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Can food poisoning cause chest pain?

Can food poisoning cause chest pain?

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Asked by Kendrell, Last updated: Aug 06, 2020

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M. Klose

M. Klose, Content Writer, Oakland

Answered Jul 03, 2018

Yes, food poisoning can cause chest pains... but you may be experiencing heart burn or indigestion. Sometimes the chest pain can be intense that people think they are having a heart attack, and though it is possible, it is not likely. Food poisoning generally affects your lower abdomen. It causes a lot of pain and discomfort, and usually can land you in the bathroom with vomiting or diarrhea.

Often, after leaving the bathroom, stomach cramping caused by gas can be felt. Sometimes there can be persistent fever to accompany these issues, but most often, they will all pass in a day or two. If you're still worried about chest pains, take medicine to help with the food poisoning as well as some for acid reflux.

 

Sophia Lee Ryan

Sophia Lee Ryan

Answered Oct 22, 2017

Food poisoning can cause chest pains. However, it’s more in the lower chest - by the abdomen and in that area - instead of higher chest, by the heart. This is because food poisoning from most strains of bacteria will give you diarrhea. So, the pain will let up for a while after you go poop and get rid of some of that pressure, but it’ll build up again and result in a cycle. High chest pains - by the heart and the rib cage - can be caused by other medical conditions.


Food poisoning itself is usually inert and doesn’t require medical assistance. However, there are circumstances that could cause you to need medical attention. This is usually when you have bloody stool that persists or even a fever that doesn’t want to break.

 

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