Important facts about left side abdominal pain


Left side abdominal pain can be caused by a wide variety of problems, so it’s important to get it checked out by going to a doctor.  It’s also very important that you take note of any other symptoms you are feeling and relay them to the doctor, although with the information about the left side abdominal pain.  However, this kind of pain can be very scary until you know exactly what it is and find out how to treat it.


The majority of the causes of left side abdominal pain lie in the small or large intestines.  Irritable bowel syndrome is a very common problem that can cause left side pain.  Other symptoms include a gas, diarrhea, and constipation.  Cramps are also very common with irritable bowel syndrome.  There are also many bowel problems that are related to irritable bowel syndrome.  Ulcerative colitis and other forms of colitis also tend to cause bloody diarrhea, in addition to left side abdominal pain.  Another bowel problem that can cause left side abdominal pain is diverticulitis.  This is an inflammation of the small pouches on the inside wall of the intestines.  This problem is also very common, and it isn’t anything serious to worry about.  The one good thing about all of these bowel disorders is that they are very treatable with medication in most cases.


Another problem that can cause left side abdominal pain is a kidney infection.  One way to tell if the pain is caused by a kidney infection is if there is also pain in the back on the same side.  A kidney infection is basically a urinary tract infection that has travelled up the urinary tract from the bladder into the kidney.  Kidney stones can also form in patients who have kidney problems, and the stones can cause left side abdominal pain if they are in that particular kidney.  The good thing about kidney stones is that they can usually be passed in the urine, although this is often a very painful occurrence. 

The pancreas is also located on the left side of the abdomen, so it may also be possible that the organ is infected.  Other symptoms of pancreatitis include pain that radiates to the back, pain that feels worse after eating, nausea, and vomiting.  Pancreatitis is very common in people who are heavy drinkers and in patients who have other problems like cystic fibrosis or ulcers.  Pancreatitis usually requires hospitalization, medication, and IV fluids.


There are also some problems that may originate in the stomach and cause the left side of the abdomen to be especially painful.  Ulcers are basically small sores inside the stomach, and they can cause left side abdominal pain if they are on that particular side of the stomach. 


There are also many other causes of left side abdominal, so it’s important to have all of your symptoms evaluated by a physician.  You will likely have to have a number of tests to make sure you get the right diagnoses before treatment starts.