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Back Problems board

I DO have back pain, but that just comes with the injury I sustained when I was in my early twenties. I also suffer from anxiety disorder and am on Cymbalta for it (new drug that does work quite well!). As for the symptoms you're describing, the GI doctor I saw kept referring to my sensation as "burning" and "pain" and, while I told him it didn't actually hurt, he insisted that these were all symptoms of GERD.

If you look at the human nervous system, the nerves that are located in between the 4th and 8th thoracic in the center of the back (lower-middle) are directly connected to the stomach (which is a bundle of nerves unto itself). So it is quite possible that both of our symptoms are directly related to this. However, the burning sensation you describe may be a result of a digestive disorder that is somehow tied to these nerves. Have you taken any of the over-the-counter PPI's, like Pepcid? They're pretty safe, and it may be worth a try! I ALSO used to suffer from GERD, but my problems were more of the reflux/bitter acid in throat variety. (as an aside, I cut down my carb intake drastically and haven't had heartburn in a year!)

As for osteopathy, I've gone to chiropractors, but actually felt that my lower back (and neck) felt worse unless I went in for two to three adjustments a week. While my insurance covered it, my co-pays were close to $60 a week, so I stopped going! LOL!

But, yes, I do know what it's like to get the puzzled looks from friends, family, and doctors when I describe my symptoms! However, on the bright side, all of the tests we've had have ruled out anything serious, so at least we can take solace in that :D