Left shoulder pain after eating or drinking

Posted by jrofri @jrofri, Dec 5, 2017

Has anyone experienced severe left shoulder pain, down the upper arm, up the neck to the ear, approximately 15 mins after eating. This pain usually lasts for three hours after eating a meal.

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@hopeful33250

Hello @jrofri and welcome to Mayo Connect.

I am sorry to hear about the pain you are experiencing in your shoulder, arm, neck and ear after meals. That sounds very uncomfortable. If you are comfortable sharing more about yourself, it would help to know some more information. For example: how long have you experienced this pain? Have you had any other digestive symptoms (like GERD, ulcers, gall bladder problems, etc.)? Have you had any stomach or abdominal surgery?

By giving our Members a bit more information, perhaps someone else in our community might be able to share a similar experience with you. We look forward to getting to know.

One last question, have you talked with your doctor about this pain?

Teresa

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Marlaxyz@Marlaxyz Hi, Thanks for your suggestion. I asked my Oncologist that question today about chemo (7 yrs ago) related to gastro/shoulder pain after eating. He said he could not correlate the two issues and dismissed my shoulder pain issue. Thanks for the suggestion. Judy

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@hopeful33250

Hello @jrofri and welcome to Mayo Connect.

I am sorry to hear about the pain you are experiencing in your shoulder, arm, neck and ear after meals. That sounds very uncomfortable. If you are comfortable sharing more about yourself, it would help to know some more information. For example: how long have you experienced this pain? Have you had any other digestive symptoms (like GERD, ulcers, gall bladder problems, etc.)? Have you had any stomach or abdominal surgery?

By giving our Members a bit more information, perhaps someone else in our community might be able to share a similar experience with you. We look forward to getting to know.

One last question, have you talked with your doctor about this pain?

Teresa

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I try to ask the same question of different mds. Having misdiagnosed in a very grave error (no pun intended) i am wary of doctors and suspect shenanigans. You know your situation best. Wishing you excellent luck with all this.

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@marlaxyz

Yes! This has gone on for several years. I seem to be allergic to sulphites. Also have a hiatial hernia which doctor is investigating now. Would love to hear if y ou have any input or possible solutons.

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for sure! Thanks for reminding me

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@fourof5zs

@jrofri I had similar pain with a paraesophageal (also known as sliding) hiatal hernia. Your symptoms could be from other causes. Here is a brief .. but a bit long read of my journey (that I am still going through) at my blog.. no ads: http://zarogasnook.blogspot.com/2015/08/a-long-time-passing.html

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thank you

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@hopeful33250

Hello @jrofri and welcome to Mayo Connect.

I am sorry to hear about the pain you are experiencing in your shoulder, arm, neck and ear after meals. That sounds very uncomfortable. If you are comfortable sharing more about yourself, it would help to know some more information. For example: how long have you experienced this pain? Have you had any other digestive symptoms (like GERD, ulcers, gall bladder problems, etc.)? Have you had any stomach or abdominal surgery?

By giving our Members a bit more information, perhaps someone else in our community might be able to share a similar experience with you. We look forward to getting to know.

One last question, have you talked with your doctor about this pain?

Teresa

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thank you. I am going to discuss with a PT

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@hopeful33250

Hello @jrofri and welcome to Mayo Connect.

I am sorry to hear about the pain you are experiencing in your shoulder, arm, neck and ear after meals. That sounds very uncomfortable. If you are comfortable sharing more about yourself, it would help to know some more information. For example: how long have you experienced this pain? Have you had any other digestive symptoms (like GERD, ulcers, gall bladder problems, etc.)? Have you had any stomach or abdominal surgery?

By giving our Members a bit more information, perhaps someone else in our community might be able to share a similar experience with you. We look forward to getting to know.

One last question, have you talked with your doctor about this pain?

Teresa

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No, pelvic area. But i found that the effect of radiation are widespread.

BTW, there is another disease called MALs which seems to have similar symptoms. I haven’t really checked it out yet. The md i discussed it with didn’t have info and there are some tests re hiatal hernia that are next in priority.

