Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Can You Have Gas Pain In Your Upper Back?

When air accumulates in the stomach, pressure is applied from the inside. This stress in the internal organs of the body leads to stomachache and the final result can be back pain. In many cases, even after a person has expelled all the gases, they experience back pain (but specifically this pains commonly irradiates to the lower back).

Can You Have Gas Pain In Your Upper Back?

Gases And Gas Pains Can Appear At The Most Inopportune Times: During an important meeting or in a crowded elevator. Although expelling intestinal gas (flatus) is not something serious, it can be embarrassing.

Anything that causes intestinal gas or is associated with constipation or diarrhea can cause gas pains. In general, these pains occur when the gases accumulate in the intestines and you cannot expel them. The good news is that, although you cannot avoid gas and gas pains, a few simple measures can help you reduce the amount of gas you produce, and relieve discomfort and embarrassing situations.

Signs And Symptoms Of Gas Pains 

For most people, the signs and symptoms of gas and gas pains are too obvious. These are some of them:

  • Voluntary and involuntary expulsion of gases, either as belches or flatus.
  • Acute or sharp pain or cramps in the abdomen. These pains can manifest in any part of the abdomen and can change places and improve quickly.
  • Feel a "knot" in the abdomen.
  • Inflammation and stiffness in the abdomen (swelling).

Sometimes, gas pains can be constant or so intense that you feel like you have something serious. The gases can sometimes be confused with the following: Heart disease, gallstones, appendicitis.

When To See The Doctor?

Call The Doctor If The Gases Are Accompanied By The Following: Prolonged abdominal pain, bloody stools, a change in the color and frequency of stool, thinning, chest pain and persistent or recurrent nausea or vomiting.

Also, talk to your doctor if gas or gas pains are so persistent or intense that they interfere with your ability to lead a normal life. In most cases, treatment can help reduce or alleviate the problem.

Causes of Gas Pain

Gases form when bacteria in the colon ferment carbohydrates that are not digested in the small intestine. Unfortunately, healthy and high-fiber foods are responsible. Fiber has many health benefits, such as keeping the digestive tract in good working order and regulating sugar and cholesterol levels. But fiber can cause the formation of gases.

High fiber foods that cause gases and gas pains include the following: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and peas (legumes). Fiber supplements containing plantago, such as Metamucil, can cause these problems, especially if they are incorporated into the diet too quickly. Carbonated beverages, such as soft drinks and beer, also cause gas.

These Are Other Causes Of Excess Gases:

Swallow Air: You swallow air every time you eat or drink. You also swallow air when you are nervous, eat very fast, chew gum, suck on hard candies or drink with sorbet. Part of that air reaches the lower digestive tract.

Another Disease: Excess gas can be a symptom of a more serious chronic disease. Some examples are diverticulitis or an inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease. Excess gas and swelling can also be symptoms of excessive growth of bacteria in the small intestine due to diseases such as diabetes.

Intolerance to Food: If the gas and swelling are, first of all, after eating dairy products, the body may not be able to break down the sugar in dairy products (lactose). Other intolerances to food, especially gluten (a protein found in wheat and other cereals), can also cause excess gas, diarrhea and weight loss.

Artificial Sweeteners: It is also possible that the system does not tolerate artificial sweeteners, such as sorbitol, mannitol and xylitol, which are present in some foods, chewing gums and sugar-free sweets. Many healthy people suffer from gas and diarrhea when they consume those sweeteners.

Constipation: Constipation can hinder the passage of gas, which causes swelling and discomfort.

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Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: July 31, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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