Increased General Abdominal Pain After Meals

What Causes Increase In Abdominal Pain After Meals?

Increase in abdominal pain after meals can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'critical' to 'generally fatal'.  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 increase in abdominal pain after meals, 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 "increase in abdominal pain after meals" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Mesenteric Ischemia

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:
regular postprandial somnolence
meal-related pain for 1-4 weeks
history of stomach cancer
meal-related pain for over a month
recent onset nausea
frequent episodes of diarrhea
meal-related bloating
flatulence
significant meal-induced pain
confirmed heartburn
meal-induced pain for under a week
vegetarian diet
... 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 increase in abdominal pain after meals:
Cause Probability Status
Mesenteric Ischemia 98% Confirm
Stomach Cancer 71% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

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 increased by eating, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
If you regularly experience an increase in general abdominal pain after eating a meal, roughly how frequent and severe is this increase? 'Occasional' means less than half the time after eating; 'frequent' means more than half the time.
Possible responses:
→ I don't have pain / no increase / don't know
→ Occasional mild/moderate pain increase
→ Frequent mild / occasional moderate increase
→ Frequent moderate / occasional severe increase
→ Severe increase in pain after most/all meals
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate mild meal-increased pain, moderate meal-increased pain, significant meal-increased pain or severe meal-increased pain, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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