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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  • Chris

    There is no change in my bowel habit. Didn’t do anything really heavy week ago. It is a little tender when i touch it. I have noticed it doesn’t hurt as much when i move but if i laying down or sitting it starts to sting. And It doesn’t seem like it is moving Horizantal. It pretty much does a 180 from where the pain starts in the lower abadomin\lower stomch to the back side.

  • Jan Modric

    Chris,

    one possible cause is a pinched nerve in the thoracic spine (for example, due to spinal arthritis or bulging/herniated disc). Sharp, burning pain affected by body position is a common symptom. Diagnosis is confirmed by CT or MRI of the thoracic spine.

    Herpes zoster (shingles) sometimes starts with pain, and rash may appear only a week or two later.

  • marie

    Hello..I am 34 yrs old, female..For about a week now i have this nagging pain at my lower back, this has been going on for several years already, but the pain is bearable.I usually feel the pain in the mornings when I wake up, after getting up the pain usually goes away..Few months ago we brought this air mattress and for months I didn’t feel any pain in my lower back..We no longer have the air mattress, and somehow the pain at my lower back have worsened this past week..The pain usually goes through my left lower abdomen..This morning after waking up, I felt such unbearable pain, whenever I lift my left foot, the pain gets intense..Now sitting in the couch, I still feel the nagging pain at my lower back which I can feel at the lower spine..

    I remember this pain at my lower back started when I had my son nine years ago, before that i don’t have any pain.

  • Molly

    Aloha.
    I’m an eighteen year old girl, and for about a good month or so I’ve had these pains in my stomach and pelvic area, and along my back. For the most part they’ve stayed on the left side, but occasionally I’ll get a couple of pains on the right or center. I’ve gone to the doctor about two weeks ago, had some ultrasounds and whatnot, and they’ve told me that nothing was wrong with me. My mother thinks that I’m just stressing myself out and that its basically all in my head, but I don’t really think thats the case. Yeah, I’ve got an active imagination, but its not that active. During the day, the pains aren’t as prominent but at night when I’m winding down and getting ready for bed do they become more painful. I also burp frequently, usually in the mornings and evenings. I have been taking some Ibuprofen to help, though it doesn’t seem to do much.

  • Jan Modric

    marie,

    that matress sounds like a good (at least temporary) solution. Pain in the morning is probably from a pinched nerve in your lower thoracic and lumbar spine. Appropriate matress, avoiding lifting or carrying heavy objects and avoiding prolonged sitting can help.

  • Jan Modric

    Molly,

    Houg.
    Did excesive burping appear about at the same time as abdominal and back pains? Would you say are you bloated? Any change in bowel habits, any mucus in the stool? Have you travelled somewhere or eaten any suspicious food about a month ago? I’m speaking about intestinal parasites. Diagnosis is made by a stool test.

  • marie

    Hi. How is pinched nerve in the lower thoracic and lumbar spine treated? Thanks

  • Jan Modric

    marie,

    if hard or air matress or physiotherapy don’t help, treatment is with surgical decompression of the affected nerve roots. One or more operations might be required – it depends on how many nerves are pinched. Surgery often results in complete and permanent symptoms relief.

  • laila

    hi ,
    please i need help i’m vey confused , i have sharp pain in my left side exactllt under my left rib, and under my left breast under my left shoulder and radiate to my neck and under my left arm , plus i have abdominal pain and lower back pain ,the abdominal pain and lower back pain start exactelly after i give birth, i wanna mention that i’m constipated almost all the time and when i take any laxative the abdominal pain get worse unsuportable , i did abdominal sonographhy and the doc say it’s normal but i read in my result that the pancreas is obscured with bowel movement but the doc say it’s normal , i did mri for my back , sonography for the heart ther breast and all normal , i feel dizzy and have nausea but my doc doesn’t wanna listen she always ignore my complain, please if somebody tell me what’s going on , my life stoped i cannot work i canno’t take care of my baby my left side is hurting too much .
    i already see a gyn and did urine test every thing is normal , i’m hypothyroid. help please.

  • caroline07

    Hi i’m a 20 year old female that has been having pains in the lower part of my abdomen almost like right at my hip line. i’ve had ultrasounds done and blood work and everything comes back negative. i’ve had the pains for about 2 years but just yesterday the pain was so severe it brought tears to my eyes and had me doubling over it seems to feel better if i put pressure on it. do you have any ideas? they had told me that my ovaries and everything are normal. im worried

  • Jan Modric

    laila,

    first, it seems you need to solve the issue with constipation. It’s possible your large bowel is full of stool. So, ask a doctor, a gastroenterologist, what to do to solve this. If nothing helps, colon irrigation can be made. When this is solved, you will see if pain still persists. Without doing this, doctors might not take you seriously.

    Please, be sure to drink enough fluid, since it’s possible you are dehydrated. Are you geting treatment for low thyroxine? Have you checked your TSH and thyroxine levels recently? Hypothyroidism can cause constipation. Pains, even those in your shoulder, can arise from distended colon (full of stool) pressing upon the diaphragm.

  • Jan Modric

    caroline07,

    can you check this personal medical history questionnaire to see if you can tell more symptoms, when they started, your previous diseases,medications and eventual surgereries..?

  • sef

    For the past two weeks I’ve had diarrhea…not watery diarrhea but loose, but I have to go after each meal. I recently was on keflex for ten days due to a staph infection in a boil, and also on erythromycin for five days for a bad case of bronchitis. On top of that I have been battling several bugs…colds, fevers, and swine flu since February 1st.

