People who suffer from heartburn and acid reflux experience a variety of symptoms.
Among these, there are some more common, but also others that occur less frequently.
Heartburn with back pain is exactly one of these, and we want to deepen more about that.
This because in many cases it can be confused with other diseases or conditions, with possible delays for correct treatment.
First of all, let’s define what “back pain” does really mean: in most cases, it’a muscle strain or arthritis in your spine.
However, back pain can be determined by many other situations, such as the following:
- heart attack
- slipped disc (or, more in general, any condition that leads to pressure on the nerve in the spine)
- cancer (it can involve the spine or any other organ with diffusion to bones)
- some infections (kidneys)
Those listed above are just a few conditions able to determine back pain.
We could also mention that back pain can be felt unexpectedly, for example after or during the execution of very simple and common gestures, such as sitting or even taking a step forward.
There’s another case: back pain can also appear after eating.
This is the case that interests us the most.
Heartburn With Back Pain: A Couple of Symptoms To Consider
People who suffer from heartburn and acid reflux can report back pain after eating.
In addition, back pain can also be present in conjunction with other typical symptoms of acid reflux.
This means that you can experience pain in a part of the body that is not the real source of that pain.
In order for you to better understand how things work, you can refer to a very interesting study about the possibility to induce referred pain by the simple pressure of other areas of the body.
In short, you can press a specific body part and you’ll feel pain in another one.
Something very similar also happens in people who suffer from reflux and heartburn, when they feel pain in their back (especially in the upper back, even though there are many cases of lower back pain as well).
Something very similar happens when a heart attack occurs.
We know that heart attacks and acid reflux (with related symptoms) have nothing in common, however, both conditions can present a referred pain in the back.
Heartburn And Back Pain
Some digestive disorders, including heartburn due to acid reflux, can determine back pain.
This is possible because of two reasons:
- the digestive disorder is able to directly cause a referred back pain
- the digestive disorder is somewhat related to another cause, the one that’s actually causing the back pain
There are several digestive disorders able to cause referred back pain: peptic ulcer is perhaps the most significant example.
In all cases where there is a digestive disorder, it’s essential to know what it is and especially if may affect the back directly or not.
Not only digestive disorders can determine heartburn with back pain.
In fact, also occasional indigestion, or transient episodes, can cause a referred back pain.
It has been noted that a person with indigestion is more likely to report mid-back pain.
Please note the importance of the affected body part: mid-back it’s just one of the most common areas of pain localization for people suffering from acid reflux and subsequent heartburn.
This is the reason why it’s important to know this thing: even the specific pain point reported can help you better understand the real situation.
Can Heartburn Cause Back Pain?
This is a very interesting question.
In fact, we can’t say that heartburn (and underlying reflux) are able to directly cause back pain.
However, this painful manifestation and reflux disease can have a special relationship.
The most important premise is that, in most cases, people who report back pain are affected by real GERD, more than simple reflux, and even less from occasional episodes of heartburn.
This is important because it means that by working well on the root causes of the disease, there’s a solid chance to get rid of this symptom.
The relationship between acid reflux (with heartburn) and back pain can be quite complicated because of some reasons.
What we considered above is important, because it means that by working well on back pain and/or reflux we can potentially prevent the other condition.
Heartburn with pain in upper back
According to the findings, there is a connection between abdominal pain and back pain.
More precisely, it has been noted that IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and heartburn are the two most common digestive conditions that relate to pain in the upper back.
As for people who suffer from heartburn, upper back pain is often related to the presence of chest pain.
In addition to the back, also neck, jaw, and upper abdomen may be affected.
Given that upper back pain generally is caused by factors like bad posture, overuse, accidents, and improper lifting technique, when heartburn is present you must pay the greatest attention to the accompanying symptoms described in the following paragraph.
Heartburn And Back Pain Symptoms
Talking about symptoms that can accompany heartburn with back pain, it’s important to recognize them all to understand if that back pain is directly related to reflux or not.
There are several digestive issues, like peptic ulcers we mentioned before, that can complicate things.
