'm also looking for one. I have a sharp pain in my upper back left side when I take a deep breath and it seems like some sort of gas trapped and I feel better when I burp. I take tums. It sounds similar to you. I can't find what it is. Good luck to you.
I too have these same symptoms that just started in Oct, after I had my baby. I get pains in the upper middle part of my back and which it's sometimes very hard for me to breath. I've noticed that if I humm I can get it to go away a lot quicker (within 5 minutes). I plan on going to the doctor about this within the next week so hopefully I'll know atleast SOMETHING...
if you could name the pill please
I'm not sure if you are still having this problem or have found the cure. I have this same trapped gas and have for 2 years. VERY painful. I recently purchase Vitafusion Fiber Gummie's from costco. Take two of them and within 5 minutes it will be gone! So very lucky I stumble upon this as I was trying to add more fiber to my diet only. Wish I could tell everyone that has this terrible condition. I am search message boards to let everyone who suffers know. I'm not a crackpot just trying to help. Hope all is well. Terry
Hey,I think it's great,since I've tried everything else. when I was younger my Mom
would give me a teaspoon of baking soda in about a 1/4 of a glass of warm water but this time nothing is working.Surprise to hear about so many others with same.
Will let you know if it works.
I had my gallbladder removed almost a yr ago and ever since then, I have had these HORRIBLE gas pains in my upper back and upper part of my stomach. They hurt so bad! It is not indigestion, I know it. Ive found that if I take pepto, it helps it go away a lot quicker but I cant take pepto every day! I didnt have any of this until my gallbladder was taken out. Ive been to the ER and had test done and they cant find anything! Thats how bad the pain is sometimes, so bad I go to the ER. I see my Dr in a week and I am going to ask if there is a medicine out there besides gasx and pepto that helps get rid of gas. Ive been woken up in the middle of the night because of it. This past week, it has happened almost every day, I am so miserable!
I have been to the ER 3 times, they think its all in my head, they did find a small kidney stone with a CT scan, I when back a week later they did an ultra sound said there were three more little tiny stones at the top of my left kidney , they told me there is no way that that could cause this much pain. I have faitned, I have screamed to the top of my lungs to someone to help me while I crawled around the floor my poor husband did not know what to do, we are both tired of this problem, I know its real, but they are telling me now it all in my head. OH I pray that I will find an answer soon this has taken over my life in every way. Going for a Ct on my gallblader Monday, I know its going to be a waste of time it will come back negative just like all the other test they have done. I need an answer soon its taking such a tole on my body and mind, I spend most of my days in bed, I don't know where to go to get this pain out of my body..... I need help can't take this pain 24 hours a day for much longer its all gotten worse since May 27 . My kids are so worried and frighten they have never seen me like this before no one has, this is my story. Suffering in Colorado... Muriel
My story is the same. I had my gallbladder taken out a years ago and experiencing the same pains. I don't know what to do!!! I think I ate something bad (an egg) last week which is triggering even worse. I'll be heading to the doctor for blood work next week. I'll ask my doctor then. Wish me luck!
I take zantax to stop excess stomach acid, sometimes. I find that it gives me cramps in my stomach. I have no gall bladder and so, I get a lot of indigestion. During times of excess acid, I noticed that my spine hurts more. I read that the nerves from, I think, T6, go into the stomach and regulate the acid. I don't know any more about this, but when the doctor gave me lansoprazol, in three days, the pain disappeared. To control stomach acid IBS symptoms, I take 'Now Foods' oregano oil. 'Heathers' tummy tamers, available from iherb.com. (brilliant herbal company in America, trustworthy and cheaper than UK prices, even with shipping.) But the pain in my pine is made worse as I have osteoarthrl.in the spine, but made worse when i have stomach acid. The following is very helpful www.pettersonchiropractic.com/.../ Look up Nerve of the week T6
www.pettersonchiropractic.com/.../ Look up Nerve of the week T6
I know how you feel. I have had this back pain that has had me in tears. I have been diagnosed with hiatal hernia and acid reflux. I have completely changed my diet but I still suffer with this gas that is unbearable. Ihave been to the emergency room several times. I hope it gets better.
i also take zantax i was feeling like in breathing.. it is too cold here i think that's why it's appen.. :)
No, you're a saint!
I'll buy some first thing
I have the same problem but dr act like i'm crazy. I know the pains i feel are gas pain but not just in thedigestive system
I have the same problem mine has been going on for over a year, all my test come back negative, I am about to lose my mind,, its in my back, under my left ribs, my stomach, I have terrible headaches the longer they keep looking for this problem that I made up in my mind one dr. told me the most pain attacks my internal organs, I have lost so much weight, I am so weak and dizzy, I am at my wits end. I wish someone could help me get my life back. God helps us all....
