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:
frequent red blood in stools
recent onset nausea
meal-induced pain for over a month
meals worsen top-right abdomen pain
very black/tarry stools
abdominal pain reduced by eating
nausea for 1-3 months
no desire to eat breakfast
pain between shoulder blades
frequent unexplained nausea
bulimia
heavily coated tongue
... 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
Stomach Ulcers 90% Confirm
Poor Digestion 56% 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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