Dukert..sometimes I get the pain below my breast area and sometimes it is above...sometimes it stretches from armpit to armpit above my breast and down the middle of my chest. I have read that this has something to do with the Vagus Nerve. My pain also is in my back. I have been to the cardiologist and my heart checks out fine, so my Doc says it is GERD related...I never would have imagined that GERD could cause so many symptoms..DGL Licorice has been helpful to me, I have not been taking for long but it seems to help. I take it about 20 minutes before I eat.