Causes of Gas Pain?
Wind Chest Pain (sakit dada angin) or Gas Pain that occurs in the chest or upper abdomen more often than not are caused by referred pain. It is a phenomenon that is mostly triggered when the upper compartments of the body is pressured or irritated due to a sudden, ongoing or other pathological changes from the lower parts of the body or the surrounding abdominal organs. These changes may includes:
- Trapped Digestive Gas (most common)
- Gastrointestinal Upset
- Intestinal Blockage or Obstruction
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
However one must not discard the possibilities of it being caused by other underlying reasons, for as long as further analysis has not been made by a certified physician. These possibilities may includes:
- An underlying heart condition
- Psychological anxiety and stress
- Drugs or medication side effects
- Fatigue and other bodily exhaustion
- Musculoskeletal stress and ailments
Hence in order to understand further with regards to your ongoing gas pain, or to be able to determine the best action moving forward or decide on which therapy (if required) best suited for your current condition, additional assessment must be done beforehand. With that being said we encourage you to consult with the nearest clinic or hospital in your area, or nowadays you are also able to discuss it online via any teleconsultation platforms you deemed suitable.
Is Trapped Gas Dangerous?
Going back to the main question about gas pain. Would a trapped gas be deemed dangerous and what would be the next step moving forward? Well, notably there are many reasons and risk factors that can be associated with the culmination of trapped gas in the body – specifically the abdomen. Don’t be surprised but these things do trigger the build up of gas in our digestive system.
- Lactose intolerance or other digestive abnormalities
- Too much talking and drinking while eating or chewing down your food.
- High consumption of carbonated drinks, gaseous juices, and alcohol.
- Eating too much cruciferous vegetables, gaseous fruits and beans.
Nevertheless, is it dangerous tho? Well honestly, it will pretty much depend on the severity of your symptoms. If the onset is considered mild and adaptable, you might consider changing your dietary habit first and see if any changes occur. However if the symptoms persist, felt ongoing, or accompanied by worrying signs, you might very well seek further advice from your local doctor.
How Long Can Gas Pain Last?
Many of us that may experience it every now and then, tend to pose a similar question. If it were to be caused by a mere trapped gas how would we know and how long can it last? Hence, if it were to extend beyond that, should we be worried?
To answer this question, it will very much depend on the underlying causes of the gas pain. Whilst the most common cause of gas pain might last until the gasses are expelled from the body, a slow digestive process might cause the pain to stay longer. Hence the range of discomfort might differ from person to person. Ideally a good digestive symptoms might be able to prevent or at least downscale any kind of similar gastrointestinal upset as much as possible
However, other more serious causes of gas pain might elicit an abdominal discomfort that is ongoing, with the duration and frequency occurring far beyond what our bodies are able to handle. Furthermore, upper abdominal or chest pain that is sudden and very painful, accompanied by other symptoms such as shortness of breath, severe muscle cramping, fever, nausea, vomiting, and etc, should require immediate attention by a healthcare professional.
A condition that might present itself similar to gas pain, but is not, might also have a different nature to its pain. It might occur at a longer duration with a very subtle or mild intensity (similar to what one might experience through a reflux disease, extreme fatigue or musculoskeletal related abnormalities), or even shorter at a specified duration but with severe intensity (similar to a stomach ulcer, heart related disorder, or a panic attack). Ultimately the capacity to tell the difference lies in the hands of those that are well versed and experienced in the health domain.