In fact, when a peptic ulcer is present, you can easily report symptoms like:
- abdominal pain
- different intensity of pain in relation to the severity of the ulcer itself
The above-mentioned symptoms generally differ from others, that, on the contrary, are often related to heartburn with back pain.
They generally are:
- pain in the middle of your back
- sour taste in your mouth
- burning sensation in your chest
The latter symptom is the most characteristic one, but the other two must also be well taken into consideration.
They are not the only symptoms that can occur for people who suffer from reflux, and heartburn with back pain.
Heartburn back pain nausea
Nausea and back pain can be present together in many cases.
However, on most occasions, this has nothing to do with acid reflux and/or heartburn.
In fact, there are some conditions, like gallbladder issues (biliary colic) that are the real cause of this pain.
In the majority of cases, people without reflux and/or heartburn report nausea and lower back pain.
This is important because in general terms people who suffer from nausea and heartburn report a mid-back or even upper-back pain.
You can’t take this as an “absolute rule”, even though this happens in most cases.
Heartburn and back pain pregnancy
Pregnant women are at higher risk of both, heartburn and back pain.
Also in this case, however, we can say that the lower part of the back is more affected.
Moreover, it has been observed that lower back pain is more frequent in the second trimester of pregnancy.
Another important affected part is the pelvic area.
Many pregnant women report the simultaneous presence of heartburn, lower back pain, and pelvic pain.
All these conditions have their specific cause, meaning that there is no direct correlation between heartburn and back pain during pregnancy.
However, they enhance the discomfort, and proper treatment for all is mandatory.
Heartburn and back pain at night
Nighttime heartburn is one of the most important symptoms for people who suffer from reflux.
More than this, it’s one of the most significant causes of deteriorating quality of life.
Heartburn with back pain during the night might be a sign of different conditions.
They vary from the simple bad sleeping position (remember, people with reflux must sleep on the left side) to more concerning health issues (disc degeneration, various spine problems, overstretched muscles, tendons or ligaments) and many more.
However, heartburn at night is not related to back pain.
People who suffer from heartburn must not try to elevate legs or knees during the night (a common recommendation for relieving back pain), because the opposite should be done instead (raise the pillow, to prevent the actual reflux).
Heartburn back pain headache
Also, in this case, we can’t say that headaches can relate specifically to heartburn with back pain.
Headache can be a serious issue,
There is a link between headache and lower back pain.
It has been noted that people with persistent headache or back pain were twice as likely to experience the other disorder as well.
People who suffer from reflux and also suffer from headaches or back pain are more likely to experience heartburn with back pain.
Once again, however, the lower part of the back is more affected.
This one more time demonstrates that heartburn (as well as other reflux symptoms) can be present together with one or more types of back pain, but they have a different origin.
Heartburn lower back pain cramps
This is another frequently reported condition.
However, also, in this case, there is no direct correlation between heartburn with back pain and cramps.
In fact, they occur in the lower part, while we have considered that heartburn is more likely related to mid-bak and also upper back.
In the case of lower back cramps, in the almost 100% of cases, the reason is related to injuries, or some bad practices (such as improper weight lifting), as well as inflammations (arthritis is the most frequent).
In other cases, the presence of lower back cramps may indicate something more serious, that needs a much deeper investigation.
However, this does not relate directly to heartburn.
In other words, if you are experiencing heartburn with back pain, probably the lower back is not interested.
If this would happen, the reasons are to be found in other risk factors or specific conditions.
Heartburn back pain and bloating
Heartburn with back pain and bloating can occur together in the presence of a digestive disorder that accompanies the reflux.
As we’ve considered before, IBS is just one of them.
The concomitant presence of bloating and upper-back pain is quite common, even though in such cases heartburn may not be present at all.
In fact, reflux and related symptoms affect the gastroesophageal tract, with no direct action on the bowel and other organs located below.
Severe Heartburn With Back Pain
Severe heartburn is a more serious condition that occurs when reflux and related symptoms are more frequent.
We can consider severe heartburn with back pain as a more concerning condition, even though the presence of back pain is not typical.
