Gastritis/ulcer causing chest pain and upper back neck pain

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Since yesterday, I have been experiencing upper back neck pain and now this morning, some upper chest pain when I woke up. I am on ppi , and doctor think it is gastritis.

Don't know how to make this upper chest pain go away? I am already taking ppi and it is bothering me. Also, sometimes I get this upper back neck pain.

Does anyone have this experience? When will it go away? And how to manage it, is there anything I can take ie food etc to make the chest pain go away.

Thank you kindly so much for your comment and advice.

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    Do you have a lot of gas? That would be the only thing that I could think of that would cause the back and neck pain. Try a gas relief product. PPI's don't always do it, add pepcid and like that as well.

    If it isn't gas, then ...... then maybe tests for other things not related to the stomach.

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      Actually not gassy. But yesterday, I am tasting some blood , but when I spit out, no blood come out. ( just one time) It is very frustrating, especially in Canada, the medical system really don't care. I have been referred to specialist and told to go home with ppi and heal myself. Everything takes months and months. I still don't know when my appointment will come. I just hope somehow this chest pain will go.

      I am so sorry for the ranting. I guess, when one is sick, you just feel so alone in this. I hope I will feel better at the end of the day.

      To test for other things ie ultrasound, I cannot eat for at least 6 hours, but with my hunger pains, I need to eat at least every 3 hours, otherwise, my stomach is too empty.

      But thank you though for your reply. I appreciate it so much.

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      I really feel for u as a fellow gastritis sufferer I know it can cause some really nasty surprising pain. I try not to take too many ppi's as I get a lot of bloating on them. I do however eat very small amounts of bland food, very low fat, no coffee, chocolate or alcohol. I eat mainly cabbage soup (cabbage is healing) and smoothies.

      I know how frustrated you must feel, my dr referred me to the gastro team at our local hospital in January, still haven't heard a thing!!! nearly five months, so much for the NHS being the envy of the world! My problems started whilst Iwas waiting to have my gallbladder removed, sadly things have only got worse.

      Hang in there and keep posting.

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      Hi Joanna,

      Yes, Gastritis totally changed my life. Can't believe that a stomach can be so complexed. Because of my heartburn, I had to take PPI. Really didn't like it at all, if I wasn't on so much ppi, I would be less anxious.

      I totally can relate to you about the referral thing, I don't understand why they can't see how horrible gastritis is. It is not a simple case, but I believe it will be resolved over time. You will need to be disciplined and do all the right steps.

      I think due to flare up problems that people often talked about, don't try to introduce new foods, eat at the same time interval, and after eating, get on your feet. Go walk, I find if I sit too long, not too good. And yes, try to relax.

      I also began to wonder about my own gallbladder. This lady told me she suffered for 2 years, no one knows what was wrong with her, untill they find out about her gallbladder. The minute the gallbladder was removed, all her symptoms went away.

      I think you should stand strong and continue doing the right steps you are doing. I hope you get the specialist soon. Advocate for yourself. Call your doctor, and ask how it is going, tell them how you are suffering...see if they can move the line quicker.

      Thank you for your encouragement. You are not alone. this is probably more common than you think.

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    Try a food diary to find out what food could be the culprit. Your PPI should help with the chest pain along with painkillers or milk. If I get upper chest pain with reflux, milk/and or painkillers help. I don't know why you have neck pain. Maybe it is referred pain? Stress can also trigger gastritis. Everyone is different. There is no exact timescale for symptoms to subside.

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    Hi Pippa,

    Appreciate your reply. I don't think I ate something different, but that morning I was talking to some people, and I do get a bit more tense when talking to people I don't know a lot, so maybe that cause something burning, and then the reflux pain.

    I seem to be allergic to milk, but I will take gaviscon. Thank you again for your reply and time!

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