What other symptoms might occur with epigastric pain?

Epigastric pain may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Frequently, symptoms that affect the digestive tract may also involve other body systems.

Gastrointestinal symptoms that may occur along with epigastric pain

Epigastric pain may accompany other symptoms affecting the digestive system such as:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal swelling, distension or bloating
  • Belching
  • Burning feeling in the abdomen or upper chest
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Flatulence
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Pain in the upper chest

In some cases, symptoms of epigastric pain can be a sign of a heart attack or serious condition. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Chest pain, chest tightness, chest pressure, palpitations
  • Radiating pain down your shoulder and arm
  • Respiratory or breathing problems such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, wheezing, not breathing, or choking
  • Vomiting blood or black material (resembling coffee grounds)
INTRODUCTION

What is epigastric pain?

Epigastric pain is pain that is localized to the region of the upper abdomen immediately below the ribs. Often, those who experience this type of pain feel it during or right after eating or if they lie down too soon after eating. It is a common symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or heartburn. It may be associated with the gastric contents moving upward into the back of the throa... Read more about epigastric painintroduction

CAUSES

What causes epigastric pain?

Epigastric pain has many possible causes. Most commonly, epigastric pain is the result of overeating, drinking alcohol while eating, or consuming greasy or spicy foods. Epigastric pain can be caused by digestive conditions such as acid reflux or lactose intolerance. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is another possible cause of epigastric pain. Inflammatory diseases or cancers affecting th... Read more about epigastric paincauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 1, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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