Hi I've been getting pain on my left side just below my rib cage, and I've also experienced chest pains. I've had a lot of gas and bloating as well. What could this be?
Chest pain is never something to take lightly, so it’s always best to have it checked by your doctor. But yes, gas can manifest as a pain in the chest, particularly if it’s associated with the splenic flexure of the colon. In fact, one of the first things professionals do when someone comes into the emergency room with chest pain is to give them a powerful antacid, because acid reflux symptoms can mimic the signs of a heart attack. Your doctor can help you determine whether your pain is the sign of something serious. If you experience gas pain frequently you can try some of these tips to help ease the ache.
When gas collects in the part of the colon that runs below your left rib cage it can cause left upper abdominal pain and chest pain. This is called splenic flexure syndrome and is sometimes considered as a form of irritable bowel syndrome. I cannot say if you have this, but if you do it may be controlled by a diet. Some other possible causes: fructose malabsorption, celiac disease, intestinal parasites, Crohn's disease, side effect of a certain drug...It could be something that blocks your intestine, like a tumor.