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Forum Name: Cardiology Symptoms

Question: Pinch in lower left arm and burps and discomfort

 modijs - Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:18 am


I am 30 year old. I have been getting pinch in my left arm (under arm and on back side). I also feel discomfort in stomach and chest. While this happens if I get a burp or do a forcefull burp then I feel relaxed.

This has been going on since a month now. I visited doctor 3 weeks before and he prescribed me protonix. Doctor also took my EKG that did not come unusual. He recommended that I go for stress test but was not mandatory. With protonix i am doing good but it is not complete curred. I usually get the mentioned symptoms on average twice a day.
 John Kenyon, CNA - Tue Sep 23, 2008 12:08 am

User avatar Hello -

Gastroesophogeal reflux disease (GERD) can cause all the symptoms you describe (including the pinching sensation in your left arm, although that could also be a separate issue), It often mimics cardiac symtoms as well, due to the fact that the same nerves serve the upper GI tract that serve the heart and other structures in the thorax. Since your doctor has found nothing remarkable on your EKG and you have responded well to the protonix, the greatest likelihood is that your problem is GERD and that it is being treated appropriately and successfully.

Since your doctor left open the possibility of an optional stress test, it may help to ease your mind if you can do this and rule out any possibility of heart problems. If this is a concern to you, then by all means have the stress test done. Then you can know with reasonable certainty what is going on and the reduction in anxiety over possible heart problems actually could help ease the GERD symptoms as well, since they can be aggravated by stress.

I hope this is helpful to you.
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Sun Dec 14, 2008 6:28 am

User avatar I hope you are feeling better. Please keep us updated.

Best regards,

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