Onset Of Mid-Abdomen Pain After Meals

What Causes Central Abdominal Pain After Eating?

Central abdominal pain after eating can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose central abdominal pain after eating, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "central abdominal pain after eating" as a symptom.  For example, Crohn's disease.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
having loose stools
regular episodes of diarrhea
moderate hypogastric pain
high dairy product consumption
orange stool color
loss of appetite
trace amounts of occult blood
elevated lymphocyte count
frequent painful urge to defecate
appendix removed after age 20
past vaccinations
frequent meal-related bloating
... and more than 10 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of central abdominal pain after eating.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate abdominal pain caused by eating, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
MIDDLE-CENTER abdomen: Do you experience discomfort or pain in the middle of your abdomen, in the area of your navel (belly button) that only occurs after eating?
Possible responses:
→ No / I have it even when I don't eat / don't know
→ Occasional mild discomfort
→ Frequent mild and/or occasional moderate pain
→ Frequent moderate and/or occasional severe pain
→ Severe pain after most/all meals
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate mild mid-abdomen pain after food, moderate mid-abdomen pain after food, major mid-abdomen pain after food or severe mid-abdomen pain after food, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Crohn's Disease.  Pain usually begins within an hour of eating and is most often around the navel, the lower-right abdomen, or both.  The area is usually painful to the touch.
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