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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Have u had an endoscopy? I have a hiatal hernia and had gerd. They found Barretts Esophagus, it can be cancerous…. have it checked!

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@barbee

I also suffer left shoulder pain after eating . I had my gallbladder out five years ago although I was diagnosed with GERD previous to having it out have had no symptoms since surgery . I also had haiatal hernia. Now this weird phenomena of my Left shoulder hurting very bad after meals .

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Welcome to Connect, @barbee. I'm so glad you found this group. Have your doctors suggested what might be the cause?

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@barbee

I also suffer left shoulder pain after eating . I had my gallbladder out five years ago although I was diagnosed with GERD previous to having it out have had no symptoms since surgery . I also had haiatal hernia. Now this weird phenomena of my Left shoulder hurting very bad after meals .

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Hi @barbee! I have the same thing happen and it always seems to be associated with overeating and I don't have to get too far out of my parameters for daily caloric intake to have this pain. It feels exactly like the pain post surgery that is caused by the air pumped into your chest and stomach cavity to create space between organs during surgery. That air trying to escape from somewhere other than your stomach is very painful. If you find out some other cause, I would love to hear it.
Best wishes, Gary

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@jrofri, you're not alone! Mine started a few months ago. The shoulder pain feels like the earlier comment about gas post surgically and I have had many surgeries! My pain starts almost immediately when I start eating and lasts several hours. A little background: I had a full roux-en-y gastrectomy 14 years ago with full removal of my stomach, no pouch left either. I'd suffered from severe GERD my whole life and 3 failed Nissen surgeries. I was also diagnosed with Barrett's Esophagus. Most recently in January, I had Paraesophageal surgery to close a large hernia and pull my intestines out of my diaphragm. Thank God for modern medicine! @jrofri , it's interesting that we're both on Lyrica! I'm on it for migraine control.You'd think that the Lyrica would control the pain. Would love to know if there is a solution to this horrible daily pain.

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I have recently developed this symptom is well. Roughly 15 minutes after I eat I developed a severe pain in my left shoulder that creeps up to my neck. It doesn’t seem to happen when I eat in the morning or at lunch almost exclusively in the evening. It is also not exacerbated by any movement although a deep breath can make the pain more intense. We eat fairly healthy at our house but I am prone to eating too much. I’m 38 years old and I exercise 4 to 6 times per week. I’m trying to get back to see my G.I. doc soon but I would love to have someone of a hunch going in

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I’ve had this several times and it’s annoying!! And it hurts! I think it’s a few things possibly but I don’t know for sure, strained tendons in the neck, pinched nerve, or something displaced. Again I’m not too sure of the cause but I get mine when I wake up sometimes or sometimes when I eat, but you’re not alone with this, have you figured it out yet??

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@kojaxta760

I’ve had this several times and it’s annoying!! And it hurts! I think it’s a few things possibly but I don’t know for sure, strained tendons in the neck, pinched nerve, or something displaced. Again I’m not too sure of the cause but I get mine when I wake up sometimes or sometimes when I eat, but you’re not alone with this, have you figured it out yet??

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I’m having a CT scan and blood work done with my GI doc. Neck pain after eating is hard to conceptualize whether it’s caused by the stomach or something else but we’re starting with the GI point of view. I’ll hope to follow up with the outcome. I suspect these tests will bring as many questions as answers but we’ll see.

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@ryhughes

Several members have mentioned this problem. If you care to share more, how long have you had this problem? Any other symptoms that accompany it?

I hope that you get some answers as a result of the CT scan and blood work. If you would like to post an update after you get your results, that would be great.

Teresa

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I know this is an older topic, but I have experienced a lot of these symptoms. Doctors are also stumped. I don't get pain down the arm, but I do get pain in and around the left shoulder blade after eating, mostly grains, high fiber food. I don't have reflux or GERD either. I do get esophageal spasms while eating cottage cheese and yogurt, but not any other cold foods or drinks. The only physician who has come up with anything is the ER doc who sent me for an MRI of my thoracic spine, which showed herniated thoracic discs touching the cord.

I also get migraine flare-ups and the doctor said the same HNPs could be causing referred pain that is triggering the migraines because quite often there is the same shoulder pain associated with migraine.