Anxiety and maybe depression causing indigestion problems. I have the same. Find a doctor to treat anxiety also acid reflux meds. It may take a little time. Get rid of stress. You will get better.
I'm right there with you - doctor after doctor and test after test they find nothing
so I conclude it's part of a newly- diagnosed low thyroid: the doctor"nurse informs me of this over the phone, says I don't need a prescription. RIGHT - I have been in perfect health my whole life and all of a sudden half of my hair is missing. This new thing with the sensation of a gas pocket in the middle of my back along with the burning stomach hss got to go. I only hope this is not cancer related. I'm going to demand to be tested for h.pylori ( I finally thank God for the internet) because from what I gather, that's the restart button for this evil sensation and I know the treatment is brutal but I'm all in to get rid of this thyroid-reflux gang, they jump me and kick me as I'm already down from the grand-mal panic attacks that have convinced me of my dying young and for no reason, they came from having no answers to why my body seems to be attacking me. Three brand new conditions for someone who' only had a few head colds and a flu. I have lost so much weight and so much sleep. Forced to quit my beloved job of 14 years. Doctor's office folded up last month, just days before my appointment. Insurance paperwork and lab results went into the stratosphere instead of the cloud. Every doctor I see from now on will be a board-certified specialist. We can skip the bedside manner business, JUST LISTEN TO MY SYMPTOMS AND TEST ME FROM HEAD TO TOE AND GET ME TOGETHER! ! I AM DONE WITH THE SUFFERING! ! Something has to be there; nobody goes from normal to falling apart with symptoms mimicking cardiothoracic issues and clear test results (and I had them ALL, I thought), or do they? I will simultaneously find a board-certified nutritionist. I won't rule out an herbalist either. I am desperate and afraid. I pray every day to thank God for what good health I have left and for Ativan and baked potatoes.
I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.
I'm taking my life back.
I hope that you find relief for anything distressing you.
I will pray for all experiencing anything similar.
I know from personal experience that prayer works; I pray now for a competent medical team to put this all behind me.
Take good care and be well
i have pain in my upper back under my left shoulder blade, and i also feel it in my chest, it feels like gas, but it hurts.can you help me?
I also have pain in my back under my shoulder blade an left side of my chest when i move. Prevacid an it helps a lot, i also get precussions done on my back to help move the gas.
take gas x it sometimes helps
I also experience the same symptoms of severe pain between shoulder blades and I was diagnosed with acid reflux disease. The attacks will last roughly an hour with the pain coming about every 10 minutes or so. Sometimes it can be unbearable.
I have been getting a pain in the middle of my back, between my shoulder blades, and at the same time in my chest. I will all of a sudden pass gas so loud the neighbors are probably waking up wondering what the heck that noise was, they are so loud and long. Once I have passed this gas, the pain goes away, till it builds up again, causing my back and chest to hurt again, and another big blast comes to relieve it. Never had this before. Thought I was having a heart attack the first time, till I passed the gas so big and pain went away. Wondering if something is wrong. I have been sick to my stomach the past 24 hours also. Don't know if this is gas related thou. Has anyone else experienced my symptoms before. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Hi there. Have you ever found out what was (is, I hope no longer) causing your pain near your shoulder blades??? If so, was it gas? As I suspect what may be causing mine?
I have had these pains for years on and off and now it is pretty constant although the intensity varies....I had my gallbladder removed last year and had a gastric emptying test which showed gastroparesis ----I am on Protonix, Zantac,erythromycin and carafate but I still have the pain---It was accompanied by nausea for months but now the nausea is better----I have had so many tests but nothing else shows up
I woke up this morning and felt like I had a nice jabbed into my back - btwn spine and right shoulder blade. I too thought I was having a heart attack. The pain is at its worse when I take a full deep breath in. At first I thought I pulled a muscle, so I took a muscle relaxer and advil. Then I started thinking I had pneumonia. Then I started burping a lot. Took some gas x and I'm burping more but no relief from pain. When I turn my upper body to the right or if I turn my head to look over right shoulder it hurts almost as bad as when I take a deep breath - this makes me think it's muscle vs. gas. Could gas pain really hurt this bad?
I have been having a co relation between pain between my shoulder blades and very gassy stomach. The pain always comes first and then the gas which made me think that the back pain was causing the upset stomach and not the other way around. Also the pain usually came at night and not after eating. It has been so bad that a couple of times it actually made me physically sick. So I have been looking around for information and found this information on a chiropractic site. "The T6 vertabrae is is directly between the shoulder blades. If the pain fibre of T6 is pinched you will have mid back pain or burning. The autonomic fiber of T6 controls the blood flow to the stomach and controls the release of stomach acid. If the stomach acid fiber is pinched you can have acid reflux or heartburn as there will be an incorrect amount of stomach acid released when the stomach is digesting food." This is paraphrased from Petterson Chiropractic Clinic website.
