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Abdominal Pain After Eating Greasy Foods

by
author image Solomon Branch
Solomon Branch specializes in nutrition, health, acupuncture, herbal medicine and integrative medicine. He has a B.A. in English from George Mason University, as well as a master's degree in traditional Chinese medicine.
Abdominal Pain After Eating Greasy Foods
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While greasy foods often stimulate your taste buds, they do not make you feel full as easily as foods high in proteins and carbohydrates. This can sometimes lead to overeating -- a common cause of abdominal pain. If, however, you consume a small portion of a greasy food and still experience abdominal pain, it could be that greasy foods are hard for you to digest, or the pain could signal a more serious problem, such as a gallbladder disorder, that requires medical attention.

Abdominal Region

Abdominal pain is felt anywhere between your chest and groin, according to MedlinePlus. Many people refer to this as stomach or belly pain. Generalized pain -- which you experience in over half of your abdomen -- is typically due to simple indigestion, while pain that is specific to a smaller area is often a sign of a problem with an organ, such as the gallbladder -- which is located in the upper-right quadrant of your abdominal region. Pain that is similar to a cramp is often due to gas, while pain that comes and goes can be a sign of gallbladder or kidney stones.

Digestive Issues

Greasy foods, such as pizza, french fries and fried chicken, are high in fats that tend to slow the digestive process. This can cause abdominal pain in some people. For example, eating greasy foods is a common cause of simple indigestion, which is often felt as a pain between the lower end of the chest bone and the navel. It can sometimes feel like a burning pain. In some people, greasy foods can also trigger gas, which can cause abdominal pain, particularly in the lower abdomen.

Gallbladder Problems

The gallbladder helps digest fats by pumping bile, which is produced by the liver, into your small intestine through a small duct -- a tubelike structure. If you have abdominal pain after eating greasy foods, you may have problems with your gallbladder or the duct that connects it to the small intestine. Stones in your gallbladder are a common cause of abdominal pain, which could be triggered by eating greasy foods. Cholecystitis, inflammation of the gallbladder often caused by gallstones, can cause pain in the upper-right portion of the abdomen. Other issues, such as problems with the contents of the bile or blockage of the bile duct, can also cause a similar pain, and this can be triggered by eating greasy foods.

Other Considerations

Mild abdominal pain after eating greasy foods that goes away relatively quickly is often due to indigestion or gas and can be prevented by avoiding or limiting problem foods. Pain that is localized, particularly to the upper-right quadrant of the abdomen, should be checked by a doctor, as it may be the sign of a gallbladder problem. Other medical disorders may also be to blame, so consulting a doctor is also advisable if you experience severe abdominal pain, pain that lasts for more than 48 hours or pain accompanied by other symptoms, such as fever, chest pain or diarrhea that lasts for several days.

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