Causes of Left Side Abdominal (Stomach) Pain

Finding the Cause of Abdominal Pain

Left side abdominal pain may arise from the internal organs of the gastrointestinal and urinary tract, chest, pelvic cavity, abdominal wall muscles, bones (ribs, spine, pelvis), vessels, nerves or skin. The presence of other signs and symptoms are an important indication of possible causes of left sided abdominal pain and factors that exacerbate or ease the pain are a vital clue to the underlying condition.

If the pain is of a sudden onset, unbearable and associated with a high fever, dizziness, confusion or a loss of consciousness, immediate medical attention needs to be sought. Take note of whether the pain is related to eating, sleeping, bowel movements, flatulence (passing gas), movement or menstrual cycle in females.

The list of causes of  left side abdominal pain are listed below are arranged in order from the upper abdomen (above the navel) to lower abdomen (below the navel). It is intended to serve as a guide but ultimately a diagnosis by a medical professional is necessary so that the appropriate treatment can be commenced as soon as possible. An abdominal ultrasound, x-ray, CT scan or MRI are often necessary for a definitive diagnosis, along with specialized investigations like a flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy or double contrast barium enema for gastrointestinal conditions.

UPPER Left Abdominal Pain

Upper left abdominal pain is most often due to a condition afflicting one or more organs or structure in the LUQ (left upper quadrant) of the abdomen. It may also be due to conditions in the thoracic cavity or lower left abdominal area that either refers or radiates to the LUQ. Causes of upper left abdominal pain include:

LARGE INTESTINE

Also known as the large bowel, it is responsible for the final stages of water absorption which leads to the formation of a solid stool from liquid intestinal chyme from the small intestine. It houses a number of species of colonic bacteria which are necessary for normal functioning but can be pathological if there is an overgrowth or pathogenic bacteria replace it. The large intestine includes the cecum (junction between small and large intestine), colon, rectum and anus. Conditions of the large intestine that may cause left side abdominal pain includes :

  • Constipation
  • Volvulus – twisting of the transverse colon around its axis (rare)

ABDOMINAL MUSCLES

The abdominal muscles includes several types of muscles that make up the abdominal wall. It protects the abdominal organs which lacks a skeletal shield like the chest cavity and also plays various roles in movement of the legs and thorax. These muscle also stabilize the trunk during standing, walking and running and are prone to injury. Muscular conditions that may cause abdominal pain includes :

  • Muscle strain
  • Abdominal hernia
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Blow, blunt force trauma
  • Rectus sheath hematoma
  • Abscess in psoas muscle

PANCREAS

The pancreas is a large multipurpose gland which has exocrine functions that affects digestion and endocrine functions which control metabolism. It empties its digestive enzymes (exocrine component) into the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine, along with bile released by the gallbladder. Without these enzymes, the process of digestion is severely hampered. Pancreatic conditions that may cause left side abdominal pain include :

SPLEEN

The spleen is the largest lymph node in the body responsible for filtering blood and removing cellular debris and foreign microorganisms. Although the spleen can be removed without hampering life, it nevertheless plays several important roles in the body. Splenic conditions that may cause left side abdominal pain includes :

  • Splenic infarct
  • Ruptured spleen, often in car accidents
  • Enlarged spleen (splenomegaly) only in cases of massive splenomegaly.

KIDNEYS/URETER

The kidney is responsible for filtering the blood, removing wastes and passing it out in the urine while conserving essential electrolytes and water. It also plays other important roles in regulating several functions in the body that are not associated with urine, like stimulating the production of red blood cells. The kidney is located in the upper part of the abdomen and shielded by the ribcage. Urine from the kidney leads to the bladder via the ureter. Conditions affecting the kidney and/or ureter that may result in left side abdominal pain include :

  • Pyelonephritis – infection of the kidney
  • Glomerulonephritis (kidney inflammation), kidney cyst or tumor
  • Urinary stones

LEFT ADRENAL GLAND

The adrenal gland, also known as the suprarenal gland, is located on the top of the kidney. It has two distinct layers, the medulla and cortex, which secrete various hormones that play important roles in the body.

