Stomach Pain After Eating

When experiencing a stomach pain after eating, it usually can be signs of minor issues. However, it can also be signs of major issues, such as gull stones, hernias, and appendicitis. Often, people a get stomach pain after eating and tend to blame it on the stomach. They often treat the issue with modern medicine upon its activation in the body and think nothing of it. However, if it happens quite frequently or even all the time, it can definitely be signs of a serious issue and requires immediate attention. The pain can arise from the appendix or the abdomen region in general and can also have other symptoms such as severe headaches, vomiting blood, difficulty breathing, etc. Generally, if the pain starts almost immediately after eating, it represents a serious condition and seeing your doctor is very important. If the pain is unbearable, you need to go to the hospital immediately. In that case, it is definitely not a stomach ache or bad food issue that you can treat at home.

Regions of the Stomach

Regions of the Stomach

For medical purposes, the abdomen is divided into four quadrants. This includes upper left quadrant, lower left quadrant, upper right quadrant, and lower right quadrant. It allows for more organization in identifying health issues, specific to certain organs, as well as identifying the location of pain. There are many organs within the abdomen area. Therefore, quadrants make it easier to associate the organs and better target specific conditions. When you are experiencing stomach pain after eating, it will allow you to identify the specific quadrant in which pain occurs and also identify specific organs within that quadrant which could be the cause for stomach pain. This allows the potential issue to be narrowed down.

If you are experiencing pain in the upper right or lower right abdomen quadrant, it is usually appendicitis. If you feel pain in the right side of the back, chest, or shoulder as well as the upper right abdomen quadrant, it is usually gallstones. If you feel pain in the upper or lower right abdomen quadrant accompanied by sore throat, fever, or tiredness, it is usually just a viral infection. If you feel sharp instant pain in the upper left or right abdomen quadrant, it is usually pancreatitis. These examples are only a few of the possible causes for the pain. There are several causes of stomach pain after eating as well as several symptoms associated with potential health problems. Below is a breakdown of several causes for stomach pain after eating and some common symptoms associated with the causes of the pain as well.

Most Common Causes of Stomach Pain after Eating

  • Hernias
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gallstones
  • Diverticulitis
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Chron’s disease
  • Dysentery
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Appendicitis
  • Kidney stones
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Heart attacks
  • Poisoning
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease


Symptoms Associated with the Causes of Stomach Pain after Eating

  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Chills
  • Vomiting
  • Gradually increasing pains in the middle section of body
  • Sharp pains in the middle section of body


As you can see from the examples above, stomach pain after eating, if persistent or immensely painful, can be a sure sign of a major health issue. However, if it only happens occasionally and does not have sharp or heavy pains, it may just be a viral infection. In trying to differentiate between the two, ask yourself how the pain starts and where it starts. If you immediately get stomach pain after eating, it is most likely a potential health issue. If you can identify where the pain begins, it can help distinguish between the potential causes or conditions leading to the stomach pain. Many health issues come with multiple symptoms, so that would be a sure sign of a health problem as well.

Left side abdominal pain is usually in woman and young adults. Right side abdominal pain is usually caused by appendicitis, but not always. Your doctor can help properly identify the issue and make the appropriate recommendations. There are many organs within the abdominal area and sometimes issues can go undetected. However, most of the time, you will know something is wrong. As stated earlier, stomach pain after eating is often a minor issue, but be sure to see your doctor if it’s frequent, persistent, and/or immensely painful.