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Upper abdominal pain after eating

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I've had abd. pain for ~2 years, progressively getting worse. I've been to my primary dr., GI dr, and surgeon. None can figure it out. I've had all the tests which were negative, have been on 4 different types of antacids (don't have heartburn or acidic stomach), which nove worked. I was also put on an antispasmodic which slowed my digestion down to almost a stop.

I'm at my wits end. Although it usually occurs after eating (usually at lunch or dinner) there isn't any one food or type of food that triggers it. I can eat something one day and feel fine, but the next I'm in pain.

The pain is a generalized cramping, with some stronger pain under my rib on the right side (gallbladder?). At times when I lay on my side I can feel a burning sensation in the same spot, even if I don't eat. Other times it can hurt by my cat walking across the same area or exercising.

Any clues? Suggestions? All my symptoms are so vague and overlap with so many other diagnoses.
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replied January 23rd, 2009
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Upper right abdominal pain is usually due to gallbladder diseases.
When the tests for gallbladder disease come negative and the pain is still present, the condition is known as a gallbladder inflammation without gallbladder stones. Gallbladder or abdominal site where this organ is located is tender to touch when there is a gallbladder disease going on.
Cramping pain could be a sign of a incomplete bowel obstruction (causing changed frequency and consistency of stool)
Also, this could be a IBS (cramps relieved after passing gas or stool).
Knowing the additional symptoms like changed bowel movements, bloating, gas, nausea, vomiting, and their timing, is helpful in distinguishing between these conditions.

If you are really concern, you may ask for referral for colonoscopy.

Best wishes!
Marija
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replied January 23rd, 2009
thanks Marija
I did fail to mention in my previous post that I do not suffer from any bowel changes. No diarrhea or constipation, or change in frequency. Everything in that department is normal. That's why the GI isn't thinking its IBS. The pain isn't relieved with the passing of gas...usually I have to sleep it off, but sometimes that doesn't work.

Aside from all of the negative tests, the symptoms seem to point to gallbladder. The surgeon said he would take it out if the GI doc wanted to, however he is afraid that if that is wrong then I'll still be left with pain. Good point.

Thanks again for the reply.
Kathy
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replied September 7th, 2009
Colic/birth-like pains after eating too much
I have the same problem Kathy. The pain happens usually when I eat too much, also started 2 years ago, the first time I ever experienced it, the pains came so painful with fever. I would spend whole entire nights crying all night and trying to go in different positions throughout the house to alleviate my pain. They almost feel like child labor pains, and I do feel exactly where you said too, like underneath the upper ribs. Sometimes I would only feel better after vomiting or passing a larger stool. And only falling asleep would be my only escape to the pain, but sometimes I would have to take painkillers, other wise I could not fall asleep with all that pain. I have missed many days of work because of the next day aching it leaves on that area of my body and the state of weakness it leaves me in the next day. It also feels like the same pain I experience when I work out my back muscles too much at the gym. I really have not seeked medical help, because I see that it normally only happens when I eat too much, so this has helped me successfully lose a lot of weight, as I have learned now to cut back on all my meals. So I almost felt like my stomach shrunk, and it hurts now when it is stretched to fit an appetite of my past eating habits. The only think now, is that I am experiencing it when I don't eat either, and then it's like my esophagus gets filled with gas, because it's empty for not eating. I've truely had digestive/colic problems as a child, so this has probably been an escalation of that and a lot of weight gain & weight loss throughout my life. Any advice would be appreciated.
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replied March 12th, 2011
I literally feel your upper abdominal pain after eating.
I have had the same pain under my ribs on the right side for about 1 1/2 years. Some days it was so severe and caused vomiting and dizziness and chest pains. I went the ER a few times and to specialists and no one has ever been able to find anything wrong with me through tests. One doctor even put me on an anti-depressent like I was mentally creating the pain. I was also on anti-spasmatics, antiacids and pain killers. I had every test possible and nothing ever showed anything wrong with me. I too have no bowel problems I finally got so fed up with feeling crazy because I kept hearing there was nothing wrong with me and still having all these crazy syptoms and pain so I had my gallbladder taken out. The surgeon and pathology came back saying I had scarring indicating I had stones. So I thought I was cured and I was for about 5 months.No more pain at all. I was so happy until about 2 weeks ago I had a relapse and was vomiting up bile one day and ever since then I have had the pain back under my right side ribs. I don't know if I can take going back to see one more doctor. I truly don't know what to do now. If you have any information or advice I could sure use it. It would be greatly appreciated.
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replied December 28th, 2011
Gall Bladder problems
I have been having the same symptoms, but I have had my gall bladder out over 8 years ago. What I didn't know that I know now is, even if your gall bladder is removed you can still produce stones in the duct where the gall bladder was. So I am thinking that I probably have more gall stones that are causing the pain. I had repeated problems before the gall bladder was removed and each time I was told I had NO stones, however on the evening of the most severe attack the ER doctor told me there were no stones on the x-ray, but when they operated found 3 large ones. So it is really hard to know if Doctors really know what's going on sometimes. Good Luck and don't eat any fatty foods.
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replied March 28th, 2011
Extreme pain in upper right side after eating
I too suffer from the same severe pain in my upper right which goes through to my back for many, many years. The only difference is my gallbladder was removed and I still get the pains. I do have a small hiatal hernia and acid reflux which is controlled with Protonix each day. I also have SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) which fills my stomach with lots of gas and bacteria. I take CIPRO antibiotic for that and then have to take a high dose of probiotics inbetween to cut down the yeast overgrowth that occurs when killing off all the bacteria (good and bad). A daily probiotics pill is helpful anyway.

Tonight I ate a small amount of turkey and an hour later had a severe attack of pain on the right. I tried some hot tea and later had a huge gas bubble that came up my esophagus. That relieved some of my pain. I do believe that most of the pain is from trapped gas as many people have the same symptoms yet tests reveal nothing. I would recommend Gas-X, Beano, and staying on a diet of low gas food. Probiotics are also helpful. Make sure you get enough fiber as well like taking a spoonful of Cetracel every day which coats the intestines, helping the food slide through easier. I would recommend getting a hydrogen breath test for bacterial overgrowth as many people have it and don't know it. It causes a lof gas. All these things have helped me in the past and I hope my suggestions help you.
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replied April 7th, 2011
intense pain after eating (left side)
I experience intense pain on my left side, where my stomach is. It starts immediately after eating. I cant even drink anything or it gets worse. If I can somehow manage to burp it out, the pain is gone. Ive tried simethicone (over the counter anti gas medication) and alkaseltzer. Neither work, alkaseltzer intensifies the pain immensely. I was at the ER and they found I had a diaphragmatic hernia, which would explain the gas getting trapped and causing the pain. However, my GI doctor said that the hernia they found doesn't necessarily explain intense pain I get. So am getting some tests done soon to see what if anything else can be causing the gas buildup/pain.
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replied December 27th, 2011
allergies ... and pain
I been having bad pains on my right side, The doctor thinks its my gallbladder. Getting an ultra sound soon to see. Maybe some of you should get checked for food allergies like, gluten.. tomatoes.. and more. I got a "bio meridian stress test" it listed all my allergies... even oils, got them out of the diet which made a big difference... did some research and if you have allergies it can cause issues with your galbladder.


but recommand the bio stress test, chiroprators or natural meds people using have the test.... tests from a normal doctor do not cut it.
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