Pain in the upper right abdominal quadrant may indicate gastritis, a hiatal hernia or kidney stones, according to Mayo Clinic. There are many conditions that cause abdominal pain, and identifying the location of the pain helps narrow the diagnosis. Abdominal pain can be mild or severe and often results from gas, but it can result from an underlying chronic condition and should be diagnosed by a medical professional.
Kidney stones cause pain that comes and goes and spreads throughout the side, back and down to the lower abs and groin, as Mayo Clinic explains. People with kidney stones typically feel pain when urinating as well as a fever or chills if they have an infection. Urine can turn red, pink, brown or cloudy. It may have a foul odor, and the need to urinate may increase in frequency.
Symptoms of a hiatal hernia include sudden chest pain, heartburn, difficulty swallowing, vomiting and constipation, according to WebMD. Many people mistake the symptoms of a hiatal hernia for heartburn until they seek out treatment. Strangulated or obstructed hernias are emergency situations and require immediate medical attention.
Gastritis is a common condition that causes pain throughout the abdominals, and it can be an acute or chronic condition, according to WebMD. Its causes include the excessive consumption of alcohol or certain medication, such as aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs. It can also result from infection, bile reflux and bacteria, such as H. pylori. The symptoms of gastritis include nausea, bloating, indigestion, a burning or gnawing sensation in the stomach, and loss of appetite.