Crazy bad Gerd? Or something more serious?

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Around the middle of last year i had a random onset of really bad pain in my chest, back and shoulder which the doctor very quickly and nonchalantly told me was acid reflux. I was given Omeprazole and went on my way. By this point the paid had significantly reduced, and over the next few months of taking the pills I had no further problems.

To cut a long story short, in the past 8 months or whatever I have had 3 more random episodes of very severe pain. I'm talking unable to sleep, the act of standing up and sitting causes a massive rush of pain, as does walking and pretty much any physical movement. Last time this pain lasted 4 days before subsiding, and right now I'm in day 2 of this lot. I've continued to take omeprazole as well as heartburn medicine (liquid), rennie tablets and gaviscon tablets but nothing seems to stop it once it is going.

Everyone else I know who has acid problems has told me it has never lasted so long or been so severe in them, and now I'm left wondering/worrying if it's actually something else eg: gallstones, cholecystitis etc...

If anyone could give me any suggestions, or let me know whether it's normal for acid reflux to be so severe, I'd love to know.

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    Not sure if this is vital information or not, but I'll add that the pain increases every time in breath in.

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    Hi I have had acid for over 30 years and been on Esomeprazole for at least 8. Since Xmas I have had similar problems to you, really sore pain in front of sternum and when I press between breasts where the ribs have a gap the pain in really sore. I have pain that moves from side to side and have this pain most days at some point. I thought I have having a heart attack and went to A&E to be told it was GERD. since end of January have had a chest infection so that has not helped but went back again last week as my heart is racing, I also feel as if there is a lump in my throat and sometimes when I swallow food feels stuck and I need to burp to clear this, is this what you are experiencing and yes mine heart when I breath in, that is why they said GERD at A&E as heart does not hurt when you breath in. now so frightened that it is something worse that I going back again today to see my GP.
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    Craig,

    I never have had reflex...that I know of because I don't know what it feels like! But the doc gave me a prescription for it. I get light pressure in the middle of the chest, sometimes it spreads out to the inner side of the breast. I have had feelings of air being trapped under the chest. Sometimes it feels like the chest muscels are having a spasum or contracting. I was on a trip in Dec and had that feeling for 4 hrs then it went away..even on the reflex meds.  I have had a cath, altra sound on my stomach, upper gi and just last month a scope down my throat. All they found was a small hernia, which they left alone. As I type this I have a pain in the middle of my upper back and the left side of my chest when I inhale deep? The only thing left to check are my lungs and I have had several chest xrays already? I don't know what else to do.

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      Hi Karen sorry for hijacking this post, do you sometimes feel food going down and sometimes feel like there is a lump there, which goes when you burp? that is what is freaking me out in case it is oesophogeul cancer.
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      No, I have no problem with food. Its more like a tighening of the chest muscels. Its strange, I can have discomfort smack dab in the middle of the chest and nothing else or just the tighening of the muscels. Get a scope that way they can rule out any problem with the esophagus/stomach. That will help ease your mind about cancer, thats one of the reason why I did it. easy test!
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