Chest and throat and ear pain - is it reflux??

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Hi everyone, my problems started about 3-4 weeks ago when I went to emergency with severe epigastric pain (pain just below the sternum) - it was a stabbing pain that also left me with a burning sensation across my abdomen. They ran a whole heap of tests - blood / urine / chest x ray and everything came back normal. Their final diagnosis was reflux, which was very surprising to me as I've never suffered a day of heartburn in my life??

The last couple of weeks my symptoms have changed to severe chest and throats pain, with associated ear pain also. I've been given pantoprozole which I believe is very similar to  nexium. I've also been trying all sort s of natural things like slippery elm, aloe Vera juice etc and nothing seems to be working. I'm getting worried as my symptoms don't seem to be improving.

I had an endoscopy and colonoscopy 4 months ago and all observations and bioposies came back normal.

At my wits end , would be very appreciative for any advice anyone could offer me.



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    Hi Have you been tested for h. Pylori bacteria? Those symptoms are  typical reflux symptoms but you need to find out if it's caused by a underlying infection. I have those symptoms and I'm h pylori positive. Problems with the gallbladder can also cause epigastric pain not so sure about reflux. Hope it helps x

    • Posted

      Hi Leni, 

      Thanks for your response

      No H pylori, the biopsies 4 months back all came back negative for it.

  • Posted

    Hi maybe fibromyalgia? Or have you tested for any autoimmune disease? Im going to a GI specialist tomorrow cuz im getting similar pains. I had an us all that was found was a slight fatty liver. i have no gall bladder. Hope you get a diagnoses soon and get into feeling better.
    • Posted

      Thanks Erika. 

      I appreciate you taking the time to respond to my query.

      I hope you get to the bottom of your issue. My pain has eased up in the last day but not 100%. I'm off to see the GI this morning to see what his thoughts are. 

  • Posted

    Any diagnosis on this yet? Have been suffering for 12 months with all those symptoms
    • Posted

      Hi Kurt,

      Went in for a gallbladder scan last week and still waiting on results. Will let you know when I get them.

      How about you, what tests have you had? Results?

    • Posted

      Ive had multiple blood tests and chest xrays, chest abdomen neck and pelvis ct scan, neck ultrasound, colonoscopy and gastroscope aswell as ecgs, holter monitors, stress test and an echocardiogram.. all clear. 

      Just had a spinal xray and i have mild scoliosis

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