Is Sharp Stabbing Pain In My Breast Just Gas?

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Asked by sps

I have a stabbing pain on my side under left breast, near my rib cage. The pain lasts anywhere from 5-30 minutes, then it is gone like nothing happened. Times when this has happened, I had just finished a small bowl of spicy soup or a taco. Could this just be gas? Can you get gas pains in your chest or back?

Answer

Yes, 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.

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.

Answered by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN