Dull or sharp upper-center abdominal pain can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'generally fatal'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose dull or sharp upper-center abdominal pain, we could:
|Sphincter Of Oddi Dysfunction||30%||Unlikely|
|Pancreatic Cancer||4%||Ruled out|
|Atrophic Gastritis||3%||Ruled out|
|Gallbladder Disease||0%||Ruled out|
UPPER-CENTER abdomen: If you experience discomfort or pain in the epigastric (stomach) area that becomes worse after eating, what best describes this pain?
Possible responses:→ Not applicable / pain only after food / don't know
→ Burning pain
→ Sharp, stabbing pain
→ Dull, nonspecific pain / not sure how to describe
The pain can vary from a mild discomfort or dull throbbing, to a deep ache or cramp, to an excruciating sharp or stabbing pain.
The stomach pain caused by gastritis can vary from a dull gnawing ache to a persistent sharp stabbing pain that seems to go right through your body from front to back.