When acid reflux goes untreated (or improperly treated) for a long time, all its related symptoms become more persistent and begin to show up more frequently.
Things are very similar to what happens for GERD and back pain: in fact, more symptoms make the affected person more vulnerable to stress, anxiety, and he/she can make bad decisions in the matter of eating habits and lifestyle.
Treating acid reflux and related symptoms in the most seamless way, by eating right foods, adopting the proper lifestyle and then include in your diet some natural remedies that are proven to work is essential to avoid those cascades of events that can lead to the appearance of other symptoms.
In the paragraph below you can find some valuable advice.
Heartburn With Back Pain Relief
In order for you to reduce as much as possible all reflux-related symptoms, things to do are pretty much the same.
In fact, we now understand that upper and/or mid-back pain is just another possible symptom of the underlying disease.
That’s why you must not consider them as a separate symptom, because they are part of the same big series of symptoms you can control by working well on the right aspects.
So, you must work on the three pillars:
- eating habits (first of all, learn to recognize what foods trigger your reflux, because they may differ from what happens to other people – personal experience is the key)
- lifestyle habits (these things should be done ASAP, in the earliest possible phase of reflux, because they are very basic things, such as sleeping on the left side, not eating right before bedtime, not to wear too tight clothes and more)
- natural remedies, that are scientifically proven to work (you can prepare them at home with the right ingredients, or you can take them as you find them on the market: slippery elm, apple cider vinegar, baking soda, turmeric and even a special type of honey)
To make things complete, we strongly invite you to read and check the last paragraph “What To Do Next“: you’ll find a collection of very detailed programs that show you how to combine everything and pick the best and most complete solution for your case.
For what concerns more specifically back pain, we want to suggest a few carefully selected and proven additional programs.
You can integrate them into your current program, even though they are not specifically designed for people who suffer from acid reflux and heartburn with back pain.
Backpain Relief Program #1
The #1 program we suggest is called “My Back Pain Coach“: it’s probably the most complete and comprehensive program to follow to get rid of any forms of back pain in the shortest possible time.
The program is made by 8 movements only, and it’s suggested for both lower and upper back pain.
Moreover, it does not take more than 16-20 minutes per day. This because each movement takes no more than 2 minutes.
What makes this program so good is the release of several biochemicals in your body, after performing the exercises.
Such biochemicals, along with oxygen and nutrients, are the actual “healers” of your back pain.
You can follow the program completely online, but you also can benefit from one-on-one sessions to better target exercises to your specific needs.
If you want to learn more about this program and all related additions, we suggest to check the official website and watch the video or (if you prefer to read), click on the button “read transcript” on the bottom-right corner of the video player will appear.
Backpain Relief Program #2
The #2 program we suggest is called “Backpain Breakthrough“: in this case, you can see that everything revolves around a specific condition, called “rapid spinal degeneration”.
This can be the primary cause of lower back pain, and it depends on the shape of the spinal column.
This program begins considering that there are some tribes (living in the mountains of Ecuador, tiny fishing towns in Portugal or remote villages in West Africa) do not have any back pain during their life.
Then, it presents you 3 most important triggers for your back pain, and how to avoid them at best.
The likely most interesting thing is that the program takes just 10 minutes (or a bit more) per day to get rid of back pain in a consistent way.
You’ll learn what “targeted spinal release” does really mean and why it’s so important to relieve your back pain.
If you want to learn more about the program, we strongly suggest you read the presentation page, because it’s full of interesting information and scientific references.
Once again, the 2 above-mentioned programs are specific just for back pain: however, also people who suffer from heartburn with back pain can find relief.
Heartburn with back pain still is a quite underestimated symptom, especially because most people only consider chest pain, and they forget the importance of referred pain.
To this end, there are at least 24 proven facts to remember, listed below.
Acid reflux and back pain can be related in many ways, but if you work on your disease as a whole you’ll achieve a normal quality of life.
What To Do Next
Now, it’s time to take action.
You can check one or both programs that are specific for back pain, or you can take a look at the following complete programs to get rid of acid reflux and all related symptoms (including back pain).
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