It could possibly be gallbladder issues though it usually presents as upper right sided pain that sometimes radiates to the back and its usually after fatty meals or maybe gerd. He could get a workup to check for issues. Ultrasound to check for gallstones, Hida scan to check for gallbladder function, colonoscopy to check for chrons, colitis, polyps cancer and endoscopy to check for gerd, gastritis ulcers etc.
I have this same pain and have recently been diagnosed with Biliary Dyskinesia (Gallbladder disease without stones - basically Gallbladder that doesnt function properly). This pain was induced when I had the HIDA Scan test and they injected the CCK - they said it could be similar acid reflux from backwash of bile from the gallbladder. However, this pain alone is not the main indicator of Gallbladder issues so could be something else.
The same thing happened to my husband constantly, we thought it only happened when he ate late at night, but eventually it started to happen more and more frequently.
It was his gallbladder.
You should look up alternatives to the removal of it first, because all doctors want to do is yank it out!
Best of luck!
Did your husband end up having his gallbladder removed? I have the doctor and surgeon telling me I need mine out, but I am having a hard time deciding. I am 25, healthy/in-shape and have had only one gallbladder attack a few weeks ago (along with the daily digestive problems and the upper middle pain described above after eating for some time now).
Were you able to find alternatives to removal?