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Can you have GERD w/o the burn?

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Old 09-15-2003, 06:36 AM   #1
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Post Can you have GERD w/o the burn?

I have never been diagnosed with GERD but I was taking Nexium for awhile due to stomach pain. Started out as ulcers and now I don't know what I have. Anyway, I am on my third week of quitting Nexium and I do have slight heartburn every now and then which I can usually knock out with a Tums or two. However, some days I have what feels like something is in my chest and I can feel in my back (directly on the opposite side of where I feel it in my chest) too. It got real bad last Friday and it hurt to take a deep breath. I didn't have any burning sensation so I didn't think it was due to acid. However, I decided to take two Tums just to see if that would help and it did! Has anyone had anything like this? I know there is another post regarding having a feeling like something stuck in your throat. What I am talking about could be decscribed like that but it really feels like my chest is tightening and something is poking me in the back. I don't know if this a GERD symptom but can you have GERD without having any burning sensations?

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Old 09-15-2003, 11:08 AM   #2
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I have been told by my doctor that I have severe inflammation and gastritis, which I think are other names for GERD. I am currently taking Nexium, not for any reflux sensation, but because I was having severe stomach pain and back pain in both the middle and very low back. The Nexium seems to work a little but seems a little weak for my problems. Although I have GERD, I've never felt refluxy, only in pain, and yes, I very much feel it in my back just as you do.

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Thanks gillian for your reply. I guess when I think of GERD, I immediately think of heartburn or some other sort of type of burning sensation. I have also heard that a GERD can at times make you feel like you are having a heart attack. Just curious to know other people's experiences.

Old 09-15-2003, 11:53 AM   #4
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Oh yeah, i also wanted to add that when the chest pain and back pain was really bad, i took the Tums and got some relief. However, after I took the Tums, my stomach blew up and became very tight. I then took a gas-x which helped. When you use an antacid, is gas caused by neutralizing the acid?

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GERD isn't just heartburn, it's a chronic disease. And if you have it, you need to be treated and watched by a doctor. Please don't try to self-medicate - that's just if you have occasional heartburn.

Old 09-19-2003, 06:28 PM   #6
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Remember that as you read in my other post you can reflux other materials then just the hydrochloric acid from your stomache, but even though I am on 4 30mg prevacids a day I still get severe heartburn and backpain but I also have a lot of other problems that cause those same symptoms such as neuopalastic gastroparesis, but you would be best served to se a Gi doc, do you still have your gall bladder? I also get severe stomache distention when these symptoms act up.


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