Onset Of Lower-Right Abdominal Pain After Meals

What Causes Lower-Right Abdominal Pain After Eating?

Lower-right abdominal 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 lower-right abdominal pain after eating, we could:

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  • 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 "lower-right abdominal pain after eating" as a symptom.  For example, Crohn's disease.

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:
slight abdominal distension
history of occult blood
active Crohn's disease
having loose stools
elevated lymphocyte count
meals worsen right iliac pain
mild right iliac discomfort
significant left iliac pain
mild meal-induced pain
significant red blood in stools
weak appetite
very great unexplained weight loss
... 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 lower-right abdominal pain after eating.

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:
LOWER-RIGHT abdomen: Do you experience discomfort or pain above your right hip that only occurs after eating?
Possible responses:
→ No / I have it even when I don't eat / don't know
→ 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 right iliac pain after food, moderate right iliac pain after food, major right iliac pain after food or severe right iliac pain after food, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Crohn's Disease.  Pain usually begins within an hour of eating and is most often around the navel, the lower-right abdomen, or both.  The area is usually painful to the touch.
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