Can Gas Cause Upper Back Pain?

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Can Gas Cause Upper Back Pain?

I have sharp pain in my upper back. Could this be gas pain?

Answer

There are several things that can cause upper back pain, including gas pain and heart attacks, but it's important to remember that gas pain itself may be your body's way of telling you that something is wrong-particularly if it happens often. Upper back pain accompanied by gas is a common symptom of gallbladder problems, for example, so it's best to check with your doctor.

Of course, gas pain itself is something most people deal with at some point in their lives, and the pain can be excruciating. If you suffer gas pain regularly probiotics--specifically bifidus, lactobacillus, and acidophilus--can be helpful in restoring normality to the GI tract, which may decrease your gas over time. You can obtain these through probiotic-rich foods, such as yogurt, or through supplements. You may also want to avoid foods that can contribute to gas pain, such as beans, cauliflower, broccoli, or other cruciferous vegetables. These articles may also help you with other ways to handle gas pain:

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Answered by Jennifer Mitchell Rackley