I don't believe in self diagnosis except as a guideline so I will be making an appointment with a chiropractor this week and following up with my doctor. I am also watching out that I am not doing anything physical that could strain that part of my back.
Hope this helps.
I get the exact same thing. The pain gets so bad I want to call 911 but I know its just gas. Sometimes it last for a few hours. I have tried everything. I had the scope down my throat. The GI told me to take Beano before every meal and cut down on foods that give you gas. I boght some fiber gummies at Costco and had been taking them for a week and half. The day I missed I got the masive pain. I took the gummies and it was gone in 5 minutes. I suggest you try this. I wish I could tell everyone suffering from this issue. Good luck.
i thank god im not alone ! so many people have this , im reading here. i have ibs, alway was gasey as a baby, colic very bad...i get the gas so bad in my back, shoulder blades,and side. i take previcid , but i cut it down along time ago to 15 mg. i think i should back to 30mg. i took gas x.. i have neen going thru this very often, like now. the gas is terible. im afraid to eat, which means i eat onece a day. i dont much of anything, fruits , veggies, i use to eat. i feel terrible to. ibs, anxiety, gas...this is all i know how to do . gas x, hot water to drink, previcid. i fell bad for all of u. i just pray. im 64 so i dont know.? I HATE THIS! let me know if u find another way. pray...
I have a similar sort of problem. I wake up normal and after brushing my teeth I start getting a sharp pain start below my right or left shoulder middle of back. Pain is bad especially with full breath. It really hurts when I turn my head to a specific position. I am then on to panadols / brufens for pain and then antacid tablets, and also DEGAS capsules. I am normally stuck with this pain for 3 days. Burping does not help me. Generally the pain appears suddenly with some movement but goes away slowly.
I have realised that this is due to gas entrapment and is not muscle sprain.
I have found out that when ever I eat protein rich food I develop this. I am vegetarian so proteins for me are be Peanuts, Lentils, chick peas etc.
I am avoiding these for the last 4 weeks and I am seeing some good results.
I also have this pain that last for about 2 to 3 days, i can bend over suddenly and it hits me, the sharp pain tends to be in the center of my back but i can feel it in my chest and when i take a deep breath it can be unbearable and i can feel it in my ribcase, it starts me to panic but i do remember my Internal Medical Doctor saying that it was gas and how gas can travel like that, still hard for me to believe and i had just had and colonocopy a week after asking him. I take Gasx and Zantac on a reguler basis, but ever now and then i do get this i find when i don't drink enough water and stay regulated it tend to creep up on me. Sorry I didn't have an answer but just to let you know YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
I also get gas pains near my shoulder blades. When I inhale it hurts. I think my gas is caused from Equal and Splenda, so if any of you use these products, that might be the reason.
Most of what you are describing is gas lounged in your back. Power walks, boxing motions, holding your hands over you head and breathing slow and deeps helps get the gas moving. you can take some over the counter gas relief but I noticed they do not work or me. Just cold hard movement and it does hurt like crap but it works. a sking motion also works good luck. I am no doctor so do what you do and be safe.
In March 2010, it felt like all of my insides went hard and stale, and the feeling went up into my left side of my throat and into my left ear. Through taking A LOT of malox over the weekend, I finally began to feel better. Since then, I occassionally had an attack that would wake me up at night. These attacks would start in my middle upper back and wrap around both sides. The pain was so dull it made it unbearable. It didn't hurt to breathe, but it was uncomfortable to do. There was no position I could find to get relief. I've always suffered from constipation, so I thought it was just gas buildup that I couldn't pass. I began to take some herbal supplements that increased bile production- seemed to help. When the attacks happened, I'd get up, take my herbs, and be back to sleep with 10 minutes. In Oct. 2010, my normal routine just wouldn't work on me. It lasted for hours, and so I went to the ER. The dr. thought it was endometreoisis, and told me to make an appt with my gyno, but if I began to throw up, come back. Guess what? The very next night, I began to throw up. I went back to the ER, saw a different dr. I told them how I thought it was gas buildup, and they said gas doesn't travel from the back to the front- it travels opposite. They found that I had a gallstone, and took out my gallbladder, though they weren't for sure if my pain was related to my gallbladder. Sure enough, I had another attack this morning (they are going from happening only at night to happening anytime). I can't figure out what it is. Like everyone else, it is made better with passing gas (which I can't seem to do!) or emptying my bowels.
Since all of this is going on, I have also been having recurrent sinus infections and ear infections. I was wondering how sinuses are related to the digestive system, and I found out that it could be due to too much yeast in your system. I have been told that I am allergic to yeast.