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@debkl

I know this is an older topic, but I have experienced a lot of these symptoms. Doctors are also stumped. I don't get pain down the arm, but I do get pain in and around the left shoulder blade after eating, mostly grains, high fiber food. I don't have reflux or GERD either. I do get esophageal spasms while eating cottage cheese and yogurt, but not any other cold foods or drinks. The only physician who has come up with anything is the ER doc who sent me for an MRI of my thoracic spine, which showed herniated thoracic discs touching the cord.

I also get migraine flare-ups and the doctor said the same HNPs could be causing referred pain that is triggering the migraines because quite often there is the same shoulder pain associated with migraine.

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@debkl Hi, there! Please do not be offended. I am neither kidding nor trying to play a doctor on TV. But these symptoms I have, with a bunch of others, and I know what causes mine. Maybe it will give some clues. To start off, I would bet that you have some form of a systemic disease of mis-folding proteins these precursors of trouble are called prions. made in the liver, and distributed around the body in the blood. It is inherited from either parent. They live a couple hours, clone themselves a time or two, then die, then deposit their carcases wherever they can fit in the body. There are nearly 2000 formats of this process, including Lupus, Alzheimers, Crohns, LECT2….. Anyway, One that latches on to the shoulder tissues eventually is called Gelsolin. That is mine. It is also called Merotoja's Disease or Finnish Amyloidosis. As each of these dead prions, attaches itself, it attracts others, then forms little tubes filled with water and other stuff. Eventually this deposit damages the ability of the tissue to carry out its functions, whether it is nerve, muscle, fat, skin, bone, tooth, eye, whatever. And it is always fatal after a while. Gelsolin grows very slowly, often not being detected before age 70. It can be detected fairly readily then with a simple assay, SERUM Free Lite Chain (c)BindingsSite(Birmingham UK and Seattle). It measures the Kappa and Lambda proteins in miligrams per serum deciliter (NOT PLASMA!). Mine is about 3.0 mG/dL Your local doctor can order it, but it must be sent to one of the national quality labs for analysis, such as ARUP in Salt Lake City; Quant (Mayo-MN), or Boston Gen. There is a lot more info available at many sites. Amyloidosis.org. Alnylam.com Cleveland Clinic NIH.gov, etc. https://bit.Ly/1w7j4j8 "Amyloid and Old Karl"

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@oldkarl

@debkl Hi, there! Please do not be offended. I am neither kidding nor trying to play a doctor on TV. But these symptoms I have, with a bunch of others, and I know what causes mine. Maybe it will give some clues. To start off, I would bet that you have some form of a systemic disease of mis-folding proteins these precursors of trouble are called prions. made in the liver, and distributed around the body in the blood. It is inherited from either parent. They live a couple hours, clone themselves a time or two, then die, then deposit their carcases wherever they can fit in the body. There are nearly 2000 formats of this process, including Lupus, Alzheimers, Crohns, LECT2….. Anyway, One that latches on to the shoulder tissues eventually is called Gelsolin. That is mine. It is also called Merotoja's Disease or Finnish Amyloidosis. As each of these dead prions, attaches itself, it attracts others, then forms little tubes filled with water and other stuff. Eventually this deposit damages the ability of the tissue to carry out its functions, whether it is nerve, muscle, fat, skin, bone, tooth, eye, whatever. And it is always fatal after a while. Gelsolin grows very slowly, often not being detected before age 70. It can be detected fairly readily then with a simple assay, SERUM Free Lite Chain (c)BindingsSite(Birmingham UK and Seattle). It measures the Kappa and Lambda proteins in miligrams per serum deciliter (NOT PLASMA!). Mine is about 3.0 mG/dL Your local doctor can order it, but it must be sent to one of the national quality labs for analysis, such as ARUP in Salt Lake City; Quant (Mayo-MN), or Boston Gen. There is a lot more info available at many sites. Amyloidosis.org. Alnylam.com Cleveland Clinic NIH.gov, etc. https://bit.Ly/1w7j4j8 "Amyloid and Old Karl"

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Hmm, thank you. Never heard of it, but I will look into it and bring it up at my PE next month.

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Confusing problem. I assume you have had a cardiac work-up. Nerves from area under diaphragm can cause pain on the left upper part of the body, such as reflux or from a vascular problem.

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