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A 40-year-old male asked:

can you get pain between your shoulder blades from gerds? i also have a small hiatal hernia

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Dr. Wendell Goins
General Surgery 42 years experience
Unlikely: Pain between the shoulder blades is most likely related to muscular origins, however some intra-abdominal causes can result in a similar pain but the muscles are usually not sore on exam (eg, pancreatic causes).
Dr. Scott Welle
Bariatrics 16 years experience
Yes: It is called referred pain. Because the nerves that control your stomach come from that area of your back, if you have a problem with your stomach you may feel pain there as well.
Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics 22 years experience
Hernia: The discomfort you get from a hiatal hernia is usually pain in your upper abdomen or chest. If fact, we sometimes think someone is having pain from their heart when in fact it is heartburn from a hiatal hernia.

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Last updated Feb 17, 2015

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