Lower-Right Abdomen Pain Made Worse By Eating

What Causes Lower-Right Abdomen Pain Worse After Meals?

Lower-right abdomen pain worse after meals can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'very serious' to 'life-threatening'.  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 lower-right abdomen pain worse 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 "lower-right abdomen pain worse after meals" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Appendicitis
  • 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:
recent onset nausea
appendix removed before age 20
frequent unexplained vomiting
severe right iliac pain
frequent unexplained nausea
genital sores
highly elevated lymphocyte count
significant red blood in stools
severe hypogastric pain
chronic diarrhea
trace amounts of occult blood
moderate right iliac pain after food
... and more than 20 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of lower-right abdomen pain worse after meals:
Cause Probability Status
Appendicitis 97% Confirm
Crohn's Disease 59% 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:
LOWER-RIGHT abdomen: Do you experience discomfort or pain above the right hip that sometimes or always becomes worse after eating?
Possible responses:
→ No / I only have pain when I eat / don't know
→ Rarely / a few times a year
→ Yes, mild pain becomes moderate pain after eating
→ Yes, mild pain becomes severe pain
→ Yes, moderate pain becomes severe pain
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate meals worsen right iliac pain, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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