  • Adrenal adenoma (benign tumor)
  • Adrenal carcinoma also known as adrenocortical carcinoma. (malignant tumor)

LUNGS

The lungs are responsible for gas exchange between the air and blood stream. Although not often considered in abdominal pain, diseases affecting the base of the lung may affect the pleura lining around the lung) and diaphragm (main muscle of respiration) that can lead to pain. The lung itself cannot feel pain unless the surrounding structures are affected. Some conditions of the lung that may cause abdominal pain includes :

  • Pneumonia – usually bacterial or viral
  • Pleuritis – inflammation of the lung membrane
  • Pulmonary embolism – blood clots in the lungs

HEART

The heart is the muscular pump that circulates blood throughout the body. It is situated in the mediastinum, the centrally located cavity between the lungs and is in close proximity to the upper middle abdominal area. It often causes referred pain to the upper abdomen when diseased.

  • Heart attack
  • Angina pectoris – pain behind the breastbone in heart or coronary arteries disease
  • Pericarditis, mycocarditis or endocarditis

Heart diseases are often considered as medical emergencies as the condition can be life-threatening. It should always be suspected when accompanied by symptoms such as pain to the left jaw or arm with dizziness and/or fainting.

DIAPHRAGM

The diaphragm is the largest muscle of respiration and separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity. During inspiration it pushes the abdominal contents downwards as the chest cavity expands. On the left side, the most prominent feature is the diaphragmatic opening which allows the esophagus (gullet) to pass to connect with the stomach.

  • Abscess – collection of pus below diaphragm

STOMACH

The stomach is the hollow sac that lies between the end of the esophagus and the first part of the small intestine known as the duodenum. It is prone to various diseases often associated with the corrosive gastric acid that it produces and holds. Some conditions of the stomach that may be responsible for left sided abdominal pain includes :

  • Gastritis
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Stomach cancer
  • Stomach polyps – pain is more likely in large masses.

OTHER

LOWER Left Abdominal Pain

Lower left abdominal pain may be due to the organs or structures located in the LLQ (lower left quadrant) of the abdomen. As with upper abdominal pain, the pain may be referred or radiated from other sites. Due to the continuity of the many structures, particularly the gastrointestinal tract, urinary tract and large blood vessels (aorta or inferior vena cava).  The pelvic structures, particularly the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus, are common causes of lower left abdominal pain in women.

COLON

The colon is the largest part of the left intestine as described above.

  • Constipation
  • Trapped gas in the colon is more likely to occur in the left part of the transverse colon (splenic flexure syndrome).
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is functional disorder particularly of the large intestine characterized by disturbances in bowel habit and intestinal cramps, hence the alternative name spastic colon.
  • Diverticulitis – inflammation of the last part of the colon (sigmoid colon).
  • Diverticulosis - non-inflamed pouches in the colonic wall
  • Clostridium difficile infection after antibiotic treatment
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
  • Ischemic or microscopic colitis
  • Colorectal polyps, or cancer
  • Volvulus of sigmoid colon

APPENDIX

This is an outpouching of the large intestine which may become obstructed, infected and severely inflamed. Appendicitis usually causes right lower but sometimes left lower abdominal pain.

FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS

Various gynecological disorders are a  common cause of lower left abdominal pain in women particularly when associated with ovulation and menstruation (periods). Pregnancy may also account for pain due to the expanding uterus and uterine contractions seen in an otherwise healthy pregnancy.

  • Ovulation (mid-cycle pain, Mittleschmerz)
  • Gonorrhea
  • Twisted or ruptured ovarian cyst
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • Endometriosis (inflammation of the endometrium)
  • Miscarriage
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome – PCOS
  • Fibroids

MALE REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS

Pain rarely occurs solely in the left lower abdominal area without pain, swelling or visible lesions in the pelvic area or on the genitalia.

