Onset Of Upper-Right Abdomen Pain After Meals

What Causes Upper-Right Abdomen Pain After Eating?

Upper-right abdomen pain after eating can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  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 upper-right abdomen pain after eating, 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 "upper-right abdomen pain after eating" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Poor Digestion
  • Stomach Ulcers

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:
no desire to eat breakfast
very black/tarry stools
meal-related bloating
heavily coated tongue
meal-induced pain for over a month
fatty food intolerance
significant amounts of occult blood
acute abdominal pain
coffee consumption
significant red blood in stools
vegan diet
frequent unexplained nausea
... 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 upper-right abdomen pain after eating:
Cause Probability Status
Poor Digestion 91% Confirm
Stomach Ulcers 63% 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 caused by eating, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
UPPER-RIGHT abdomen: Do you experience discomfort or pain behind the right rib cage that only occurs after eating?
Possible responses:
→ No / I have it even when I don't eat
→ Occasional mild discomfort
→ Frequent mild and/or occasional moderate pain
→ Frequent moderate and/or occasional severe pain
→ Severe pain after most/all meals
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate mild upper-right pain after food, moderate upper-right pain after food, major upper-right pain after food or severe upper-right pain after food, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Gastric/Peptic/Duodenal Ulcers

The pain usually occurs 2-3 hours after a meal and is relieved by antacids or by eating more food.

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