Epigastric pain is the most common sign in patients with stomach pain, a dull pain, burning pain and abdominal pain that makes the patient very uncomfortable. The most concentrated pain is from the abdomen to the chest, sometimes it can spread to the back.
Epigastric pain in patients with gastric pain is acute in nature, that is, occurs in episodes. Symptoms usually appear and last for 1-2 weeks, then gradually decrease and disappear until the next acute episode.
NOTE: It is necessary to distinguish symptoms of epigastric pain due to stomach pain or other related diseases by the following characteristics:
1. Epigastric pain due to stomach pain:
The pain is cyclical, often associated with meals such as after eating too much or being too hungry before a meal.
2. Epigastric pain due to stomach cancer:
The pain is not cyclical, often persisting rather than having an episodic onset.
3. Epigastric pain due to peptic ulcer disease:
Cyclic characteristics are quite similar to stomach pain, so it is difficult to distinguish through symptoms, the most severe pain is when food comes in.
4. Epigastric pain due to duodenal ulcer:
The pain most often occurs when fasting and will subside after eating.
Based on this symptom alone, it is difficult to determine whether the patient has stomach pain or gastrointestinal disease, even acute digestive disorder. Therefore, it is necessary to combine with other symptoms and sometimes need testing to make a diagnosis.
Reach out to your doctor incase you experience such for medical attention. Laboratory tests will be carried out to determine its etiology and hence appropriate therapy given!
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