General abdominal 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 general abdominal pain worse after meals, we could:
|Mesenteric Ischemia||5%||Ruled out|
|Atrophic Gastritis||1%||Ruled out|
Do you regularly experience general abdominal pain that is present before eating and becomes worse roughly 20 minutes to 3 hours after eating a meal?
Possible responses:→ No / eating doesn't make it worse / don't know
→ Rarely / a few times a year
→ Yes, it started less than 1 week ago
→ Yes, it started about 1 to 4 weeks ago
→ Yes, I've had it for 1 month or more
Because total blood flow to the intestine can vary from 25% when fasting to 35% after eating, symptoms are more prevalent after eating.