" Since all of this is going on, I have also been having recurrent sinus infections and ear infections. I was wondering how sinuses are related to the digestive system, and I found out that it could be due to too much yeast in your system. I have been told that I am allergic to yeast."
I read from Dr Sahelian's research that antacids for prolonged period of time somehow affects the bacterial flora of the intestines and bacteria could possibly grow and cause infections.
I too have had this shoulder/back pains from gas, it has been 10 years.. What helps me is hot pack over the painful areas, it helps me burp and it feels better- Over the years, I have researched and tried many things.. I used to also have more severe pains around my kidney areas and stomach and I just know its gas. I used to curl up till 4 in the morning with my hot pack till I eventually feel better and finally fall asleep. What I found that helped other than the hot pack was watch what kind of oil I take or eat. I stopped my calcium oily gel supplement and changed it to regular pills. My pains I noticed was different, depends on what kind of oil my food was cooked in..Even Fish oil gives me more gas back pains. At all times, hot packs over my shoulder, my back,and even over my stomach helps. (I rotated application) My daughter got me one of those herbal packs for pain. They are kind of heavy wrap that I have seen being sold in malls. Microwave it for 3 minutes and wrap it in another thin towel.
Years ago,there was a time I could not eat pizza, it causes me stomach and kidney/back pain for hours.. that has completely gone away since I started taking Lactobacilln acidophilus, 2 caps with or before meals.I felt better.. I did that for a while.. After time, I can just eat pizza without taking the pills. Back to my shoulder and back pains, the gas has now radiated to my upper arms, worse in the right arm.. My physical therapist says its frozen shoulder ??But my pain is still related to gas cause when I use hot packs, I burp and it gets better.. I am now taking Naprosyn for the pain, and will take Omeprazole for the gas.. My gall bladder ultrasound was Neg. Still searching.. praying and hoping...
I have had this upper back pain behind my shoulder blades for over 10 years then it got worse and moved to my upper arms too..I burp when I massage or squeeze my arms or back, and it seemed to make it better. After searching so many years, I read that its probably gas that escapes from the gastric system and goes out to other body areas and causes pain. I think I found one answer, but I still could use help.. My doctor started me on Omeprazole one capsule at night before sleep, It took a week or two for omeprazole to work . My pain is much less often. Occasionally I notice I get the back pain, after eating or drinking something sour..then for proof,I started taking Vit C 1000 mg with Rose hips, and that must be strongly acidic for me. It resulted to such bad pains in my upper back for hours.I was miserable .Thats what told me its really from acidity. I changed to buffered Vit C since then and its been better.I still have gas pains in my arms whenever I wake up in the morning but nowhere as bad as it used to be. A hot shower helps the gas pains in my arms and I get more relief as I move my arms around. Occasionally I take Maalox when I feel an acidic stomach also when I'm hungry and unable to eat yet. I always carry a light snack like crackers or chocolate, otherwise I will be sorry. I never thought it was gastric reflux but looks like thats what it is. Omeprazole or Pepcid lessens gastric acidity and its dosed once a day before sleep. I hope this helps.
I remember my mother suffering wiht this when I was a child. Unfortunately, it was one of the things she passeed on to me. I am having a horrendous bout of this right now. It always starts in my back and every time, even after 20 years of this happening to me, I wonder, "How did I strain my back?" When it first starts, it feels more like intense back pain from misuse and does not feel like 'gas' at all...then it starts to creep around to my chest and then I start to burp.
This morning I awoke and the pain was more excruitiating than I had ever experienced before. I started to become afraid. I told myself to just relax...take a deep breath. That's when I really got scared because taking that deep breath hurt more than I can say. I then started to feel like I was going to pass out and throw up. I was home alone, so I stood to get the phone just in case I needed to call 911..that's how bad it was. I sat and tried to compose myself and after about 15 minutes, the feeling of fainting slowly disappeared, but I had broken out in a sweat. I just sat for a while and eventually started to feel like I no longer needed to have the phone handy. It was pretty scary.
The ONLLY good thing that came of this, is that after all these years of having this issue (which doctors have NO clue as to how to treat it) is that I think I have found what triggers this in me and it is overeating tomatoes. Both this time and the last time this happened to me, I was on a tomato kick (I love grape tomatoes)...I think I am OK if I eat them on occasion, but eating them constantly seems to be what triggers this intense upper gas in me. I am hoping this may enlighten some of you.
It makes me sad that 'good for you' foods are the ones that cause stomach issues. I have never gotten sick binging on junk food...only certain fruits and veggies. My favorite things..onions, garlic and tomatoes, which are such a big part of my diet, all cause me horrendous pain. It kinda sucks....
