One of the more common, but unusual symptoms that millions of people can suffer from on occasion is back pain after eating a meal or snack. Associating back pain with food introduced in the stomach may seem counterintuitive, but there have been substantial clinical studies that show for certain persons, eating a particular type of food can indeed cause the stomach or intestines to expand and put pressure on the muscles of the back.
Understanding back pain after eating can be troublesome at first since we naturally associate digestive issues with the front side of our torsos, not the back area. What is important is that if you suspect that your back pain after eating is linked then identifying the particular food is important to prevent this occurrence from happening again.
Of course, each of us has our own unique tastes as well as sensitivities to certain types of foods. What one person may eat heartily may cause us great distress when consumed. Also, the types of foods that we have eaten for years without any problem may suddenly cause issues because of the natural changes that occur when we age.
Whatever the case, the first step to indentifying the cause of back pain after eating is remembering what you ate during that time and perhaps even keeping a journal if you are not sure of the immediate cause, perhaps because you consumed several different types of foods so when it happens again you can narrow down the possibilities.
However, there are some common types of foods that have caused back pain after eating in many individuals.
Gas: This is the most common form of pain and the expansion of gas in your stomach and intestines can cause you to feel back pain. Foods that make you “gassy” should be reduced or perhaps you can augment your diet with substances that reduce gas buildup in your system. If you identify a particular food as causing the gas, then reducing or eliminating it from the diet may be your best option.
Sunflower Seeds and Popcorn: Two common food items generally have a high fat content. The inability of the stomach and intestines to process the fat can cause you to feel pain in your back. Cutting back on high fat foods or replacing them with lower fat versions of both sunflower seeds and popcorn can reduce the symptoms of back pain after eating.
Gall Bladder: If the pain you experience seems to center on the upper right of your stomach or corresponding place on your back, you may have an infected gall bladder. This condition is aggravated if you eat high fat foods which cause the gall bladder to release bile. In most cases, surgery to remove the infected gall bladder is recommended.
Pancreas: Your pancreas works in conjunction with your gall bladder. Irritation of the pancreas can cause symptoms of back pain after eating. In this case, seeking out medical treatment is a must.
While most cases of back pain after eating are temporary and can be associated with gas or a particular food, if your pain persists then seeking out a physician is recommended.