  • Spermatic cord disorders
  • Testes disorders
  • Gonorrhea

ABDOMINAL MEMBRANE (PERITONEUM)

The peritoneum is the membrane that surrounds various abdominal organs, particularly those of the gastrointestinal tract, and encloses it within its own peritoneal cavity in the abdomen. Peritoneal fluid helps to lubricate the organs that are in constant contact with each other.

  • Peritonitis
  • Ascites

ABDOMINAL BLOOD VESSELS

The abdominal blood vessels include the abdominal portion of two of the largest blood vessels in the body – aorta (artery) and inferior vena cava (vein) – that carries blood to and from the heart. It is prone to a number of disorders and diseases which may also include its various branches and tributaries.

  • Aneurysm of abdominal aorta
  • Atherosclerosis or embolism of mesenteric arteries
  • Hereditary angioedema
  • Henoch-Schönlein-purpura

BLOOD

  • Porphyria
  • Sickle Cell Disease

SKIN

Most skin diseases are associated with itching but pain can occur with the following conditions :

  • Herpes zoster (shingles)
  • Dermatitis exacerbated by an infection, abscess formation or tears in the skin.

OTHER

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  • Ahriya

    12/27/10

    Dear Jan, This is Ahriya (the 15 year old)once again. It seems that things have been getting worse. So let me give you an overview of what’s happened since I’ve talked to you last. So I came to you in October and told you about the 3 weeks of lower abdomen pressure/discomfort. Then I told you about the lower left pains and the freqent urge to urinate.
    The positive side to this is that for the most part those symptoms have subsided.
    The worse part is that new symptoms have taken the place of them. So let me start describing them to you.

    Symptoms since November
    -I kept feeling this little weird sensation about 3 inches left to my belly button. It feels like a tugging or pulling sensation about the size of a quarter. Very bothersome. It doesnt hurt very bad, but it is just very annoying and it makes me worry. It hasnt happened lately but it happened multiple times throuought November.
    -I started having pain like somewhere by my tailbone or anus. It’s like a shooting pain. It comes and goes and it hurts fairly bad. I can’t tell whether it’s shooting from my anus to my rectum or if it’s just tailbone pains. It comes every couple days, and It can come if I’m just sitting there not moving, or it comes if I’m in the car and we go over a big bump.
    -This symptom is worse of all. I’ve been experiencing a sick, sluggish feeling. It came during the Thanksgivning holiday for about a week, then left. And now it’s Christmas holiday and I’ve been feeling just sick, sluggish, weak, and it feels like I have less energy. The best I can describe it is that when it comes, i feel semi-light headed and kinda sick to my stomach. My throat feels icky like when I have a stomach flu. BUT… the weird thing is I still get hungry and I can eat, but I just still have the same weird sickish feeling. I can still walk around and omit energy, but I don’t want to be active at all when I feel this. It’s a very scary thing.

    I think of all the things I could have and it just scares me. I still haven’t gone to the doctors, my dad is struggling to bring income in and I’m scared, Jan. I’m scared to get a disease this young. I see all my friends and they seem happy and healthy. Some times I wonder if it’s all psychological, but I’m sure it’s not. I hate feeling sick. Please help me. What does it sound like I have? Be honest. I really think I could have cancer with all this pain and tiredness and feeling ill.
    I’m just so scared. Thanks for your help. Thank you so much.

  • Jan Modric

    Ahriya,

    it’s not likely you will get an exact diagnosis or treatment recommendation on the internet.

    I’m not a doctor, but I have finished a medical faculty , so I can provide some educated explanation:

    First, I can’t exclude any disorder from here, also cannot confirm any. My first thought were intestinal parasites. The next thoughts were a Crohn’s disease (inflammatory bowel disease) and celiac disease. These disorders can all cause the whole range of symptoms from abdominal gurgling, frequent urination, lightheadedness and sluggishness. I can’t exclude food intolerances.

