Acid Reflux and Back Pain - Partners in Crime
You may have never put the two together but acid reflux and back pain can be connected. Whether they present themselves together or separately, the pain can be excruciating. Understanding the connection will help alleviate symptoms.
Acid reflux is the result of acid rising up the esophagus from the stomach. The acid is necessary aid to digestion but it is supposed to stay in the stomach where it is produced. When the flap at the top of the stomach is not working to keep the acid there where it belongs, acid reflux occurs.
The pain and discomfort caused by acid reflux can range from mild heartburn to severe stabbing pain. It might occur only occasionally and can be remedied with over the counter medicine or it might be a daily problem that requires a prescription to ease the pain.
Acid reflux pain can range from very low in the abdomen all the way up the chest. The pain radiates so that unless you are aware of having the condition, you may not even be able to pin point is origin. In addition to the stomach and chest, the pain sears at your sides like a cramp and up your back and neck. The upper back and neck pain is most commonly described as stabbing and it feels like you are being stabbed through the chest and out the back and shoulder blades.
When the back pain in question is lower back pain, more thought has to be put into the whole picture. If you suffer from chronic lower back pain, however, there is a good chance that this is related to your acid reflux, as well, but not as a direct result of the actual acid reflux attack.
Doctors recommend not eating near bedtime, as well as sleeping with the head and upper body slightly elevated. The experimenting and change in position and habit puts stress on the lower back, especially if the experimenting puts your body in improper alignment. The reason the connection is not made immediately to the acid reflux is because the damage occurs over time, applying a little more strain each night, so that when the pain actually presents itself, the reflux does not come to mind. In fact, it is commonly blamed on something else that recently happened and another thought is not given to it.
The best course of action for acid reflux and the back pain that accompanies it is to eat a balanced diet and not over eat in a sitting, as well as daily exercise including yoga which strengthens the muscles in your back and stomach as well as improves your posture.