Pain on Left Side of Stomach

Stomach pain might cause many people to panic about its cause but that is really not necessary.

Last Updated Jun 22, 2013.

So what is causing this pain on left side of stomach? Let’s explore some of the reasons.

Some of the causes of this pain can also cause lower abdominal pain as well, so if you have both these may be causes.

For one thing a stomach ulcer can cause pain on either side of the stomach or radiate throughout the entire abdominal area.  A stomach ulcer is not life threatening unless it becomes a bleeding ulcer and then can cause hemorrhaging.

A stomach ulcer will cause pain throughout the area and does require medical attention. This is something that can be cured so see a doctor.

Another prevalent cause of pain in left side of stomach is Viral Hepatitis. Now many people are really scared off when they hear the word Hepatitis and it can be a very serious condition sometimes life threatening. It can be chronic or acute. It can be any of the five types of hepatitis namely, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis D and Hepatitis E.

There are other viruses as well that can cause hepatitis. Regardless of its cause viral hepatitis can damage the liver and even cause death in its acute form.

Other reasons for this pain might be an obstruction, diverticulitis, or pelvic inflammatory disease. Pelvic inflammatory disease causes a really dull pain that just won’t quit. This occurs only in women of course. Some folks have pain in the middle of the stomach as well as on the left side.

A fever may accompany this stomach pain left side. This can be serious if it leads to complications. Again see a doctor for this kind of pain to avoid those complications.

Another reason for pain is ulcerative colitis. This is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and a disease of the colon even though it is often manifested in this stomach pain. The simple meaning of colitis is inflammation of the colon. Ulcerative colitis then is an inflammation of the colon that has ulcers (open sores) upon it.

In addition to the pain the most common symptom is bloody loose stools.  This is usually an autoimmune disease and can be treated with NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) or immunosuppressant drugs or even the new biologics. Occasionally it is necessary to remove part of the colon if the disease is that bad.

So there are many causes for this pain. If you are experiencing pain on left side of stomach you need to take it seriously.  It might be something as minor as a muscle pull or as serious as a stomach tumor or many a form or cancer.

No matter what it is it is not something to be ignored. See your physician as soon as possible and be able to tell them as much as possible about how this pain actually feels.

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