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Hi all... I am new to this site so bear with me!! Recently I have been having a great deal of chest pain on the left side under left breast and I am wondering if there is any connection between this and IBS. I also have additions with my IBS including heartburn, bloating, stomach and abdominal pain. I am taking a litany of heartburn medications and ALIGN for IBS.. all it seems without complete relief. Occasional days without pain but still uncomfortable. I am open to any and all suggestions to try and find my way out of this but my biggest question is this chest pain and if you all think it is related to bowel issues. Thanks all. (Have seen several GIs..all same answers.. IBS.. )
 

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Is it up by where your bra strap would be or more down where the floating ribs are a bit further down.The colon comes across the top of the abdomen and has a bend under the lower ribs on the left side. This bend is a common place for IBS discomfort.If it is more up where a bra strap would be that is a big high. When I've had pain up that high in the chest it has either been a pulled muscle or some costrochondritis (although that tends to be more along the breast bone rather than off to the side.
 

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That could well be a form of GERD. (You don't have to have reflux in order to have the disfunction.) I brought something like that on myself a couple of years ago when biking up a steep hill after an Oktoberfest lunch and my wife has had a couple of instances as well. I had 10 years of daily D and probably 25 years of deteriorating digestion which ended up with reflux, before bringing it under control in 1998 with a flavonoid supplement that I began taking for my cholesterol. It has also worked on my wife's reflux as well as a circulation based problem of recurring vertigo. It seems to have some potent anti-inflammatory benefits including some specific to the colon and has held me in good stead for over 10 years. It also keeps my cholesterol from depositing, which makes it all good to me. Mark
 

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you wrote:The colon comes across the top of the abdomen and has a bend under the lower ribs on the left side. This bend is a common place for IBS discomfort.WOWI'm very new here... and always wondered why i'd get the cramping up so high (bottom of my ribs) if my colon is lower - so i thoughtand thanks for helping me to start understanding the commonalities of IBS...THANK YOU
 
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