What other symptoms might occur with upper abdominal pain?

Upper abdominal pain may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Upper abdominal pain is often related to the digestive tract, and may accompany other digestive tract symptoms. Symptoms related to other body systems may also occur and sometimes upper abdominal pain is not related to a condition of the digestive tract.

Digestive tract symptoms that may occur along with upper abdominal pain

Upper abdominal pain may accompany other symptoms affecting the digestive system including:

  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Abdominal swelling, distension or bloating
  • Belching
  • Bloody stool (blood may be red, black, or tarry in texture)
  • Changes in bowel movements
  • Constipation
  • Cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea with or without vomiting

Other symptoms that may occur along with upper abdominal pain

Upper abdominal pain may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:

  • Body aches
  • Cough
  • Enlarged liver and glands such as the spleen and lymph nodes
  • Fever
  • General ill feeling
  • Muscle spasms
  • Pain, numbness or tingling
  • Palpable mass in the abdomen
  • Rash
  • Unexpected weight loss

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, upper abdominal pain may be a symptom of a life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness such as passing out or unresponsiveness
  • Chest pain, chest tightness, chest pressure, or palpitations
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Inability to have bowel movements, especially if accompanied by vomiting
  • Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Respiratory or breathing problems such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, wheezing, not breathing, or choking
  • Rigidity of the abdomen
  • Severe abdominal pain or sharp abdominal pain that comes on suddenly
  • Trauma to the abdomen
  • Vomiting blood, rectal bleeding, or bloody stool

What is upper abdominal pain?

Pain in the upper abdomen can often be attributed to temporary problems such as indigestion or gas. Persistent or severe upper abdominal pain may be related to other digestive tract conditions or to conditions of the body wall, blood vesse... Read more about upper abdominal painintroduction


What causes upper abdominal pain?

Upper abdominal pain often originates in the digestive tract, although it can also be due to disorders of the circulatory system, kidneys, respiratory system, or body wall.

Digestive tract causes of upper abdominal pain

Upper abdominal pain may be caused by conditions of the digestive tract including:

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 11, 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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