Your symptoms of pain and burning could be due to a few different underlying problems and it is important to discuss your concern with your doctor
. Pain in the right abdomen that classically occurs after large meals could be due to a problem related to the gallbladder. The gallbladder sits next to the liver in the right upper abdomen. Many people have small stones made of cholesterol and bile salts that form within the gallbladder, but only a few people with stones become symptomatic from them. Occasionally, small stones will transiently get stuck in the small duct that leads out of the gallbladder, causing significant pain that can sometimes radiate to the right shoulder. Often times, large fatty meals are the stimulus that contracts the gallbladder and leads to these stones getting stuck.
Pain that develops after eating could also signify a problem within the gastrointestinal tract. This could represent acid reflux, as suggested by your doctor. In acid reflux, the acid that is produced in the stomach may travel back up into the lower esophagus and cause irritation of the lining. This can be very painful, and tends to be triggered by the ingestion of spicy foods, alcohol, and acidic foods. Pain after eating could also signify the presence of an underlying ulcer in the stomach or small intestine. The majority of ulcers develop due to the ingestion of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as Aleve, Motrin, Ibuprofen) or the presence of a bacterial infection called Helicobacter pylori.
You should talk with your doctor about these possibilities (and other causes of your symptoms) as you are still suffering from pain that is not fully resolved. Further work-up can be done with an ultrasound
of the gallbladder or trial of antacid medication in the case of reflux disease. If there is suspicion of an ulcer, referral to a gastroenterologist
can be made.