Pain in the upper abdomen after eating

The pain in the upper abdomen after eating is called postprandial pain. Postprandial is a term used for changes that occur in the body after eating. The pain in the upper abdomen might occur due to many digestive disorders. However, it is best for you that you brought it to the attention of your physician because sometimes they need immediate medical attention. In this article, we will cover some causes that caused pain in the upper abdomen after eating.

 

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Common causes of pain in the upper abdomen

Below are some of the conditions due to which you feel pain in your abdomen after eating.

1. Dyspepsia

Dyspepsia is a condition that is commonly referred to as indigestion might be the cause of your abdominal pain after eating. Dyspepsia is caused by an ulcer, gastroparesis, a stomach infection, chronic pancreatitis, and thyroid diseases. The symptoms of this disease are burning in the stomach, bloating, abdominal pain, gas, nausea, acidic taste, and a growling stomach. In dyspepsia, you feel discomfort in the upper abdomen.

2. Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is another condition that causes pain in the upper abdomen after eating. It is a condition in which the pancreas becomes inflamed. Pancreatitis may be acute or chronic. Acute pancreatitis is sudden inflammation while chronic pancreatitis is a long-lasting inflammation. The main symptom of this condition is the upper abdominal pain that radiates to the back and might occur after eating especially when you eat fat-rich food. The other symptoms are the swollen abdomen, nausea and vomiting, fever, and increased heart rate.

 

3. Peptic ulcer

It is another condition that causes pain in the upper abdomen aftet eating. In peptic ulcers, sores are developed in the lining of the stomach or in the small intestine. The three types of peptic ulcers or gastric ulcers, esophageal ulcers, and duodenal ulcers. The peptic ulcer causes pain in the upper abdomen after eating especially by gastric ulcers. The symptoms of peptic ulcers are, change in appetite, weight loss, indigestion, vomiting, and chest pain. The pain that occurs due to the peptic ulcers is experienced between the sternum and the belly button.

 

4. Gall stones

Pain in the upper abdomen is also caused by the gall stones after eating eapecially when you eat a food that is rich in fats. Gallstones are solid particles form from the cholesterol and bilirubin. The pain that occurs due to gallstones is severe, dull, and constant and usually starts within 30 minutes after eating. The other symptoms that occur due to gallstones are nausea, indigestion, bloating, and jaundice.

 

5. Irritable bowel syndrome

It is a condition that causes chronic abdominal pain. The pain is associated with bowel movement but eating can trigger strong intestinal contraction due to which abdominal pain occurs. In irritable bowel syndrome, the large intestine is affected. The symptoms of this condition are abdominal pain, bloating, gas, constipation, and cramping.  This condition is caused by muscle contraction in the intestine, nervous system, inflammation, severe infection, and changes in the microflora.

 

6. Aerophagy

It is a condition in which the air goes into the stomach. The symptoms of this condition are bloating, abdominal pain, heartburn, satiety, vomiting, and chest tightness. The main causes of this disease are smoking, carbonated drink, chewing gum, anxiety, and eating too quickly, etc.

 

7. Abdominal angina

This condition is mainly described by the abdominal pain that occurs after eating. Abdominal angina usually occurs in persons who have poor blood supply to their small intestine. Poor blood supply to the small intestine is called chronic mesenteric ischemia. The main cause of this condition is smoke. About 70 to 80% of abdominal angina patient smokes.

 

8. Stomach cancer

Stomach cancer also causes abdominal pain after eating but it is the less common cause of abdominal pain. In this condition, the cancer cells are formed in the lining of the stomach. The symptoms of stomach cancer are indigestion, stomach pain, etc.

 

9. Esophageal cancer

It is also the less common cause of abdominal pain. Esophageal cancer as its name indicates that it is cancer that occurs in the esophagus. The symptoms of this condition are dysphagia, weight loss, chest pain, indigestion, heartburn, and coughing.

 

How to avoid abdominal pain?

If you want to avoid abdominal pain here are some tips that might help you.

1. Do not overeat
2. Eat fruits and vegetables for a regular bowel movement.
3. Wash hands before eating.
4. Don’t eat right before bedtime because it can cause a disturbance in your digestive system.
5. Get lots of sleep.

The above givens tips are very helpful for any type of person.

 

When to see a doctor?

Pain in the body is an indicator that tells us that something wrong is happening in the body. If you experienced pain in the upper abdomen after eating regularly then you have to go to the doctor. The doctor will diagnose your condition and you will get an accurate treatment.