Severe gas pain symptoms could be indicative of a serious health complication if recurring and chronic. Often a single episode of gas pain would not indicate a serious problem.
Air normally enters the digestive tract through the mouth during swallowing or may also be created within the digestive tract by bacteria. Large amounts may build up causing abdominal bloating and pain.
A healthy individual may release gas from their body in the noticeable forms of belching through the mouth or flatulence through the anus dozens of times a day.
A portion of air in the digestive system is also absorbed through the walls of the gastrointestinal tract and is eventually exhaled through the lungs.
Gas pain symptoms:
- abdominal bloating
- abdominal pain
- temporary tightness in chest or stomach
- abdominal cramps
The sensitivity to air within the digestive tract can widely vary from individual to individual. Some may be able to tolerate large amounts of gas within their body while others very little.
Possible diagnoses from chronic severe gas pains could be lactose intolerance, paralytic ileus, pancreatic insufficiency, or tropical sprue.