Pain in your upper abdomen (epigastric pain) can be caused by something as simple as over eating or drinking or consuming spicy or greasy foods. Indigestion is a form of epigastric pain.
The upper part of your abdomen just below your rib cage is called the epigastrium. Your pancreas and part of your small intestine called the duodenum are located in the epigastrium. Part of your stomach and liver are also in this area.
Other causes of epigastric pain may include:
- Gastroesophageal reflux
- Stomach or duodenal ulcers
- Problems with the organs in the area such as pancreatitis or gall stones
- Abdominal hernia
- Bladder problems
- Infections in the female reproductive organs
In some cases epigastric pain can be a result of cardiac problems so it is important to get a quick and accurate diagnosis.