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Doctor insights on: Right Upper Quadrant Pain After Eating

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Stomach Pain After Meal (Definition)

Stomach pain after a meal, also known as a postprandial pain, refers to pain in the mid abdomen after eating. It can have many causes, related to the stomach, esophagus, gallbladder, pancreas, and intestines, among other organs. If it persists, ...Read more


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The past 2 evening upper right quadrant discomfort. Seems a little better after eating dinner. How do I tell if this is my gerd, gallbladder, other?

The past 2 evening upper right quadrant discomfort. Seems a little better after eating dinner. How do I tell if this is my gerd, gallbladder, other?

Could be: Any number of GI or non-GI conditions. Your doctor can order tests that are warranted based upon careful review of your history and complete physical exam, and these can differentiate among the various causes.

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Upper right quadrant pain. Cholecystectomy 8 years ago. Pain radiates to back /shoulder and is sharp about 40 min after eating. Liquid diet helps.

Pancreas: After your gallbladder has been removed you can still form stones or sludge that causes pain. Getting pain after eating around 30-40 minutes may be related to acid however. At your age a duodenal ulcer is possible. Lastly pancreatitis or inflammation of the pancreas can also be a cause. See your doctor you can be treated and feel better.

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Pain in left upper quadrant, radiates to left arm and hand, dull in nature, starts after eating, weight50, ht5'2, plz tell cause possible in this cindition?

Pain in left upper quadrant, radiates to left arm and hand, dull in nature, starts after eating, weight50, ht5'2, plz tell cause possible in this cindition?

Quite a few organs-: -R in the area. After meals can B gall bladder, gastric ulcers. Eating causes a gastrocolic reflx & if constipated, the splenic flexure can do this as stool & gas R turning the corner there. Pancreas also may B inflamed & cause this. Best 2 C Ur PCP 4 an eval.

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Pain on left side feels like trapped gas and it is felt on both lower and upper quadrants (low rib and underneath) Usually every few months after eating. Area hurts if pressed on. Could endometriosis or ovarian cysts be causing it?

Pain on left side feels like trapped gas and it is felt on both lower and upper quadrants (low rib and underneath) Usually every few months after eating. Area hurts if pressed on. Could endometriosis or ovarian cysts be causing it?

Splenic flexure: The colon takes a sharp 90 degree turn under the left rib cage and this splenic flexure is the site of trapped gas at times. Applying heat to the abdomen and drinking hot water helps break down the gas enabling you to pass it. Taking simethicone after meals helps prevent gas build up. If these measures relieve your distress, it would rule out the other diagnoses.

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Healthy but I have horrible right upper quadrant pain?

See your doctor: These symptoms are not normal. See your doctor. He/she will listen to you, perform an examination, and possibly order tests to find out what's going on.

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I have right upper quadrant pain and nausea. What could cause this?

Gallstones: The most frequent cause of right uper quadrant pain and nausea is gallstones. There are other causes as well. I would speak to your doctor to determine what tests shoudl be undertaken. An ultrasound is the best test to diagnose gallstones.

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Help I have horrible right upper quadrant pain. What is the best treatment?

It depends: The best treatment depends on the cause of the pain. There can be several causes including liver and gall bladder disease. See a doctor.

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If my gallbladder is fine, what else can cause right upper quadrant pain?

Stomach issues: It's very possible that this could be some sort of gastric or duodenal ulcer in the stomach or small intestine. If this persists in spite of otc tx with antacids and / or h2 blocers like Zantac (ranitidine) or ppi like Prilosec then you should see your physician. Common bile duct stones and pancreatitis can also cause symptoms like these as well.

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Elevated liver enzymes with right upper quadrant pain. What should I do?

Elevated liver enzymes with right upper quadrant pain. What should I do?

See a doctor: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician.

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Can GERD cause intermediate right upper quadrant pain? Not constant but when it hurts it's a 6 out of 10. gallbladder Hida normal. Pain is off and on

Can GERD cause intermediate right upper quadrant pain? Not constant but when it hurts it's a 6 out of 10. gallbladder Hida normal. Pain is off and on

Common: Gerd can be associated with Gastritis which could cause intermittent pain. Sometimes such pain could be associated with meals. The history, type of pain and response to proton pump inhibitors or H2 blockers or antiacids may help estabilish the diagnosis.

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Right upper quadrant pain 18months, gallbladder ok, indigestion, upset tummy and bloated. All bloods normal?

Constipation: Pain without serious consequences and normal ultrasound and blood test very like constipation. Coexisting symptoms very suggestive of it too. Eat high fiber diet avoid meat, white flour, caffeine, drink plenty of fluids, use OTC meds like fiber, laxative for bowel cleansing. Need to do on ongoing basis not just once. Avoid good that causes heartburn.

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Ct scan on Thursday, .right upper quadrant pain and for definition of 1cm angiomyolipoma, scared what they might find, how quick for results if bad?

Ct scan on Thursday, .right upper quadrant pain and for definition of 1cm angiomyolipoma, scared what they might find, how quick for results if bad?

CT results: Don't know about the UK, but in the US most scans are probably read on the same day, or at least within 24 hours. You should call your doctor and ask about the results.

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Right upper quadrant pain radiating down right side blood tests ultra sound liver enzymes normal?

Right upper quadrant pain radiating down right side blood tests ultra sound liver enzymes normal?

Needs further eval: It's possible you still may have a gallbladder issue or even trapped gas in the right colon. A HIDA scan would be needed if your doctor felt it warranted. Sometimes gas can get trapped in the right colon as it tends to ride high and dipback down as it traverses the abdomen.

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Right upper quadrant pain first in front and then in back to side and down into groin. Blood, urine, ultrasound and X-ray normal. 2 mos in pain. Why?

Right upper quadrant pain first in front and then in back to side and down into groin. Blood, urine, ultrasound and X-ray normal. 2 mos in pain. Why?

Need work up.: Possibilities: gallbladder, pancreas, kidney stones to small to visualize by X-ray, or possibly bowel. Will need to see your Dr. Will probably get ultrasound and CT. May need MRI.

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I have many health conditions, no one can figure out why I have right upper quadrant pain? Hida, Ct scan, blood, test all normal? What do I do?

I have many health conditions, no one can figure out why I have right upper quadrant pain? Hida, Ct scan, blood, test all normal? What do I do?

Many cause ruq pain: Usually next step is endoscopy to assess esophagus and stomach for inflammation.Sometimes esophagitis and gastritis can cause these symptoms. Hepatic disease and hepatic flexure of colon issues can contribut to pain. Infection or obstructino related to urinary tract are other issues. Should consult gastroenterologist.

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Caffeinated hot or cold tea / coffee causes right upper quadrant pain (near gall bladder/liver); very light throbbing pain. 2 out of 10. Why?!

Abdominal pain: Most likely you irritation of inner layer of your stomach, I don't believe you have gallstone or gallbladder pathology rather you might have gastritis. try to avoid coffee, spicy food, fatty food, alcohol and medications called NSAID (motrin, ibuprofen, ...), if no better in 1-2 wk see your provider to check you for hpylori infection.

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