I think we are all taking too much fiber. I had that same problem with the back pain I took Metamucil every day, because it helped me with hemorrhoids. Then I found this website and it changed my life http://fibermenace.com/ . Please check it out. It all makes perfect sense...
Thank you for sharing this website. I have shared it with family and friends. I have irritable bowel syndrome and it can be very painful and life disrupting. I believed that fiber was the answer to every ailment. Now I know better!
This makes perfect sense. I had to give up the fiber supplements because they caused me too much discomfort.
Cheryl W. RN
Fo IBS, I read that Castor Oil Pack by Edgar Cayce could help.. google or Youtube..
Its very interesting.. Good Luck.
Since it's been three years since you all posted your questions, I hope you have found an answer and can share it with me because this is exactly what I'm experiencing -- pain when I move/breathe in at my left shoulder blade. Help, please!!
I have been cured. After more than 10 years of all these back pains, right upper arm pain, frozen shoulder, they have finally 95% disappeared after a month being on Pepcid 1 tablet before sleep, and 1 capsule of Gas X after dinner. So these meds are before bedtime. My pains always came and worst after waking up in the mornings. Instead of gas escaping into my other body areas and cause those pains, now escapes the normal route and I feel so much better. I wanted to share it with you all, if you wanted to try.. These meds are over the counter (though my Pepcid was prescribed). It took a months time, but its all worth it. Good Luck. :)
Since giving birth to my daughter a year ago I have been experiencing the exact same symptoms as everyone here for the most part. Pain in the upper back and chest, lots of gas. It usually occurs at night and the pain is so intense I cant do anything except writhe around on the bed or floor. I have tried everything from taking a hot bath, moving around, putting pressure on my chest and belly, hanging mostly upside down over the edge of my bed even. In the past these have worked but just last night none of them did anything at all. I passed gas a lot but it still didnt let up. I took 3 ibuprofin, 2 tums and then finally after almost 5 hours of pain I had a triple shot of vodka. lol. I wouldn't reccomend that. I dont drink often and never strait shots. Yeah. Not planning on repeating that one again unless I am feeling masochistic. My husband found me very buzzed in the tub at 3:30am. So he made a quick trip to the CVS pharmacy near us and talked to the pharmicist. He reccomended the store brand Pepsid AC. I was sceptical at first since I thought all I had was a bad gas problem not a heartburn problem but I took it anyway. Couldn't hurt, right? Sure enough after about 15 minutes the pain started to slowly dissapate. I was still passing gas but the chest and back pain went away. I finally passed out after another half hour; exhausted from pain and lack of sleep. Next time any of you have these symptoms try the Pepsid AC or a store brand like it. Good luck.
If you haven't seen a doctor, please visit one. Ask for an ultrasound on your gallbladder. I had the same symptoms about a month after having my second child. The writhing pain, getting in a hot shower to try and relieve it, I tried taking gas-x and it did nothing. I noticed this happened a LOT more when I ate foods that were fried, or high in fat content. One night the pain was so bad, I could barely tell my husband what was going on, so I went to the ER. They did an ultrasound on my gallbladder and it turns out it was infected, and had gallstones. They didn't want it to spread to my liver so they removed it later the same day. Good luck to you!
I am having the same problems. I have do this about every few weeks and mine last for days. My doctor put me on rantidine twice a day and every hour if it hits. I am in serious pain as we speak and it hurts in my upper back and under my ribs. I am also vomiting which relieves it some but it is still there. Sometime I feel like I am going to overdose on antiacids. lol. I just wish it would go away and stay away.
I have had this type of pain all my life and whe i was little my mom to me to the ER and they said it was gas. they told her that we have a gas pocket undere our ribs and shoulder blades. and when you dont eat right or eat enough veggies,gas can build up and can cause pain for hours. So i have alway made sure to eat lots of veggies and fruit and fiber..although i still get it fromtime to time.but it isnt as bad.
I also can sit straight up in a chair and take a deep breathe and hold it for a couple of secends and then blow it out. if you can do this for about 10 minutes off and on it helps. it may not help everyone but i have found that it helps me!
While not the only cause, some stomach problems can be caused by spinal misalignment. The T6 vertibrae can pinch off the nerves that go to your stomach. If it is out of alignment then your stomach cannot function properly. If your stomach acid is low, having a spoonful of vinegar or drinking pickle juice can help as it increases the acid levels in your stomach to aid digestion.
This might be worth looking into if you have stomach problems that are otherwise unexplained. Not all chiropractors are equal. Make sure you find a good one! Mine came from the Palmer School of chiropractic and the treatment has brought me much relief. I know when my T6 is out now because I will have problems eating. As soon as he puts it back, my stomach will start growling and I get really hungry!