    Cancer does not sound very likely to me. Colorectal cancer is extremely rare under 40; symptoms in small intestinal lymphoma and other abdominal cancers would not likely come and go as in your case. Pain from ovarian cancer would be probably felt lower in the pelvis.

    I’m not aware of any safe and effective home remedies or over-the-counter medications to treat any of mentioned disorders.

    What you can do is:
    - Write down all your symptoms, details about stool, period in a time line in a concentrated factual manner and talk with your parents. Then you can decide together to call a doctor of a general practice about the cost of a physical examination, stool test for parasites, blood in the stool, and basic blood tests. The doctor can then decide if you need to see a specialist, such as gastroenterologist or gynecologist.

  • biju

    a pain at lower left abdomen when i was working and shivering inside my left abdomen what is the reason?

  • swapna

    Hi, I’m a pretty healthy person, who works out regularly. In the last 3 months, I had pain on the left side of the belly button. I had it only 3 times in the last 3 months. I had the pain in mid november the first time, after 10 days, I had it once again and the third time is today, Dec 29. It is usually in the upper left but sometimes starts on the lower left and passes to the upper left. It is usually restricted to about 2-3 inches above the belly button. This is where a fold appears on my tummy when I sit. It is also where my rib cage almost touches the belly button when I sit. The pain sometimes also passes to my back but just stays in the lower back. The pain is not constant but it is like a stab and decreases gradually, all in less than half a minute. I have to poop regularly on such days, almost everytime the pain hits. I noticed that it is usually on days when I had a large stool in the morning and my stomach feels almost empty and the pain starts almost 4-5 hr after that. I’m usually fine after I sleep and it is completely gone the next day. My diet is usually rice and beans, lentils, vegetables and yogurt. I would appreciate if you can tell the reason for the pain.
    Also, I’m taking Trichoton and Xerge for Vitamin supplements which are rich in Vitamin C.

  • Jan Modric

    biju,

    I can’t comment that from so little information you’ve given.

  • Jan Modric

    swapna,

    two reasons of such a pain I can think of are cramps in the ureter, for example due to urinary stones, or cramps in the colon, either from constipation, irritation by certain foods, or partial bowel obstruction, which could be caused by a polyp, for example. Neurological causes are less likely, but I can’t exclude them. If the pain occurs again, you can visit your primary doctor, who can, after examination, decide if you need to see a specialist and which one.

  • James

    I am 51 yrs young and having this sudden momentary pinching episode in my chest that goes away with sleep not just rest. I have CERD and Premature ventricular contraction. I also have a 1in bleb at the top of my right lung and .25in on my left. I have had my appendix and gall bladder taken out. I really hope you can guide me to finding the cause of this sudden episodes.

  • Karen

    I am a 52yo female. I’ve been having pain in my lower left abdomen for ~2 weeks. The pain is somewhat crampy, occasionally sharp, and varies in intensity for no apparent reason. The center moves from just below and inside my hip bone to just above and outside it. It is not affected by food nor bowel movement.

    Discomfort has woken me at night on 2 occasions — in these instances, the pain was accompanied by what seemed to be heartburn and mild nausea. However, the time of being awoken was ~6 hours after my last meal.

    I’ve had an endometrial ablation (3 years ago) and an appendectomy (in my teens).

    No fever. Bowel movements are normal. I do not take any medicines. Exercise regularly, eat well, normal weight.

    Any ideas? I am at a loss.

  • Jan Modric

    James,

    sometimes connections (adhesions) made of fibrous tissue related to the blebs can develop between the inner and outer lung membrane. When these connections are stretched or broken, they may cause pinching pains in the related parts of the chest – in the front, back or side. Pains arising from the heart usually occur in the center of the chest, behind the breastbone and can radiate into the left arm. From your description I can’t say is it more likely that pains come from lungs or heart or even chest wall muscles. If pains increase in frequency or intensity or they affect your life or are a new symptom you can speak about this with your doctor.

