Back pain after eating might be a little unusual but not unheard of. Several reasons ranging from poor posture to cancer can be causing this. Although back pain after eating is presumed to be related to a digestive problem, it is important to look at all of one’s symptoms and possible triggers that are causing the pain.

Here’s a list of possible reasons why you are experiencing back pain after eating:

1. Poor Posture

The most common cause of back pain can be poor posture. When you sit hunched over your food during a meal, you might end up feeling sore in your back after eating. It can be similar to a bad posture you maintain while being hunched over your computer.

2. Allergies or Food Intolerances

Back pain after eating could be a sign of allergy or intolerance to foods including peanuts, sugar, dairy, gluten or alcohol. Spicy foods that cause heartburn can also aggravate back pain.

3. Ulcer and heartburn

Back pain after eating could be a sign of digestive distress alongside other symptoms including diarrhea or vomiting. A peptic ulcer, which is a sore in the stomach or small intestines, can cause referred pain in one’s back.

4. Heart attack

Women are more likely than men to suffer from back pain or neck pain after eating during a heart attack. Seek immediate medical help if you’re also experiencing chest pain, nausea, pain in the neck, jaw or arm, excessive sweating and feeling lightheaded.

5. Kidney Infection

Since your kidneys are located near the muscles in the mid-to-lower part of your back, you might experience back pain if you are suffering from a kidney infection. Watch out for other symptoms including burning sensation while urinating, frequent urination and abdominal pain.

6. Pancreatitis

The pancreas is an organ that aids in digestion and blood sugar regulation. Inflammation of the pancreas can lead to back pain or abdominal pain that gets worse after eating. Watch out for other signs including nausea, vomiting, fast pulse, and fever.

7. Gallstones

The pear-shaped organ called gallbladder which is located below the liver stores and releases bile enzyme which aids fat digestion. It gets inflamed, particularly if hard deposits called gallstones develop. And, if you consume fatty foods, it can trigger a gallbladder attack which could cause back pain. Other symptoms of a gallbladder attack include nausea and severe abdominal pain.

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