What is the Correlation between Indigestion and Breathing?

To understand the correlation between indigestion and breathing you will need to know how the human body digests food. In most cases, digestion occurs in the lower intestine. Bacteria breaks down the food causing intestinal gas as a byproduct. When a person ingests foods that are harder to digest such as, cooked meat, cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and beans, the bacteria has to work harder to digest the food. This produces excess intestinal gas leading to indigestion.

When the excess gas backs up into the stomach, it causes pressure which can interfere with the proper expansion of the lungs and interfere with breathing. Many times this pain and shortness of breath has been mistaken for heart problems.

To determine whether you are having indigestion and breathing problems or angina (heart pain), here are a few pointers. Symptoms of angina are, chest pain radiating to the left arm, pain in the shoulders, either arm, neck, jaw or back. Included are, a feeling of tightness in the chest, pressure and squeezing sensations, burning or other discomfort in the chest.

When these symptoms are accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sweating, shortness of breath or a feeling faint, you should suspect a heart related problem and call 911 or get to a hospital fast.

If you are worried about feeling foolish when you find out your pain is not heart related, don’t. Medical personnel understand that the symptoms of indigestion and breathing problems are very close to angina symptoms. They would much rather see you walk out of the hospital with a prescription for your severe indigestion than have to be hospitalized with heart failure.

In any event, if you are experiencing severe indigestion with breathing problems more often than once a week, you should consult your physician. They will tell you the best treatment for you.