Upper-center abdomen pain worse after meals 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 upper-center abdomen pain worse after meals, we could:
|Sphincter Of Oddi Dysfunction||24%||Unlikely|
|Stomach Ulcers||1%||Ruled out|
|Irritable Bowel Syndrome||1%||Ruled out|
|Pancreatic Cancer||0%||Ruled out|
UPPER-CENTER abdomen: Do you experience discomfort or pain in the epigastric (stomach) area, below the breastbone 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
Inflammation or other dysfunction of the gallbladder (cholecystitis) or biliary tract (angiocholitis) often causes pain in the abdomen, generally towards the right-hand side. The pain is more likely to occur after large and/or fatty/oily/fried meals.
If you have a stomach ulcer, the pain usually begins about 15 to 20 minutes after eating, especially after large meals.
The pain often starts in the upper abdomen and spreads up into the neck. It usually begins about 30-60 minutes after a meal and can last for up to 2 hours. Lying down or bending over can bring on heartburn or make it worse.
IBS can be a source of long-term abdominal pain or discomfort; the symptoms of IBS are usually worse after eating and tend to come and go.
Pancreatic cancer usually causes a dull pain that may become worse after eating.