What are Common Causes of Back Pain and Gas?

Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison
Chewing gum may increase bloating and gas.
Chewing gum may increase bloating and gas.

Although most people are familiar with abdominal pain caused by gas, gas pains may be felt in the back as well. Among the things that may cause back pain and gas are constipation and diarrhea, an excess of air in the gastrointestinal tract, food allergies and sensitivities, and sometimes even the consumption of alcoholic beverages. In most cases, these symptoms are only temporary in nature. If they linger for a long period of time, however, or the pain is excruciating, a person may want to speak to a medical professional.

Food allergies can cause back pain.
Food allergies can cause back pain.

Many people who have constipation also get gas. In some cases, however, they develop back pain as well, which will typically fade once the person’s constipation has been relieved. In such a case, the pain often develops in the lower back and can be nearly constant or come and go. In addition, some people also develop back pain when they have diarrhea; as with constipation, it will usually fade once the episode is over.

Bloating can be a sign of a bowel obstruction.
Bloating can be a sign of a bowel obstruction.

Sometimes, back pain and gas develop because of excess air in the gastrointestinal tract in the absence of other symptoms. The conditions may occur when a person swallows an excess amount of air, such as when talking a good deal while eating. Some people also develop gas when they chew gum for a long period of time or drink a lot of beverages through straws. In some cases, bacteria in the intestines are at fault; this is particularly true of the colon, which is a section of the large intestine.

Appendicitis can cause sharp back pains and stomach pain.
Appendicitis can cause sharp back pains and stomach pain.

Food allergies and sensitivities can also cause gas that leads to back pain. A person who is lactose intolerant, for example, may develop back pain, abdominal pain, gas, and bloating when he consumes dairy products. Some people may also develop these symptoms when they consume too many or certain types of alcoholic beverages. Fortunately, the symptoms they develop in these cases are usually only temporary.

A person who is lactose intolerant may develop back pain, abdominal pain, gas and bloating after consuming dairy products.
A person who is lactose intolerant may develop back pain, abdominal pain, gas and bloating after consuming dairy products.

In some cases, back pain and gas can be symptoms of a serious medical condition. Someone who has these symptoms along with an upset stomach, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea could have a bowel obstruction. This is a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention. Appendicitis is another example of a condition that can cause gas as well as an upset stomach and sharp pains in the back and abdominal region. Like bowel obstruction, appendicitis requires urgent evaluation and treatment.

Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison

Nicole’s thirst for knowledge inspired her to become a writer, and she focuses primarily on topics such as homeschooling, parenting, health, science, and business. When not writing or spending time with her four children, Nicole enjoys reading, camping, and going to the beach.

Nicole Madison
Nicole Madison

Nicole’s thirst for knowledge inspired her to become a writer, and she focuses primarily on topics such as homeschooling, parenting, health, science, and business. When not writing or spending time with her four children, Nicole enjoys reading, camping, and going to the beach.

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Princelety

Gas pain seems to be a possible problem almost anywhere in the body. My mom frequently experiences pain from gas buildup in her chest, which can be somewhat alarming since it feels like the heart is the source of the pain. Once she figured out what the cause was, she was less alarmed, of course, but it's still a rather atypical place to be experiencing pain from gas.

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    • Chewing gum may increase bloating and gas.
      By: blende40
      Chewing gum may increase bloating and gas.
    • Food allergies can cause back pain.
      By: Lovrencg
      Food allergies can cause back pain.
    • Bloating can be a sign of a bowel obstruction.
      By: Ana Blazic Pavlovic
      Bloating can be a sign of a bowel obstruction.
    • Appendicitis can cause sharp back pains and stomach pain.
      By: joshya
      Appendicitis can cause sharp back pains and stomach pain.
    • A person who is lactose intolerant may develop back pain, abdominal pain, gas and bloating after consuming dairy products.
      By: Nikolay Pozdeyev
      A person who is lactose intolerant may develop back pain, abdominal pain, gas and bloating after consuming dairy products.
    • Constipation and cause gas and back pain.
      By: aceshot
      Constipation and cause gas and back pain.
    • Constipation and diarrhea can cause back pain and gas.
      By: Ljupco Smokovski
      Constipation and diarrhea can cause back pain and gas.
    • Some people develop gas when they drink beverages through straws.
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      Some people develop gas when they drink beverages through straws.