Upper-left abdomen pain worse after meals can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'serious'. 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 upper-left abdomen pain worse after meals, we could:
UPPER-LEFT abdomen: Do you experience discomfort or pain behind the left rib cage that sometimes or always becomes worse after eating?
Possible responses:→ No / I only have pain when I eat / don't know
→ Rarely / a few times a year
→ Yes, mild pain becomes moderate pain after eating
→ Yes, mild pain becomes severe pain
→ Yes, moderate pain becomes severe pain
The pain starts in the upper left part of your body and radiates through your back.
The main symptom of pancreatitis is pain felt in the upper left side or middle of the abdomen. The pain often begins or worsens after eating and may become worse within minutes, especially if foods have a high fat content.