Can Gastritis Cause Chest Pain?

Yes, gastritis, which is the inflammation of the lining of the stomach, can sometimes cause chest pain. The pain associated with gastritis is typically located in the upper abdomen, but it can sometimes radiate to the chest or be mistaken for chest pain. There are a few reasons for this:

  • Referral Pain: The pain associated with gastritis may be referred to the chest area. This means that although the source of the pain is in the stomach, you may feel it in the chest due to the way the nervous system interprets pain signals.
  • Acid Reflux: Gastritis can be caused by the excessive production of stomach acid or infection with Helicobacter pylori. This increased stomach acid can lead to acid reflux, where stomach contents flow back into the esophagus. Acid reflux can cause a burning sensation in the chest, commonly known as heartburn.
  • Inflammation: The inflammation in the stomach lining caused by gastritis can sometimes lead to discomfort and pain in the chest area, especially if the inflammation affects the lower part of the esophagus or the upper part of the stomach.
  • Stress and Anxiety: Stress and anxiety can exacerbate the symptoms of gastritis and can also cause chest pain. The combination of stress and gastritis may make it feel as if the discomfort is radiating to the chest.

It’s important to note that chest pain can have various causes, and not all chest pain is related to gastritis. If you experience persistent or severe chest pain, especially if it is associated with symptoms such as shortness of breath, radiating pain to the arm or jaw, or lightheadedness, it is important to seek medical attention promptly to rule out more serious cardiac issues. Additionally, if you suspect you have gastritis or are experiencing stomach-related symptoms, consult a healthcare provider for evaluation and appropriate management.