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I have pain on my left shoulder blade and next to my spine. As well as arm pain and slight numbness in my ring and pinky finger. Also have acid reflux?

I have pain on my left shoulder blade and next to my spine. As well as arm pain and slight numbness in my ring and pinky finger. Also have acid reflux?

Consider these:: The numbness anatomy suggests ulnar distribution or c8-t-1, nerve compression in the neck, but this could also be seen in thoracic outlet syndrome. Have you had some recent trauma? Testing can reveal the diagnosis. Doubt the stomach issues relate to the arm and shoulder problem.

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Dr. James Chapman
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more


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Can acid reflux cause left arm numbness and blurred vision?

Can acid reflux cause left arm numbness and blurred vision?

No: Gastric reflux is not associated with arm numbness or visual changes. You need to have those symptoms evaluated by your doctor.

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What causes pain near the left scapula sometimes radiates to my chest and left arm neck. Dr says prob pinched nerve I have acid reflux as well help!?

What causes pain near the left scapula sometimes radiates to my chest and left arm neck. Dr says prob pinched nerve I have acid reflux as well help!?

Nerve: Sounds like it could be a pinched nerve in your lower neck. Typically these will get better on their own. You can try icing, antiinflammatories and give this some time. If it doesn't seem to be letting up, an MRI can be done and other treatments can be tried. Follow up with your doc too.

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Can heartburn or acid reflux cause pain in the left arm and upper left shoulder blade?

Can heartburn or acid reflux cause pain in the left arm and upper left shoulder blade?

See your doctor.: Heartburn and acid reflux can cause left arm and shoulder pain. However heart conditions can also do this. If you have a personal or family history of heart disease you need to see a doctor. You may also develop an ulcer with moderate alcohol use.

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Why am I hurting? Last weekend it was right arm an right chest now it left arm an left chest im 31 I have bn told I could have acid reflux

What is Cause: There are multiple reasons why you could behaving these pains from gastrointestinal to cardiac. See you doctor for an evaluation now.

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His chest will feel fuzzy similar to acid reflux after exercise. Often his left arm will ache in spots/feel heavy w/ the weird pain. What may this be?

His chest will feel fuzzy similar to acid reflux after exercise. Often his left arm will ache in spots/feel heavy w/ the weird pain. What may this be?

Kind of "atypical": HOWEVER a EKG/ECHO monitored exercise test is indicated if the "patient" is over 40 or has cardiac risk factors (Family History, Diabetes, Obesity, Hypertension, High Cholesterol) Hope this helps! Good luck and BE WELL Dr Z

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GP sent me home with an RX for Prevacid (lansoprazole) for persistent chest pain, no questions asked. Can acid reflux also lead to soreness in the left arm/shoulder?

Yes, but ask questio: Your GP should've asked questions or at least verified your symptoms, duration, & medical history to see what the likelihood is. Irritiation of the diaphragm from acid reflux in the stomach (or heart disease) can cause left arm / shoulder pain. However, is your family's tendency for heart attacks or reflux? Use HealthTap Prime if you don't get a satisfactory answer. Prevacid (lansoprazole) takes ~1 week to work.

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35 M with clean echo stress and lipids. All cardiac factors fine. Acid reflux. EpigAstric and left jaw pain with left arm dull pain. Can it be heart?

Possible butUnlikely: If your pain is provoked by spicy foods, overeating, eating near bedtime, and NOT provoked by exercise / exertion, it is much more likely Reflux than from the heart. On the other hand, if the pain is caused by exertion, and/or you have a family history of heart disease at young age (in mom, dad, sister, brother), then you should be more concerned about the possibility of heart disease. Good Luck.

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32 yo male, chest pain, left arm pain, went to ER. Passed blood test, xray and ekg all is fine. They think its reflux. But why do I get pain in arm?

Arm pain many causes: Arm pain is not related only to heart ischemia. The good news is that all cardiac related tests were negative for heart problems. Please follow up with your doctor. Start also to pay attention to the severity of pain in arm and what activities usually cause pain to increase or disappear. Hope you will get better with reflux treatment - diet and anti - acid treatment help.

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36 M with normal echo stress lipids BP no fam his and non smoker has mild chest pain left side and left arm pain. Doc says anxiety or reflux. Scared!!

Trust your doc: Absent serious risk factors and after a normal stress echo a 36 year old man can feel confident that chest pain is not due to heart disease.

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36 M with normal echo stress lipids BP no fam his and non smoker has mild chest pain left side and left arm pain. Doc says anxiety or reflux. Scared!!

36 M with normal echo stress lipids BP no fam his and non smoker has mild chest pain left side and left arm pain. Doc says anxiety or reflux. Scared!!

Symptoms: Low probability of heart cause given what you provide. Can always get another opinion and explanation if unhappy with first doctors interaction.

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6 urgent care docs based on EKG and fam phy based in fam his, echo stress and lipids think I am fine. Mild chest pain left arm pain. Angina? Reflux?

Why urgent Care?: With your description of your symptoms and tests you have undergone, Your doctor or cardiologist is more equipped to handle & follow you on long term basis, you may need more tests, see your doctor first and follow through, not visit to urgent care centre.

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Can acid reflux cause burning sensation in left shoulder and arm pit chest area. If I touch where it hurts it hurts worse?

Can acid reflux cause burning sensation in left shoulder and arm pit chest area. If I touch where it hurts it hurts worse?

No, this isn't GERD: This symptoms constellation is not consistent with reflux disease. It should be checked out just the same. The fact that the pain is worse when you touch the area suggests that it is either musculoskeletal or nerve pain. Is it related to meals? I'm wondering why you are associating this with reflux? The best way to approach this is to visit with your doc and have an exam done with some tests.

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Burning in chest from acid reflux gone, however now feeling a numbing sensation in left shulder that radiates down my arm after I eat. Is this gas?

Please get evaluated: Although you are young and female your symptoms are concerning for a possible cardiac process. If you have a strong family hx of heart disease please get checked out right away. Symptoms in females may be atypical

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Hand and arm tremors yday when holding glass of water but not on rest. Lasted for 5 mins, having acid reflux wen it happend, what's the possible cause?

Hand and arm tremors yday when holding glass of water but not on rest. Lasted for 5 mins, having acid reflux wen it happend, what's the possible cause?

Intention tremor: This is an intention tremor which is probably only a temporary situation in your case. It isn't parkinsonian. Unless this tremor continues or involves other structures, you wouldn't need to investigate further with a neurologist. I feel that the gerd was unrelated unless it caused undue anxiety enough to make you tremble.

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I get back pain, left chest tingly preassure, tingly arm & a little light headed. All my exams are perfect. Can it be muscular related or acid reflux?

I get back pain, left chest tingly preassure, tingly arm & a little light headed. All my exams are perfect. Can it be muscular related or acid reflux?

Don't know: There is no way a forum like this can sort this out. Talk to your gp. He/she will take a full history, do an exam, order appropriate tests and refer you to a specialist if needed.

Dr. Shari Jackson
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Reflux (Definition)

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