Increase in abdominal pain after meals can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'critical' 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 increase in abdominal pain after meals, we could:
If you regularly experience an increase in general abdominal pain after eating a meal, roughly how frequent and severe is this increase? 'Occasional' means less than half the time after eating; 'frequent' means more than half the time.
Possible responses:→ I don't have pain / no increase / don't know
→ Occasional mild/moderate pain increase
→ Frequent mild / occasional moderate increase
→ Frequent moderate / occasional severe increase
→ Severe increase in pain after most/all meals