Reasons for Chest and Abdominal Pain

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Chest pain and Abdominal Pain

Chest pain and abdominal pain can occur together, in which case the timing of symptoms may be coincidental and related to separate problems. But sometimes, chest and abdominal pain are combo symptoms of a single condition.

Abdominal pain can feel like a sharp or dull pain that’s intermittent or continuous. Chest pain, on the other hand, can feel like a tight, burning sensation in the upper abdomen or below the breastbone.

Some people also describe it as pressure or a jabbing pain that radiates to the back or shoulders.

The cause of chest and abdominal pain can be something minor — but this doesn’t mean you should brush off discomfort as a minor annoyance.

Causes:

Common causes of chest and abdominal pain include:

1. Gas

Gas pain is commonly associated with stomach cramps, but some people feel gas pain in the chest and other parts of the body.

This type of pain can feel like tightness in the chest area. It might occur after eating a big meal or after eating certain foods (vegetables, gluten, or dairy). Other symptoms of gas include constipation and flatulence.

2. Stress and anxiety

Stress and anxiety can also cause chest and abdominal pain.

Stomach pain caused by anxiety can feel like nausea or a dull ache. Severe anxiety can induce an anxiety or panic attack, causing sharp, stabbing pains in the chest.

3. Heart attack

A heart attack occurs when a blockage interrupts blood flow to your heart. Symptoms vary from person to person, so it can be difficult to identify a heart attack.

A heart attack is a medical emergency, and you should seek immediate medical care or call 911.

Signs can include abdominal pain, as well as tightness or pain in the chest. Symptoms can strike suddenly or gradually over time.

5. Peptic ulcer

Peptic ulcers are sores that develop on the lining of the stomach, causing:

  • severe stomach pain
  • heartburn
  • chest pain
  • bloating
  • belching

Depending on the severity of the ulcer, some people also have bloody stools and unexplained weight loss.

5. Appendicitis

Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix, which is a narrow hollow tube located in the lower right area of the stomach.

The purpose of the appendix is unknown. When it becomes inflamed, it can cause sudden abdominal pain that originates around the navel and travels to the right side of the stomach. Pain can also extend to the back and chest.

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