Epigastric pain is usually felt in the area of the upper abdomen right below the ribs. Many who experience this pain most often begin to feel the pain during meal time, right after their meal, or if one were to lay down too quickly after their meal.
Epigastric pain is related to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or heartburn. Epigastric pain can also be associated with acid reflux, inflammation of the pancreas, gallstones, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, gastritis, inflammation of the gallbladder, and inflammation of the pancreas.
The pain associated with epigastric pain can vary. Epigastric pain can be a dull pain or can be a burning pain. The pain is not centralized in one particular location. The pain can spread to the chest in an upward manner or even to the back.
Many symptoms are associated with Epigastric pain. The symptoms are belching, cramps, bloating, hunger pains, weight loss/poor appetite, and nausea/vomiting.
Pain associated with Epigastric pain is not one that is quick to diagnose. In some cases, we will treat the for what seems to be the condition to see if there is any improvement before any further testing is completed. If pain persists, we will schedule new testing and continue to medically examine the cause of your epigastric pain.