How to treat chest pains & gas

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How to treat chest pains & gas
Overeating and eating spicy foods can sometimes cause chest pains, gas and bloating. (pains image by razorconcept from Fotolia.com)

Chest pains associated with gas and bloating can be symptomatic of underlying medical conditions or causes for concern. As gas builds up through the upper gastrointestinal tract, it can cause pressure to be exerted on the chest area. This pressure can result in chest pains. Gas pains in the abdomen can also radiate high enough to be associated with chest pains as well, because the upper portion of the abdomen is located right next to the chest cavity. Treating both chest pains and gas begins with talking to a doctor or seeking immediate medical attention if you are unsure what is causing the pain. If such pain is a common occurrence, you can alleviate it by using treatments that have worked in the past.

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Things you need

  • Antacid tablets or pills
  • Acid reflux medication
  • Bed pillows
  • Water

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Make sure that your chest pains are not indicative of a larger medical concern, such as a heart attack. Get to the nearest emergency room or medical facility if you are unsure what is causing your chest pains. Call your primary care physician if you feel the incident is not a life-threatening emergency to make sure that you do not need to seek immediate medical attention. Describe your symptoms in precise detail to your physician.

  2. 2

    Lay down and prop your chest area up on pillows to get the gastric juices and acid flowing toward your stomach to alleviate pressure and pain. Make sure that your head is elevated and the incline is enough for esophageal fluids drain back in to your stomach.

  3. 3

    Drink water. Avoid carbonated beverages, as they can exacerbate gas pains and produce an additional build up of gas in the intestines. That can then lead to additional gas pains that can be felt up into the stomach. Avoid drinking coffee, because the acid it contains can further compound gas and chest pains.

  4. 4

    Take an over the counter antacid if you do not have a prescription for a similar medication. Use according to directions and take as needed, provided you do not exceed the maximum dosage. Use liquid or chewable tablets based on your personal preference and the availability of the medication. Chew tablets thoroughly, until they completely disintegrate in your mouth and drink a large glass of water to help your body absorb the medication.

  5. 5

    Reduce or eliminate spicy and fatty foods from your diet. Avoid fried foods and foods laden with saturated fats, because they are harder to digest and make your body produce more acid to assist with digestion. The additional acid build-up can lead to chest and gas pains. Avoid overeating, as that too can lead to gas and chest pains.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep a log of what you eat and the times you experience chest and gas pains to share with your doctor.
  • Call 911 if your chest and gas pains are presenting an immediate threat to your health and safety.

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