  • Jan Modric

    Karen,

    what you’ve described, sounds like gastrointestinal symptoms to me. I really can’t pinpoint the cause, but a partial colon obstruction (might have something with endometriosis or adhesions) would be possible. I strongly recommend you to visit a gastroenterologist.

  • Teresa

    I was told after having an cat-scan that I was constipated on Christmas day & had an yeast infection(urine sample). Every time I eat my stomach start to hurt and pain in left side. The ER doctor gave me miralax and diflucan. I am still having pain. I can’t eat nor drink water without any pain.

  • beeincharge

    I am a 33 year old female with left side pain. Sometimes the pain is a spasm, sometimes a sharp stitch or shooting pain, sometimes a dull ache more towards the back over my left kidney. Blood tests do not show infection and show normal kidney function, urine tests normal, renal and abdominal ultrasounds were normal. I have seen 3 GI specialists, none think the issue is GI, and have not ordered any GI tests, although the pain really feels like it’s coming from left descending colon, but according to the doctors I have seen, doesn’t fit the pattern for a colon issue. Variety of foods, caffeine, doesn’t seem to make a difference. Bowel habits are same as usual. I had a t-spine MRI recently, after the pain began, it showed a schmorl node at T-9 and T-9. My GI identified a knot in my back at T-10, and was not aware that I had undergone an MRI. The pain wraps laterally over my left kidney and around into my left side at this same level. When it hurts, which is about 75% of each day, it doesn’t feel like muscle pain. All of my doctors have given up on me and don’t have answers. They say MSK pain and that it stems from my spine and the muscles attached to my spine. What I find strange is that my spine doesn’t hurt at all, neither do the muscles attached to the spine. The pain is more deep inside, like an organ, and mostly directly in my side. It came on very acutely about 8 weeks ago. I had not been doing any physical activity in the days prior. To make matters more puzzling, the exact identical thing happened in my right side 18 months ago, same position, T-9 – T-10, same pains, but in the right side, not muscular, seemed like internal pain. At that time I had an abdominal MRI, 2 CT scans, HIDA scan and a colonoscopy. None of the tests revealed anything. It took 18 months to heal, within a few weeks of it being gone, it started in the left side. What is this????? Doctors are throwing painkillers at me because they don’t know what else to do. Is it possible to have muscle pain that feels like organ pain? Also I have neurological issues that are still under investigation, so some doctors have theorized it being a nerve issue, or a “brain sending false signals” issue. The pain in my side is so sharp and debilitating, and everyone is stumped. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

  • beeincharge

    I almost think, after looking at a diagram, that the pain would be coming from lower than T-10 if my spine was involved, I’m thinking maybe L-1 region. My lumbar spine has not been scanned via MRI. Again, no spine pain though, just in the side. Muscle pain would lead me to believe I would feel it when bending, but I don’t, however, I do feel it when I sit or lay down, when the area is compressed. Also, the pain had started to lessen before Christmas, but then I caught a cold and spent a week sneezing and blowing my nose, then the pain started to come back. It came on strong after shivering also. I don’t understand why the pain seems to be part but not all muscular related, part but not all nerve related, and part but not all organ related.

  • kimberly T

    i am a 24 yr old female. stopped taking my birth control pills about 3 weeks ago, due to i am going for surgery in february to get my tubes cut. stopped taking my pills just to see if i would get pregnant or not before my surgery. i am still undecided if i want to go through with the surgery or not. i had my period the 3rd week of december, normal 4 days. not too heavy or light. go through 1 pad a day. i started getting a pain on my left side by my hip bone. wasnt too bad, hurt more when i went to the bathroom. bowel movements and urinating were normal till i started getting the pain. then i had pressure kind of when having a bowel movement and was constipated, pee was kinda hot. took advil the first day. second day didnt notice the pain at all but same symptoms when going to the bathroom. the third day the pain came back. symptoms the same. had sex with my bf later that night. afterwards had pain in my lower abdomen all over. lasted about 15 minutes. thought it to just be cramps. pain never came back. then the next day around dinner time, i went pee and noticed blood when wiping. lasted 3 days, was very light but enough to wear a pad. was brownish first day, then red. the third day was heavier. thought it to be too early to have my period, but i had stopped taking my birth control pills after 2 years and i cant remember how my periods went before. never went to the doctors through all of this. was looking online, says it could be miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, hemerrhoids. any ideas on what could have caused the pain? very rarely do i get cramps or pain before my period.could the bleeding just be early menstruation due to stopping birth control?

