Pain in Lower Left Side

This pain might have different causes which may or may not require medical attention. It could be kidney stones or menstrual cramps.

Last Updated Jun 21, 2013.

So you have pain in lower left side and it is fairly intense. You wonder if you need to rush to an emergency room or just wait it out. What could cause such pain? There might be a myriad of reasons ranging from the mundane, menstrual cramps, to the serious such as ovarian cancer.

First let’s think about what is on the left side – organs like the kidneys, the spleen, the stomach, most of the pancreas, the descending colon, sigmoid colon and left side of the large intestines among others. For women there are also ovaries and fallopian tubes in this area. So an infection on or in any of these structures or organs could be very painful.

If not an infection what conditions or diseases could cause this? There are many different conditions and diseases to consider. They run the gamut between serious and those that can be taken care of fairly easily like ovarian cancer, ruptured or twisted ovarian cyst, kidney stones or kidney disease, Chron’s disease, IRB (irritable bowel syndrome), ulcerative colitis, colon cancer, diverticulitis, or a diseased gallbladder.

This pain in lower left side is very serious if it is caused by many of the diseases mentioned above but others mentioned there are not life threatening but rather chronic and debilitating. Which ones are life threatening and which are chronic? Let’s look at a few starting with the left kidney.

There are many things that could go wrong here including the extremely painful but not usually life threatening kidney stone. The pain from this condition can knock you over but it is simply a matter of passing the stone. Not so with most kidney disease. So check to be sure it is not your kidney causing your pain.

If you are a woman with pain on lower left side you will want to have the ovaries and fallopian tubes checked out. You might have an ectopic pregnancy and need to seek medical attention. POS is a fairly common hormonal disorder in which the ovaries become enlarged and contain small multiple cysts. Although POS is not fatal it can have some intense complications such as Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (POS) can be a very painful syndrome but it is not life threatening. Ovarian Cancer is. Ovarian cancer is extremely painful and extremely dangerous. In ovarian cancer there are also cysts present in the ovaries but they contain a toxic fluid and when they break they spread this carcinoid fluid throughout the body. Once this happens the woman is usually in stage 4 cancer and her life is threatened. You should not ignore pain on the lower left side.

Either gender can face Chron’s Disease and IRB which are chronic ongoing conditions that are not life threatening. They are both very debilitating. Both can put you in bed for days and both costs the economy hundreds of thousands of dollars in time off work.

Then there is the colon and the many reasons why there might be pain there. Ulcerative colitis, colon cancer and diverticulitis are all extremely serious potentially like threatening conditions.

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease and creates ulcers in the lining of the colon and rectum. Not only is it extremely painful it is very dangerous as it can be the cause of internal bleeding and if undetected is deadly.

Diverticulitis is similar only in the sense that it causes the same kind of pain and internal bleeding. The cause of this lower left side pain is very different. Neither though is as scary as colon cancer.

Cancer can be the result of untreated diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, diabetes or IRB. Most of the time colon cancer is fatal so it is very important not to let any of these conditions go untreated. Cancer occurs when the large intestine develops out of control growth of abnormal cells. Colon cancer kills when these abnormal cells spread throughout the body and lymphatic system.

The bottom line is that are there are so many of the body’s organs and systems located here that it is impossible to know without medical assistance where this pain is coming from and what is causing it. Facing the possible worse case of being told it is nothing serious, versus getting life saving medical equipment in a fast enough timeframe, which will you choose? Don’t play games with pain in lower left side. Your very life may depend on it.

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