This is very interesting! I've had this pain in my back, off and on, since I was pregnant with my oldest and he will be 28 in Feb.2013 (I'll be 50 in Mar.) My husband is thinking it's eating foods that are too spicy. But I don't think that's it. I get it ALL THE TIME! And this past week has been horiffic! Drops me to my knees! Tears of pain! When you mentioned something about the acid in our stomach, we have done research on EATING ACCORDING TO YOUR BLOOD TYPE. I'm AB and I'm suppose to put lemon juice in warm water every morning, to help me prevent stomach cancer, because my blood type doesn't produce enough acid.
***Back to this problem...I was told years ago, to suck the juice of a lemon for heartburn, which I thought was my problem, and it actually works!! The acid in the lemon, counteracts the acid that's causing the issue.
I feel better reading these stories...I feel at times, like I'm going crazy (also fromt he pain.)
Yes it is because of gas only,
Very interesting article, thanks for sharing :)
Trapped gas can cause terrible pain behind the shoulder blades, and cleansing out the bowels is a good remedy to releive it.
I have been experiencing this pain for quite a while now. I just turned 66, the doctor thinks it may be due to athritis/osteoporosis, The pain is NOT a bone pain, so hard to describe, gas pain is the only thing I can relate to. I didn't think you could get this in the back, but that is where it is, it is sensitive to the touch and forget hot packs! I have been taking tagamet, otc, plus the hydrocodone the doctor prescribed. The tagamet relieves the gas, in turn relieveing the pain, but not always, I am going to try pepcid or previcid to see if it works, but I will also suggest my doctor check out my gall bladder. HE works for me. I fired the last one because he said he couldn't help me. HUH? That's what I said, and promptly got another doctor who is at least listening and making an effort to help. The tagamet is just a suggestion to you. It helps for a little while anyway. Thanks for all of you sharing, at least I know I am not alone.
I don't think Hydrocodone is the answer for gas pain. That could could just start another problem all together from side effects. My pain in my back, similar to yours could be started by certain oils, fish oil, olive oil,coconut oil, surprisingly, not canola oil, but other oily pills could cause it too. The pain just makes me feel really tired and irritable. I sit upright on a large tempur pedic pillow or some harder pillow that presses all the way down to the spine to get a good burp. I do need to move the pillow around to get all the areas. Essentially, acidity causes most of this, so acidic food like tomatoes, pizza, sour food, un coated Vit C etc. causes symptoms. Also pressing your back on a hard chair could pull a burp. I have also been taking Lactobacillus acidophyllus , a probitotic, it helps.
My main resorts are Pepcid every 24 hours taken before bed (i was allergic to Prilosec), Gas X now and then, I take Tums when I eat acidic food, I also have milk intolerance, except now that I take Lactaid milk (from Costco or grocery stores) , it heals my hurting acidic stomach. It does not fail.. Years ago in school, we used to give 1 oz of milk every 2 hours for active Peptic Ulcer till pain subsides.... The problem here is that acidity is there, its an ongoing process, we eat, it produces gas then gas escapes causing pain to whatever body areas.....and the cycle goes on and on.. I just started taking Cinnamon pills, I take 250 mg after each meal, its an anti gas, improves digestion, other good effects are stabilizing blood sugar,(diabetics should beware and read up ) decreases cholesterol and triglyceride, . It's been a week, I feel like I dont bloat as much... though gas pains in my neck, back and shoulder still comes and goes..
I have no medical training for the record.
Assuming you have ruled out a serious issue like a tumor or something, I found a solution that worked for me. I had the same problem-- a high stabbing pain above right, near the shoulder blade. Docs found nothing, thought it was a pulled muscle. Then I found a solution based on my own understanding of human anatomy.
Air bubble is pressing on the vagus nerve and cuasing pain in that area. Clearing it was very easy. I either sat in a stiff chair or stood upright, then extended my arm out paralell from the body (like an airplane wing). Then I used the back of the chair or muscle strength to draw my arm backward rigidly (forcing the blade inward) with palm down. This resulted in a bubbling sensation and a good sized burp in which the pain released and the gas released. Works like a charm. Sometimes the pain comes back in a few minutes, then release it again.
I suspect it comes from either diet or a small flaw that allows trapped gas, maybe GURD, but the arm trick worked wonders for me. Let me know if worked for you if it does.
A SLIGHT BURNING PAIN IN MY UPPER LEFT BACK NEAR THE SHOULDR BLADE BUT WHEN I BURP IT EASYED
Try drinking green tea regularly and also detox your body which will reduce your gastric problem. My Mom tried this and she is fine now. Also consult an endocronologist to find out further medication for this problem.