  • kimberly T

    sorry forgot to put when i started getting the pain. it was about 2 weeks after my period.

  • tabby

    when i bend to the right.. i have a sharp fast pain like someone just stabbed me but it goes away when i stand up in like 1 second. i am worried because i am only 13.. what can this be?

  • momof2

    I have been having pretty severe pain on and off the past several months. Under my left ribs closer to the middle near the breast plates. It is a very sharp pain that will last for several minutes sometimes a couple of days a part and other times a couple of times a day. The spot is also very tender to the touch. I haven’t noticed it changing with the foods I am eating. My bowel movements have been off this week. Very constipated. I drink water all day long and have even eaten a fiber bar the past three days. My appendix has already been removed and I had a hysterectomy in June so I began taking hormone replacements then. I have read things that said this increases chance of Gall Bladder Disease, but I thought the gall bladder was on the right side. I am 30 years old and other than my past female issues always been in good health. Thank you.

  • Dr. Chris

    Hi Teresa

    You should have followed up with your regular family doctor after the ER visit so further investigation and assessment could have been done. You should return to the ER if the pain is very severe. Try to see a doctor as soon as possible.

  • Dr. Chris

    Hi Beeincharge

    It is possible for the intervertebral muscles to be affected without feeling pain on the spine itself. We cannot answer your questions conclusively as only your doctor(s) are familiar with the your case history and the result of the investigations. From your report, it appears to be quite a complex case and considering that the various specialists are “baffled” by what is going on, we could not offer any advice beyond this.

    It is possible that the lumbar spine is also affected and therefore an MRI should be considered. At this point you should be seeing a neurologist if you have not already done so. The lack of clarity about the “neurological issues” makes it difficult to comment further and this is why it is essential for you to communicate with your family doctor although various medical specialists are also working on this case.

  • LT

    I’am 26 years old with painfull gallstones,the last 2months I have had pain on the lower and upper right side of my abdomen,and sometimes on my mid right side,I’ve also been consipated ever since I’ve been diagnosed with gallstones,and I have alot of gas.I have in my liver area,could someone please tell me what they think,or could I have colon cancer,cause why do I have this pains in my gut,dont have to take painkillers for it but it hurts.

  • Dr. Chris

    Hi LT

    This is not an unusual presentation of gallstones. There is no need to assume colon cancer at this stage. The painkillers are only going to offer symptomatic relief and often cause or exacerbate your constipation. Gallstones are a VERY painful condition and has secondary effects on all parts of the gut. Speak to your doctor about gallstone and often gallbladder removal.

    You can read more on Symptoms of Gallstones and Gallstones Treatment.

  • Dr. Chris

    Hi Kimberly T

    There is a host of possibilities that could be the cause of the pain. It is difficult to say and you need to see your doctor. Remember that when you stop the pill, the bleed that follows is not a “true” period in that you may not be ovulating. Instead the sudden change in hormone levels triggers the process which is often out of the norm for your cycle (prior to starting the pill). A miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy and so on are all a possibility. So is an infection of the vagina and/or urinary tract. Your doctor will need to be examined by a doctor who can diagnose the cause.

  • Dr. Chris

    Kimberly T,

    The pain may not be related to gynelogical causes and you therefore need to seek medical attention.

