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Tuesday, April 19, 2011 RH, Community Member, asks

Q: What Causes Upper Stomach Pain Radiating Into The Back?

The pain starts in the upper middle of the abdomen and radiates to the back Like a band of extreme, severe pain. Cold sweats, weakness, cannot get up and continues for hours and hours. No vomiting yet nauseous and no diarreha.  Seems to set off with eating solid foods.

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Cort, Health Guide
4/19/11 11:07pm

These kind of severe symptoms really do call for a doctor visit. One website states that upper abdominal pain accompanied by pain radiating in the jaw or neck calls for an immediate doctors visit. They also include having dark stools (signifies the presence of blood), shortness of breath and vomiting.


Pancreatitus, diverticulitis, GERD, even appendicitis are all options. Pancreatitus can cause severe pain and can be set off by eating solid foods.  Here are some typical symptoms of pancreatitus. Pain is usually the foremost symptom

  • The pain may come on suddenly or build up gradually. If the pain begins suddenly, it is typically very severe. If the pain builds up gradually, it starts out mild but may become severe.

  • The pain is usually centered in the upper middle or upper left part of the belly (abdomen). The pain is often described as if it radiates from the front of the abdomen through to the back.

  • The pain often begins or worsens after eating.

  • The pain typically lasts a few days.

  • The pain may feel worse when a person lies flat on his or her back.
m.e., Community Member
5/ 4/11 8:19pm

Did you ever figure out what this was?  I am having very similar symptoms and am wondering what you found out.

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By RH, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/15/14, First Published: 04/19/11