Is Acid Reflux Causing Your Back Pain?

When it comes to aches and pains in the upper and lower back area of the body, it really does seem like the causes are varied and numerous. From sudden injuries to repetitive strains that lead to overworked muscles and joints, back pain is certainly a pain to deal with.

While I’ve known for a while now about some of the more common causes of back pain, it surprised me to learn from an article by Spine Universe that there may actually be a link between back pain, specifically in the upper back region, and acid reflux disease, also known as GERD.

If you know anything about acid reflux disease, or have ever had a bout or two of very noticeable heartburn in your life (which you probably have at some point or another), you know that in addition to being extremely uncomfortable, you will experience a wide variety of other symptoms as well. Pain and a burning sensation in the chest are of course two of the most common indicators for heartburn and acid reflux, but many people also experience nausea, bloating, coughing, hoarseness, and an excess amount of saliva in the mouth.

So how exactly does upper back pain fit into all of this? While the link has only recently been identified by scientists and medical professionals, it has been noted for a while now that many patients with acid reflux disease, especially those who have this condition on a chronic basis, tend to report feelings of pain in the upper back while their other symptoms are present as well. Interestingly enough, it is often reported by patients with acid reflux that the pain tends to get worse while lying down to rest or go to sleep at night.

It’s a good thing that there are ways to prevent and treat these uncomfortable and potentially painful symptoms from taking over your well being. When it comes to preventing heartburn, there are steps you can take. If youknow you are prone to it, try to avoid foods that are spicy or acidic. Be sure to eat slowly, and eat small meals throughout the day, instead of a few large meals that may make your digestive system have to work harder than it should. Finally, seeing a doctor of chiropractic on a regular basis can improve all of your symptoms, especially your back pain. Through the use of manual manipulation, your spinal column will be adjusted into its proper alignment so that your body will be able to work and heal itself naturally.

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