Gas pains shoulder
by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR
Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.
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Abdominal pain is often termed “gas pains.” Any abdominal problem, if it irritates the diaphragm can also cause pain in the shoulder.
Here is a list of possible causes of abdominal pain, many of which are often accompanied by “gas" that might also cause shoulder pain:
Excessive bowel gas
Lactose intolerance (milk intolerance)
Viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu)
Irritable bowel syndrome
Heartburn or indigestion
Stomach or duodenal ulcers
Cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder) with or without gallstones
Appendicitis (inflammation of the appendix)
Diverticular disease, including diverticulitis
Bowel obstruction -- in addition to pain, this causes nausea, bloating, vomiting, and inability to pass gas or stool
Food poisoning (salmonella, shigella)
Urinary tract infections
Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
Dissecting abdominal aortic aneurysm -- bleeding into the wall of the aorta
Parasite infections (Giardia)
Sickle cell disease
Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis
Another “gassy” problem that can cause shoulder pain occurs after laparoscopy. A patient may experience some gas pains from residual carbon dioxide that may remain in the abdomen following the procedure. This pain usually presents as shoulder pain or sharp pain underneath the diaphragm. The pain is usually transient and will disappear in a day or two.
Another interesting relationship between gas pains and shoulder pain is the “bends”. This is a condition when nitrogen bubbles deposit in tissue and cause tissue death. This may occur in divers who don’t undergo proper decompression as they come to the surface after a dive. Also, if a diver doesn’t decompress properly and takes a plane ride too quickly after a dive, the “bends” can occur.
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