Abdominal Pain Left Side

So what causes abdominal pain? Actually there can be several causes and it is important to consider what the other surrounding symptoms are.

Last Updated Oct 19, 2012.

There are a wide variety of causes for abdominal pain left side some of which are serious and some are not.

It is really important to consider what the other symptoms are that occur at the same time as the pain.

This will help to sort out the possible causes of this pain. So what else is going on? Some of the common causes for this pain are irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), kidney stone or kidney infection, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis or Chron’s Disease.

With so many possibilities for the cause of this pain what should you do if you have it? That depends on what else is going on and how long it has been going on. What parts of the body are on the left side and might cause this? Well there is the left kidney to begin with. There is the left ureter, the sigmoid colon, part of the descending large bowel, large blood vessels, muscles and ligaments and skin. This pain could be caused by any of these.

Let’s look closely at a few of these causes for abdominal pain left side. One of the most frightening causes of this pain could be bowel cancer. Because a large portion of the descending large bowel is on the left side of the body this could cause severe pain. With Bowel Cancer you would also expect weight loss, weakness, poor appetite and constipation.

See a doctor immediately with these symptoms. Another cause of this pain might be as simple as food poisoning and not be life threatening. Usually with food poisoning the pain begins within an hour of eating and you would be nauseous or vomiting as well. This will pass in 24 – 48 hours.

Lower abdominal pain left side might be a symptom of Chron’s Disease. This is an inflammatory bowel disease and it is chronic. It can affect the descending or sigmoid colon thus causing this pain. Chron’s Disease is very hard to diagnose as it mimics so many other causes of the same pain.

This is caused by an immune system breakdown that damages the intestinal tract permanently. This is a serious condition and should be treated as soon as possible.  Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is very similar but it is not destructive to the intestinal track as Chron’s is.

Pain in the left side of abdomen can also be caused by colon cancer and this can be a fatal condition. However in its early stages colon cancer does not have any pain associated with it. If a patient has this pain from diverticulitis this can be an early warning sign for colon cancer.

Where your pain is can be a determining factor in its diagnosis. Colon cancer and diverticulitis would have lower abdominal pain as well.  So it is important with abdominal pain to know where the pain is.

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