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Hello @jrofri and @marlaxyz,

I’d like to add my welcome, and thank you for sharing very insightful posts on Connect. As Teresa mentioned, there can be a number of causes for shoulder pain. Since you mentioned GERD and hiatal hernia, may I ask if your doctors have ruled out laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) or silent reflux? Although the shoulder may seem like an unlikely place to develop pain after eating a meal, most people with silent reflux do not experience heartburn, and have few or no symptoms.

We have several discussions on Connect which you might interest you:
– Laryngo-pharyngeal reflux – made a decision to visit the Mayo Clinic https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/hello-ive-made-a-decision-to-visit-the-mayo-clinic-in-a/
– Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LRP) – severity and outlook? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/laryngopharyngeal-reflux-lrp-severity-and-outlook/
–Does surgery work for LPR https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/does-surgery-work-for-lpr/

@marlaxyz, you may be correct in suggesting the possibility of a link between chemotherapy/radiation and arm or shoulder pain; although this study was conducted in breast cancer patients, it may interest you to read about “Treatment Related Impairments in Arm and Shoulder in Patients with Breast Cancer”
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4016041/
@jrofri, @marlaxyz are you taking any medications for your GERD? Have you considered alternative methods such as acupuncture or seeing a chiropractor?

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@hopeful33250

Hello @jrofri and welcome to Mayo Connect.

I am sorry to hear about the pain you are experiencing in your shoulder, arm, neck and ear after meals. That sounds very uncomfortable. If you are comfortable sharing more about yourself, it would help to know some more information. For example: how long have you experienced this pain? Have you had any other digestive symptoms (like GERD, ulcers, gall bladder problems, etc.)? Have you had any stomach or abdominal surgery?

By giving our Members a bit more information, perhaps someone else in our community might be able to share a similar experience with you. We look forward to getting to know.

One last question, have you talked with your doctor about this pain?

Teresa

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@marlaxyz There is a MALS discussion group on Mayo Connect. You might get more insight from that group. @kariulrich is a Volunteer Mentor who knows something about MALS. Perhaps she can offer you some suggestions.

Teresa

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@kanaazpereira

Hello @jrofri and @marlaxyz,

I’d like to add my welcome, and thank you for sharing very insightful posts on Connect. As Teresa mentioned, there can be a number of causes for shoulder pain. Since you mentioned GERD and hiatal hernia, may I ask if your doctors have ruled out laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) or silent reflux? Although the shoulder may seem like an unlikely place to develop pain after eating a meal, most people with silent reflux do not experience heartburn, and have few or no symptoms.

We have several discussions on Connect which you might interest you:
– Laryngo-pharyngeal reflux – made a decision to visit the Mayo Clinic https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/hello-ive-made-a-decision-to-visit-the-mayo-clinic-in-a/
– Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LRP) – severity and outlook? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/laryngopharyngeal-reflux-lrp-severity-and-outlook/
–Does surgery work for LPR https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/does-surgery-work-for-lpr/

@marlaxyz, you may be correct in suggesting the possibility of a link between chemotherapy/radiation and arm or shoulder pain; although this study was conducted in breast cancer patients, it may interest you to read about “Treatment Related Impairments in Arm and Shoulder in Patients with Breast Cancer”
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4016041/
@jrofri, @marlaxyz are you taking any medications for your GERD? Have you considered alternative methods such as acupuncture or seeing a chiropractor?

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Yes, I am taking Rebeprazole, 40 m, 2x day for ACID in my stomach. I have been to an acupuncture but it was not deep acupuncture, just superficial. Yes I go to a chiropractor who has given me ideas to try. She has been helpful.

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@hopeful33250

Hello @jrofri and welcome to Mayo Connect.

I am sorry to hear about the pain you are experiencing in your shoulder, arm, neck and ear after meals. That sounds very uncomfortable. If you are comfortable sharing more about yourself, it would help to know some more information. For example: how long have you experienced this pain? Have you had any other digestive symptoms (like GERD, ulcers, gall bladder problems, etc.)? Have you had any stomach or abdominal surgery?

By giving our Members a bit more information, perhaps someone else in our community might be able to share a similar experience with you. We look forward to getting to know.

One last question, have you talked with your doctor about this pain?

Teresa

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Thank you, Teresa; I was remiss in mentioning the MALS group. Here’s the link to an active, incredibly informative discussion about discussion, “Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS)” https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/median-arcuate-ligament-syndrome-mals/

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