Severe abdominal pain only after meals can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'critical'. 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 severe abdominal pain only after meals, we could:
|Atrophic Gastritis||4%||Ruled out|
|Crohn's Disease||3%||Ruled out|
|Stomach Ulcers||3%||Ruled out|
|Lactose Intolerance||0%||Ruled out|
If you regularly experience general abdominal pain that begins after eating a meal, roughly how frequent and severe is it?
Possible responses:→ Not applicable / don't know
→ Occasional mild/moderate pain
→ Frequent mild and/or occasional moderate pain
→ Frequent moderate and/or occasional severe pain
→ Severe pain after most/all meals
Pain usually begins within an hour of eating and is most often around the navel, the lower right abdomen, or both. Usually painful to the touch.
Symptoms of lactose intolerance can be mild or severe, depending on how much lactase your body makes.