  • Dr. Chris

    Hi Tabby

    It is difficult to say. This could be due to muscle strain or nerve compression but the abdomen has many structures/organs which may also be affected and causing this pain. You should speak to your parent about seeing a doctor.

  • Dr. Chris

    Hi Momof2

    Given your age and the use of HRT, cardiac conditions are also a possibility. You therefore need to see a doctor immediately and possibly undergo a stress ECG of other tests that your doctor deems necessary. Yes, it could be related to gallstones or inflammation of the gallbladder (known as cholecystitis) but excluding a cardiac cause is the first priority. You can read more about the gallbladder location in this article : http://www.healthhype.com/gallbladder-location-anatomy-parts-function-pictures.html. It does cause upper middle abdominal pain/ central chest pain as well. Your doctor will advise your further because there are a host of other causes to consider as well.

  • AnnaGirl

    im having a lower abdominal pain, sometimes on the left sometimes on the right side, i thought that it was only menstrual cramps, but even after a week of my period the pain comes and go specially when i want to urinate, but im not having a hard time to urinate. when i went to my doctor, i had urinalysis, everything was normal except that there was a trace of blood, i also having a lower back pain. they thought it was only a uti so they gave me bactrim for 3 days, i bought my own strip test and still the result is that there’s blood cells in my urine but it only shows on the strip test, my urine looks normal though, sometimes its cloudy. and also have a suspicious lump on my left foot.

  • AnnaGirl

    im 28 yo. i really hope its not that serious

  • Mohammed Wasim

    Hi i m mohammed wasim age 27.i have left lover side stomach pain some time normal some time more.I was make x-ray when i was in india i took medicine n every thing was fine.doctor suggest me to don’t play cricket.After feeling normal i started again.Doctor told me there is pain in my vain so nothing to worry just u stop playing cricket for some time.Now i m feeling little bid pain what can i do can some one help me out pls.

  • ramym

    i woke up from 4 days with a dull pain in my far lower left abdomen and it hurts a lot when i press there. i dont have other symtoms.
    but before that i had this pain before but not for 4 days maybe for a an hour or so.

  • Dr. Chris

    Hi Annagirl

    Your symptoms, including the cloudy urine, is characteristic of a UTI. I would advise that you go back to your doctor and not try to monitor the progress of the treatment with home test strips and so on. Even though you have had a course of antibiotics, it is possible that the infection is progressing and another course may be required. You may need to have a urine culture done at this point as well as additional tests like an IV pyelogram. Go back to your doctor and report your symptoms and he/she may refer you to a urologist at this point. While UTIs are fairly common in women, it can lead to very serious complications if it is not treated and managed properly. Your doctor will need to track your progress and take the necessary steps.

    You can read more in these articles :
    1.Cloudy Urine
    2. Hematuria (blood in urine)

