Upper Abdominal Pain After Eating

Abdominal pain is a common occurrence among many people. There is no need to worry about abdominal pains as they do not stay for long and cure very quickly. But, in case you are not suffering from acute pains and you tend to experience chronic pains, especially after eating anything, then this could be much more serious.

Upper abdominal pain after eating needs to be properly diagnosed and the organ where the pain is localised has to be treated to avoid any severe consequences in the future.

Abdomen Quadrants

Upper Abdominal Pain After Eating: Upper abdominal pain could mean that there is either a problem with the digestive system or the gall bladder. Any problems related to digestive system could prompt other health disorders as well if not properly treated.

Upper abdominal pain after eating could only mean that there is a pain in the stomach which obviously means that there is a problem in the digestive system.

Causes of Upper Abdominal Pain: Let us look at some of the most common causes of upper abdominal pain post lunch.

Ulcers: Stomach ulcers are one of the most common cause of stomach pain in many people today. Ulcers can either be formed in the duodenum (organ that exists in the upper left quadrant of the abdomen) or the stomach and upon the intake of food lead to pain.

  • The reason for the pain is due to the irritation of ulcers caused by the stomach acids that break down the food particles. Ulcers may also block the path between the stomach and duodenum which would also lead to pain and sometimes nausea.

Diverticulitis: Sometimes the digestive tract in the stomach may be inflamed. This inflammation is called diverticulitis. Diverticulitis causes pain in the stomach and also makes it very tender to touch.

Gastritis: People who suffer from gastritis experience a kind of fullness or heart burn or a kind of burning sensation in the stomach after eating. Gastritis causes pain in the upper abdominal area.

Food Poisoning: Food poisoning is also a very common cause of stomach pains. The foreign bacteria or virus that exists in the food which enters the body is countered by the antibodies. The reaction that takes place in the stomach in this process causes pain along with vomiting or diarrhoea.

Upper abdominal pain after eating due to any of the above factors cannot be ignored as they might have disastrous health consequences. Consulting your doctor and following proper medication and diet is a must.

1 response to Upper Abdominal Pain After Eating

  1. For over a month now I get the occasional (not every day sort of thing) where I have SEVERE but usually short lasting , say 10- 20 minutes pain in my navel area after either eating or drinking. And I mean immediately after, sometimes the pain starts before I finish. I feels exactly food posioning pain that I had once many years ago, except it isn’t quite as sharp (almost though). The first occurance of this pain started one morning while I was drinking my coffee and lasted well into that night and following morning. Since then as I said above it hasn’t lasted that long, but it can last for several hours. I had an endoscopsy last week. Will that pick up on whatever is causing this pain? I have 2 autoimmune diseases already. Could this be a third?

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