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Digestive Disorders

Stomach ache after eating

10/23/2008

Question:

My daughter develops a stomach ache soon after eating. She`s 19 years old, no prior stomach problems until the last 5 months or so. We suspected she`s developing lactose intolerance, but it doesn`t seem to be tied to dairy. What kind of care should she seek? Thanks.

Answer:

It could be a number of problems, including your idea of lactose intolerance. But that usually causes more of a gas/bloating sensation with or without diarrhea. Ulcers, gastritis (inflammation of stomach), gallbladder problems are just a few of the possible etiologies. I would suggeset you start off by seeing a primary care doctor who will then decide if a specialist is necessary.

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Annette  Kyprianou, MD Annette Kyprianou, MD
Senior Clinical Instructor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University