  • jgnz721

    My symptoms started about a year ago or probably longer. My adventure begun about 6 months ago. I experienced major chest pain while I was at work so I was rushed to the hospital (1of5 trips). So of course once I got to the hospital the had a full run up (EKG, xrays, CT scan, ultrasound, holter monitor, blood work, threadmill) everything came back fine. I was released and asked to schedule a follow up with my primary dr. I decided to schedule my follow up with the Dr who saw me at the hospital. All the pain continued so during my follow up visit with my Dr I explained to him that nothing had tally changed and that my pain around my lower abdomen had gotten worse and was radiating to my back. He came up with the conclusion that I was under a lot of stress and anxiety and prescribed me some xanax and paxil along with prilosec for the heartburn that these medicines were going to create. Several more weeks passed and no improvement, so my wife and I searched for a GI Dr because my abdomen pain had become constant with no relief. He scheduled a upper endoscopy, he discovered a very minor haital hernia and some minor errosion. He also took several samples around my abdomen to have biopsys. I have had several other visits with him and have yet to find out what’s going on with my belly, my symptoms are chronic left side abdominal pain that radiates to my back around my rib cage, spasms around that area, leg pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, sometimes headache, acid refux, stomach growling, chest pain left sife, and hear burn. I have had an ultrasound of my abdomen which didn’t show anything abnormal. This pain has me bedridden because it hurts really bad sometimes and all the drs I see are stumped. My chiropractor thinks I have a knot and displaced ribs, he also has mentioned costocondritis. My regular Dr and know my GI Dr believe its anxiety and depression due to the fact that they have no idea of what might be happening. I have tried other things on my own including colon cleanses changed my diet ( I have list 30 lbs since thanksgiving but haven’t been very active). I don’t have a big appetite. I also have trouble sleeping due to the anxiety this has brought me and I notice that my urine is always real dark first thing in the morning. My bm is always real inconsistent their is times with diareah and then I can go several days without one, I also sometimes get some real solid bm. My throat gets swollen sometimes and I’m just desperate for some answers I’m 36 male and for the most part I thought I was in good health. I have an appointment with my GI and would like some suggestions on what our next step should be. I have asked for a colonoscopy and he has suggested that We don’t do one due to the fact that the ultrasound didn’t show anything. He also has told me that I have had a lot of test done and everything came back fine. Oh I forgot to mention that I also scheduled an appointment with a neurologist and had an MRI of my brain and that came back normal. I don’t know what to do its destroying my life, haven’t been to work in months and I could see my wife staring to get frustrated because she is also starting to believe that is all in my head like all the other drs. Thanks in advance for reading this.

  • Dr. Chris

    Hi Mohammed

    Abdominal pain is non-specific feature and it is difficult to comment without knowing what the doctor previously diagnosed or at least what medication he gave you at the time. The fact that he asked to stop your sport may mean that it was related to the muscles, joints or nerves. You should go back to your doctor and speak to him or consult with another doctor in your area who will assess you again. Pain in the vein is a bit confusing. It could be vasculitis, a clot, narrowing of the artery and so many other possibilities. Your doctor will be in a better position to advise your further.

  • Dr. Chris

    Hi Ramyn

    Pain on its own without any symptoms is difficult to diagnose and you should see a doctor as soon as possible. 4 days is a bit long and now needs to be investigated. You can find some causes specific to that area in this article – http://www.healthhype.com/acute-and-chronic-left-lower-llq-abdominal-pain-diagnosis.html

  • Dr. Chris

    Hi Jgnz721

    It is difficulty and often frustrating to seek help from the medical fraternity only to be told that it may be anxiety. Similarly, it is impossible for a practitioner to diagnose any condition if all the tests come back normal. Many of your symptoms are indicative of anxiety and mood related disorders so it is not surprising that this diagnosis was reached. I would advise that you seek a second opinion from another gastroenterologist if you are not satisfied with the treatment thus far.

    Although many of your symptoms could be attributed to a host of conditions and is therefore non-specific, the very dark urine in the morning could be related to a condition known as paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria. However given the myriad of tests your have undergone, this condition should have been diagnosed at some point. Tests to verify the functioning of the pancreas and liver is also recommended if it has not been done as yet.

    It is important to note that a hiatal hernia can account for many of the abdominal symptoms you report. Surgery may be an option depending on the severity of the condition. Other than that it is difficult to comment much further. This online platform is only intended to guide readers but it is your doctor(s) who are in a better position to advise your further. Although it may not be anxiety, it is important to bear in mind that anxiety can account for almost every symptom you have reported except the dark urine in the morning. It may be wise to bear this in mind and seek psychiatric help should a second opinion yield no definitive results.

  • netra

    plz tell me my sisiter in la she appendix operation 5 year old &one side remove a overy then after 5 year the left side pain will started in left side side overy any problem in pregency plz hep suugesed

  • Dr. Chris

    Hi Netra

    Not too sure what you are asking but I think there is a concern about pregnancy. If the existing ovary is healthy and your sister is in good health then she should be able to fall pregnant. She should be speaking to a gynecologist and following up on a regular basis should she not fall pregnant after trying for 6 months.