I have similar propblem as well. Have accute pain in my chest and upper back and all round the ribs. The pain subsides after a few burps or after I pass wind. But the pain is so bad that I keep rubbing my ribs for 10-15mins every time it happens. Have not seen my doctor yet in the matter though.
I had the same problem 3 years ago, and I have it now. Sometimes I feel a sharp pain to the point where I cannot even talk. I took tylenol last year until it went away. I know for sure that it is gas because before it moved to my upper back it was in my lower abdomen.
Well, I am not alone. I have for 35 years suffered with this pain that I call my non deadly heart attack because I have yet to die from it, but it feels like a heart attack. (though I have never had a heart attack, I think it might feel like this?)
At age 14 it began. I had to gulp water after lunch just to make the pain go away. From there, it just kept getting worse. Through the years, I found that when the pain starts, I can rock back and forth, side to side and force burps out, and when the pain is so bad I want to die, I have someone pound on my back to move the pain around and help me burp, like a baby who has colic. (the harder they hit my back, the better to stop the pain)
It use to be my ex husband doing this, now it is my children who must pound out the gas. Sometimes, gulping soda helps due to the fizzle. At times the pain is so intense I bring up bile or vomit. It usually starts if I eat lettuce, fatty foods, cheese, ice cream, milk, chocolate, coffee, cabbage, red meats, spaghetti sauce and pizza, mexican food, etc. Sometimes, it happens if I have NOT eaten for several hours or when fasting. A friend suggested that maybe its a gluton thing?
My doctor tried me on Prilosec and that worked till I developed an allergy for it. Now I have some pain med (Hyoscyamine 0.125 mg sublingual tabs) I can try that will disolve under my tongue along with some other antacid that my insurance wont approve, so the doctor just called in a different one. I had my galbladder checked in March, negetive. Today, I had a Barium Swallow for an Upper GI. Negetive the doctor said, no hernia, etc.
So, I ask him, what is the problem? It has to be something. He said he can do other tests to see the lining of the stomach, etc. But for a month, he wants me to try the new pills. If that does NOT work, I will have the tests. I am tired of the pain, and it can strike ANY time, not just at night. Its hard to be in public with that pain.
By the way, two of my kids, who are both adults now, also suffer from the same thing and my mother also did. However, my mother had Divoticulitus anda hiatial hernia. My mother use to say I inherited the family stomach. Sigh.
I am tired of the pain. Mystery Diagnosis is ME.
Seriously...please quit with this. Nobody is having these horrible pains because they are perfectionists.
You, best described, exactly how I feel!!! I've tried so many things.
I'm going to share what I have found to help.
Down, a few stories, I commented on someones story, explaining what I've learned about "YOUR DIET ACCORDING TO YOUR BLOOD TYPE". Anyway, I'm
AB. Because of my blood type, my body doesn't produce enought acid. So I'm suppose to squeeze lemone juice in my hot water/hot tea every morning. To help prevent stomach cancer.
***Years back, someone suggested I suck the juice of a lemon. The acid in the lemon counteracts the acid causing the problems. It works for me. Some times better than others. But when I'm desperate,...I'll do anything. Better than laying on the floor crying :(...
Thanks for sharing your story. It was very helpful.
On a side note sometimes it gets a little worse, but then just do it again. I often follow up with a Gas-X or some other gas product just to be sure if theres a few bubbles that stick around.
The one answer to a cause can be gastroparesis. Usually in diabetics but I also have it and am not diabetic. It is where your stomach/intestinal tract slows to a near halt thus you can not move the gas. I take Reglan 10 mg for mine when I feel it getting too bad as the side effects of the Reglan are horrific but I dont have much choice due to the nerve damage. Also, stop drinking from straws, chewing gum or eating hard candy. Another cointributing factor for me is the required use of narcotic meds due to severe inoperable back problems. The pain meds just slow everything down even more. Hope this help someone. I also use GasX from time to time but the Reglan usually helps as well as cutting down the amount I eat at a setting. There is something to be said for 4-6 small meals a day.
I forgot to add that my pain is usually(although varies) is midway between my spinal column and my left side. Putting pressure on it with my hand does temporarily reliev it somewhat but hard to hold your hand there all the time. I rolled up a towel and place it behind my back too sometimes and try everything I can before taking the Reglan.
I have the same thing as everyone else and I've done everything in my power to try and figure out the cause. I have 2 endoscopes, 1 colonoscopy. I drank Barium and they xrayed my digestive system, and I've had MRI's and CatScans. Of course, everything comes up normal. It is not normal to feel acid burning in my chest and either I have gas 24/7 which is embarrassing in work or I don't have gas at all which turns into the knife I feel in between my shoulder blades. What is causing the problem. Is it the gallbladder? The pancreas? Lack of digestive enzymes? Liver? Am I going insane? I've been seeing a chiropractor for the back pain and he says my T4,5, and 6 are weak, but in the meantime, I'm burping and finally here comes the gas so is it REALLY my back or is it gastric reflux causing the back pains??? I was on a mission to figure this out in 2008 but then got tired of doctors thinking I needed tranquilizers. I stopped smoking and drinking and I eat everything plain and I STILL have the issues. It's not fair. I want to get this resolved like everyone else. I will try my gastro dr one more time.
