Can Gas Cause Chest Pain

How Does Gas Cause Chest Pain?

Well, as the gas builds up the pressure it creates in your abdomen pushes up against the wall of your diaphragm. The diaphragm is the layer of muscle that divides the chest and abdominal area.

As this pressure continues to push upwards it results in chest pain.  This pain usually subsides within a couple of hours.

Excessive gas can also be caused by;

  • food allergies
  • lactose intolerance
  • gluten and wheat intolerance
  • bacterial or viral infection
  • microflora imbalance

Chronic Digestive Disorders That Cause Chest Pains

Acid Reflux

In addition to indigestion, you can experience chest pains as a symptom of a chronic digestive disorder. For example, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or acid reflux is a condition where stomach acid flows into the esophagus.

This can lead to heartburn, which is the burning sensation caused by the acid inflaming the esophagus. The esophagus is a tubular pipe connecting the mouth to the stomach. As its located behind the rib cage, this can often cause pain in the chest area.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

This is a disorder that causes muscular spasms in the digestive tract. These disrupt the rhythmic peristaltic contractions required to move food and waste through the intestines.

These disruptions can delay the release of waste matter causing it to ferment in the colon resulting in bloating, chest and abdominal pains. IBS can be linked to a whole of host of symptoms that range from constipation, diarrhea and flatulence.


When the balance of your beneficial gut bacteria is disturbed and harmful disease causing bacteria take over, this is called dysbosis. Dysbosis is not a disease but a gradually break down of the human digestive system.

Many medical experts agree that dysbosis is the underlying cause of virtually every disease that affects the human body.

Dysbosis is another cause of wind. A weakened digestive tract lacking in healthy bacteria can no longer halt the progression of yeast infections such as Candida Albicans.  A supposedly harmless yeast bacteria, Candida is a big  reason why many people never get well. 

Furthermore, a lack of healthy bacteria makes you more prone to IBS and food allergies – both notorious for producing excessive gas.

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