Is Pain On My Left Side Near Heart Area Just Gas?

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Asked by lori gardner

Is Pain On My Left Side Near Heart Area Just Gas?

I have been having pains on my left side under and around my heart, paired with an increase in burping. Is this a case of gas and indigestion? Or something more serious?

Answer

Gas can manifest as pain in the chest as a stabbing pain, 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. If you suffer from gas pain regularly, probiotics can be helpful in restoring normality to the GI tract, which will reduce pain over time.

If you are experiencing upper back pain with your gas, it could also be a sign of gallbladder problems.

Burping and chest pain can also be a sign of GERD, as it is a symptom of the condition.

However, chest pain is never something to take lightly, so it's always best to have it checked by your doctor. Your doctor can help you determine whether it's just a case of gas, or whether it is something more serious that should be addressed.