Can Constipation Cause Chest Pain?


Asked by Claire

Can Constipation Cause Chest Pain?

Can you tell me if constipation causes chest pain? Thanks.


Hi Claire,

It's possible your bowel is putting pressure on your diaphragm leading to chest pain or it could be related to abdominal nerves leading to feelings of chest pain. Regardless, it's best to be evaluated by your doctor to determine the cause of your chest pain and appropriate treatment.

Here are some links that might be helpful:

Costochondritis: A Common Cause of Chest Pain

5 Ways Your Gut Affects Your Health

Tips for Eating the Best Anti-Inflammatory Foods

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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