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Heart-attack like gas chest pains

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  • Posted By: dizzy lizzie
  • July 23, 2008
  • 09:02 PM

I occasionally get gas pains in my chest that feel like what I imagine a heart attack feels like (not ever having had one). The one I had last night also radiated into my jaw and my left shoulder and arm too. I have always wondered when I get gas pains in places where there is no gastrointestinal organ (that I know of) where IS the gas and how does it get there? IE is it floating between the organs, in the blood etc?

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  • YES! Ive been having this problem for about 2 years now. The most noticeble part of the pain is when it radiates up and down my spine almost forcing me to lay on the ground completely still. Then it shoots up my arms and into my neck and the back of my head up around my ears. Sometimes it feels like there is a ball in my chest just under my heart. It doesnt happen often, but when it does, it is quite unplesent to say the least.The funny thing is a good burp or flatulence temporarily helps the pain.Anybody have any info?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 12, 2008
    • 10:07 AM
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  • I've read some information that hints that there are a ton of nerve endings all around the stomach, and when there is excessive gas, it presses on the nerves that connect to other areas of the body. I guess I just don't understand why few have these sharp, distinct pains all over their body, while most do not.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 13, 2008
    • 01:30 PM
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