After all you scopes- tests, no diagnosis ? It might be simpler if you try Pepcid once, at night before sleep. Thats how my MD prescribed mine. It will take time to work. Give it a couple of weeks. Your acid feel to the chest sounds like GERD, the shoulder pains sounds like gas pains that I also had for many years.. When or if you feel your stomach is so sour and it hurts, or if your acid is backing up, try Lactaid (milk) 1/2 cup.. I warm mine up and it relieves my stomach pain pretty quickly. I don't have to do that much now that I am on Pepcid. (Pepcid has less side effects after prolonged use compared to Prilosec) This is not gall stone symptom (per my MD) Also try extra strenght gas x while you are waiting for Pepcid to truly work. It might work right away too. Good luck, and relax. Acidity is increased with stress..
Was that pain around the shoulder blade when you took a deep breath? So many people commented, and I cant remember everyones original story..when i take a deep breath it almost feels like i pulled a muscle, but it doesnt hurt unless i breath deeply, or sneeze.. My range of motion is untouched, so i wasn't sure. It's been this way for quite some time and I curently have no money or insurance to see a doctor, so please let me know if this was like your case? Glad you're better!
Mine is not with deep breath, it was just there. You might have some kind of inflammation that Advil round the clock could help eventually. Advil or Motrin is an anti inflammatory, but you have to take it around the clock with FOOD every 6 hours for around a week to reduce the inflammation. You have had it awhile.. What do you think of alternative therapy , like healing massage. It sounds like you have trapped air. It could also have started from too much acidity like mine.. In which case, my same treatment could help.. You might want to try Extra strenght Gas X , I take it as needed and then most importantly, before bed.Its better If you could improve without antacids, but you could try it too for at least a month. Good luck. I never in all those years associated my pains to GERD/acidity, but thats apparently what I had.. Good luck..
thanks for your reply. I go more towards hollistic approaches rather than medications, and I do goto a massage therapist when i can afford it. unfortunatly since this happened, i cant afford it and lets face it, my boyfriends not even close to enthusiastic about giving massages...I'm going to try the gas-x, since i noticed that i really dont have it every tie i take a deep breath like i thought. its mostly at night- yet almost always when tomato sauce has been eaten (and thats a lot in my house- at least 5x/week) i think the acidity may be doing it after all! I had no problems all day, then had lasagne for dinner and here i sit with the pain again. Thanks so much for your input.
Please would you advise me? I live in Dubai and have been to atleast 4 doctors in the last 10 days but I am not sure that their diagnosis is correct. I dont now where else to go.
I have a history of pneumothorax in my mid 20s and had a double pleurodesis. In the last 10 days I have been in excruciating pain in my back.
It started about 10 days ago when I was watching television. I suddenly got a dull pain in my spine between the shoulder blades. I put a hot water bottle on it and took some panadol. The pain went but the next day it came back and got progressively worse. I tried heating pads and more panadol which seemed to help. However, during the night of the 3rd day, I was having trouble breathing. Every time I took a deep breath it was as if my rib cage was not contracting properly and it felt like hundreds of bubbles moving around under my rib cage. When I woke up it was really bad and I was rushed to the ER because I could not take a deep breath, the symptoms felt like a pneumothorax. The base of my rib cage (in the back) hurt. thanks in advance
I'm also experiencing similar issue today.
Pain on my right side under my rib-cage, closer to my kidney area/appendix?
Only when I breath-in. My breathing in capacity is only about 50%, 2-second span. It appears that when I feel gas coming on, the pain worsens and doesn't allow me to burp properly as the pain subsides the release. Not sure if taking a pill like gasx or equivalent will help as it might worsen the issue. I've tried cold and hot packs and rest (it's been 2-days).
I think I'll go grab some tums and gasx and see where this goes.
No fever or or other issues (as yet).
Your symptoms sounds like its your lungs, esp. that you are now familiar with your pneumothorax symptoms. You should go to the "lungs" blog as you might could get better help there. Hope they did your chest Xrays.
i to have very sharp in my pain upper back .but before it comes, i will get a sharp pain in my jaw.then i know what is going to follow after that,pain in the upper back to my thoart.i had found out that it is gas,but from being so very depress and upset about thingsit brings it on.plus drinking coffee dosn't help.so i take two aspins and drink something that will make me burp it up and two tums.it helps