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Q: Does acid reflux cause "waves" of pain that go through to the back?

At night I have been having more frequent episodes of what I believe to be acid reflux.  The pain comes on gradually and then comes in waves lasting several hours.  I feel pain through my upper chest all the way through to my back.  I take Prilosec and try to watch what I eat, but it is unpredictable and awakens me from a deep sleep.  Thanks for any help.

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Stephanie, Health Guide
12/31/09 12:11pm

It is possible that this pain is due to reflux. I have had similar pains that are helped with simethicone (e.g. Gas-X). I've also noted that if I am having issues with constipation then the pains will happen more. Basically, the plumbing below is keeping things from moving well above causing more issues.


But, it's important that you discuss all of this with your doctor especially if the Prilosec isn't taking care of it. It's also possible that the Prilosec doesn't agree with you. There are many people who have problems with one type of Proton Pump Inhibitor but are fine with another.


Best of Luck - Stephanie

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By Desperate, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/23/10, First Published: 12/30/09