Suggest treatment for severe back and chest pain

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Posted on Sat, 1 Apr 2017 in Hypertension and Heart Disease
Question: My back has been hurting for a few days
Off and on i have gerd can that cause back pain or could it be heart attack not a lot of chest pain had two ekgs last year both were normal
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Answered by Dr. Ilir Sharka 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
I would recommend as follows:

Detailed Answer:
Hello!

Thank you for asking on HCM!

Regarding your concern, I would explain that GERD can cause back pain. Is the pain relieved by antiacids or omeprazole? This would be another argument in favor of GERD underlying your symptoms.

A wrong posture during the day or prolonged sitting position can also cause back pain. In such case the pain would be of musculo-skeletal origin.

I don't think that your symptoms are cardiac related, especially considering your age.

Nevertheless, if the problem persists and antiacids are not helping, I would recommend consulting with your doctor for a physical exam and some other tests:

- a cervico-thoracic spine X ray study
- a chest X ray study
- a resting ECG
- complete blood count, PCR, ESR for inflammation.

I would also recommend trying acetaminophen for the pain. It can relieve musculo-skeletal pain.

Hope to have been helpful!

Kind regards,

Dr. Iliri
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