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Belly Pain (Definition)

Abdominal pain is pain that you feel anywhere between your chest and groin. This is often referred to as the stomach region or belly. Almost everyone experiences pain in the abdomen at one time or another. Most of the time, it is not caused by a serious medical problem. There are many organs in the abdomen. Pain in the abdomen can originate from any one of them, including: Organs related to digestion -- the end of the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas The aorta -- a large blood vessel that runs straight down the inside of the abdomen The appendix -- an organ in the lower right abdomen that no longer serves much function The kidneys -- two bean-shaped organs that lie deep within the abdominal cavity The spleen -- an organ involved in blood maintenance and infection control However, the pain may start from somewhere else -- like your chest or pelvic area. You may also have a generalized infection, such as the flu or strep throat, that affects many parts of your body. The intensity of the pain does not always reflect the seriousness of the condition causing the pain. Severe abdominal pain can be from mild conditions, such as gas or the cramping of viral gastroenteritis. On the other hand, relatively mild pain or no pain may be present with life-threatening conditions, such as cancer of the ...Read more


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Reference help with increase abdominal pain after meals?

Reference help with increase abdominal pain after meals?

Gallbladder: This could be gallbladder related or from an ulcer. Need some more information to better identify what cause could be. ...Read more

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I have had severe abdominal pain after meals that lasts about 10-20 min. I also have mild low back pain. Should i seek medical attention?

I have had severe abdominal pain after meals that lasts about 10-20 min. I also have mild low back pain. Should i seek medical attention?

Yes: You likely have a problem with your gall bladder or an ulcer. You should be evaluated to make sure it is not severe. Often dietary changes can help: avoiding fatty, greasy, spicy foods. ...Read more

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Upper/middle back pain a little towards the left also accompanied by upper abdominal pain sometimes after meals. No vomiting or diarrhea?

Upper/middle back pain a little towards the left also accompanied by upper abdominal pain sometimes after meals. No vomiting or diarrhea?

Gutsy call here: Some spinal conditions may cause abdominal pain but symptoms would not be meal-related. Some abdominal conditions cause back pain & commonly are meal-related. So it seems your problem is in your belly, not your back. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing abdominal pain, diarrhea after meals, fatigue and occasionally bloody stool. Could it be Crohn's disease?

Possibly: The only way to tell is to have an appropriate test (usually endoscopy) done. You should see your primary doctor or gastroenterologist to evaluate further. Some other possibilities could include medication-related, gastritis, infection, cancer, ulcerative colitis, etc. Best wishes. ...Read more

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3 weeks I've had abdominal pain, nausea & have vomited after meals. I'm not pregnant, had an ultrasound &have small polyps in my gallbladder? Now what?

3 weeks I've had abdominal pain, nausea & have vomited after meals. I'm not pregnant, had an ultrasound &have small polyps in my gallbladder? Now what?

3 Possibilities: 1-what is presumed to be polyps are actually gallstones. 2-you may have gallbladder disease in the absence of stones. A cck-hida test can check gb function. 3-we are "barking up the wrong tree" & your problems are not gb related. I advise you to see a gb surgeon or gastroenterologist to help sort this out. Good luck! ...Read more

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Flat belly to looking 7 months pregnant (not preg) severe abdominal pain and bloating after every meal with clay coloured stools nausea and vomiting?

Flat belly to looking 7 months pregnant (not preg) severe abdominal pain and bloating after every meal with clay coloured stools nausea and vomiting?

See you doctor: The clay colored stools suggest a blockage of your common bile duct by a gallstone. Could also explain the bloating. This is diagnosed with ultrasound and blood tests, and may require endoscopy and /or surgery. I would consider this an urgent problem, so would sort it out this week. Best of luck, and i hope this helps! ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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Stomach Pain After Meal (Definition)

Abdominal pain after a meal is a symptom in which a person feels ok before eating, but starts to have tummy pain after eating. Gall bladder disease or gall stones are examples of conditions that can cause ...Read more


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Abdominal Pain (Definition)

Abdominal pain is pain that you feel anywhere between your chest and groin. This is often referred to as the ...Read more