Originally Answered: HELP! Chest pain and back pain?
I am not a Dr, and apologize for late
By all means try to stay in touch with
your Dr. It COULD simply be symtoms
of seasonal flu. But it can also be a
recurrent kidney infection, so check
with Dr for that. Be careful with
NSAIDs and antacids, because they may
cause kidney problems in some cases.
GERD is often manifest as chest pain,
and may aggravate other pains, especially
if one has a small hiatal hernia of the
LES, a small valve that is supposed to
prevent digestive gases from burning your
esophagus. The test for this is a
cat scan, and rather than surgery, is usually
treated with something like nexium. NSAIDs
such as advil, motrin or aleve may aggravate
GERD. Drink plenty of water, and antacids
can help relieve GERD. Unfortunately, several
techniques to relieve back pain can aggravate GERD,
because GERD patients may have to sleep with
neck and head elevated.
You did not say where your back pain
is sited, but a spinal vertebra could possibly
cause a radiant pain, but the Dr could
tell from X Ray if any disks were problematic.
A recurrence of kidney problems could
cause back pain, and Drs may have looked
Your Dr may be helped with diagnosing you
if you begin to keep a journal of diet and
activity to identify sources of the problems.
Good Luck, I hope it is something as
simple as GERD, which responds very
well to treatment. Limit or avoid
alcohol, caffeine and smoking. Drink
plenty of water, get good moderate daily
exercise, plenty of rest and follow your