I AM UNABLE TO EAT BLAND OR OTHER FOODS WITHOUT A STABBING PAIN IN MY UPPER LEFT BACK (BREAST LEVEL). THE PAIN RADIATES FROM UNDER THE LEFT BREAST THRU TO THE BACK. IT HAPPENS ALMOST IMMEDIATELY AFTER EATING. IT FEELS LIKE A KNIFE STABBING PAIN. I AM AFRAID TO EAT. I AM 44 YRS OLD, AND IN GOOD HEALTH. I COULD STAND TO LOSE A FEW POUNDS. I AM FEMALE. PLEASE ADVISE.
Pain radiating to the back may be suggestive of a peptic ulcer. Other causes would be inflammation of the lining of the esophagus, stomach or small intestine. To evaluate this an upper endoscopy or upper GI series can be considered.
I would also consider pancreatitis or gall bladder pain. This can be evaluated by liver function tests, a serum amylase and lipase test, and a gall bladder ultrasound.
I would discuss these tests with your personal physician.
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.
it could be many things, from an ulcer or esophageal problem to gallbladder problems, etc. It sounds like you need to see your doctor. It might well be that seeing a gastroenterologist would be needed, with upper endoscopy a likely recommendation (looking down your esophagus and stomach with a flexible scope.)
I had similar pains the other night- almost passed out it was so bad- felt like a knife from the middle of my chest to my back-
went to the ER- the doc suspected peptic ulcer-
they also thought it to be a possible stone stuck in a duct- (gallstone)
My ultrasound was negative for stones- so I have to follow up w/ my GI- I'm going to ask him to test me for Duodenal ulcers.
you should get an ultrasound for stones and/or an upper GI to see if you have an ulcer-
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