    I am now experiencing pain on the left side between my hip bone and rib cage for the past two days. It’s not debilitating, but I’m a little nervous. I’m uncomfortable with medical things as they scare me a little.

    My dr. is testing me for C.defficile, so we’ll see how that goes.

    However, is there any possibility it is ovarian cancer? I just turned 21 and was previously quite healthy. My Mom has a history of ovarian cysts, but not cancer. Please let me know if you have a chance. Thanks for your help.

  • Vasima

    I have been getting really sharp pains on the left hand side of my stomach. this has been going on for 3 years now the pain comes and then dissapears and then comes and it happens all the time. i went to the doctors thy gave me a tube to put in my faeces and i seriously have no idea what is causing the pain … please can you tell me im getting really worried

  • mc

    Hi everyone,
    my father is a 50 and is having on going abdominal pain for quite a while now. He is also has trouble going to the washroom and has diverticulosis. He has been given colonoscopies and have not found anything else. He has also gone for stool sample, same results. He has a hernia, which he is going in for surgery in april. However the pain he has is not located in the same area as the hernia. Doctor has given him antibiotics, but the pain is still there. They have now decided to give him an ultrasound. Can anyone give an idea of what it could be?

    *He used to smoke, but has been smoke free for about 6 months. He is also more active and has been doing 30 mins of exercise a day(not over weight to start with)

  • mc

    He has been to the gastroenterologist and has done blood work as well.

  • laila

    thank you doc very much , i,m having in the end of this month appointement with gastrologist. for hypothyroid , i take levothyroxine 75 mcg every day almost one y now but still my antibodis are very high i have a follow up in april 1, i let you know about the result, i have one more question can intestine probleme make me dizzy thank you again.

  • Jan Modric

    sef,

    C. difficile was also my first thought. These bacteria often overgrow in the left part of the colon after antibiotic treatment. I recommend you to wait for results and then seek further, if necessary. If at any time an ovarian cancer will be suspected, ultrasound of abdomen and other appropriate tests should be done.

  • Jan Modric

    Vasima,

    are you male or female, how old are you? Does pain completely disappear between attacks and in what intervals does it occur? For how long does pain persist? When you have pain, is the affected part of the abdomen tender to touch? Is pain affected by body position? Have you already had any investigations, like ultrasound of abdomen?

  • Jan Modric

    mc,

    in which exact part of the abdomen he feels the pain? Is the affected area tender to touch? Is pain relieved after bowel movement?

  • Jan Modric

    laila,

    I’m not a doctor. By “dizzy” do you mean a feeling, like before you faint? If so, it could be from dehydration. Sufficient intake of fluid (water preferably) is important. But many other causes exist, a common one is anemia due to iron deficiency. Mention this to your doctor and he might decide to order appropriate tests.

  • mc

    Jan,
    He says he feels pain in the central region, not really specific to one side or the other. He says when he applies pressure to the area he can pin point the spot where it hurts. I don’t think it really goes away after bowl movement since he complains about it constantly.

  • Jan Modric

    mc,

    if he can pinpoint the spot, and the pain is obvious, it could be a stretched muscle in the abdominal wall, or another hernia (umbillical hernia) not yet recognized.

  • Vasima

    im female im 17 well the pain comes abd goes so in a month it happens atleast 3 times .. its major the pain nd wen ther is no pain then its ok i can bare it its minor first i had a feeling that i have stomach cancer but i dont it hurts alot even if i gently push against to where it hurts it hurts when im sleeping mostly, when im walking its ok and when im just sitting in one place it hurts alot then too, no i have not had any investigations doctor has said if the results come out as positive then they will put me on antibiotics they say i may have an ulcer in my stomach if the tablets dont work then can the ulcer spread this doesnt include having an operation?? because im really scared

  • kassie poo is worried

    so my friend… boatright…. has really bad lower left side pains…. wat do i do

  • Jan Modric

    Vasima,

    where is the pain – above or below the belly button? When the pain appears for how long does it last? Any nausea, change in bowel habit?

  • Jan Modric

    kassie,

    is your friend male or female and of what age?

  • Dawn

    Jan,
    Back on January 15 I went to hospital because I was having shortness of breath for a few weeks and feeling tired. They said it was probably bronchitis and gave me zithromax zpak (5 day) I was fine until 4th dose. Tongue started burning, felt anxious no appetite. Didn’t take last dose. Had no appetite for 3 weeks but made myself eat. Rash occured on my back not real itchy looks like pimples. Have been getting hives within the past 3 weeks on my neck and face after I shampoo my hair. Have odd feeling in abdomen under both rib cage like something swollen also on each of my sides. Not a pain, just a discomfort. Bowel movements have not been the same, are loose and thinner then normal with some diarreah and some mucus. Have lost 22 pounds since Jan. 15. Have colonoscopy and endo scheduled for April 6th. Any ideas? My GP is acting like I’m a hypocondriac!!

  • Dawn

    Also……..all blood test and stool came back normal. January Ana test came back positive, March Ana came back negative

  • Vasima

    above the belly button .. it lasts for a couple of hours and then disapperas nd then comes again its very saddening :-( hmm no

  • Jan Modric

    Dawn,

    before you went to hospital and started with zithromax, have you had any abdominal symptoms? Were you coughing? One possibility is you have developed an allergy to zythromax, and this amde you sensitive for something other, like shampoo. So, I recommend you to visit an allergologist – take both zythromax and that exact shampoo you think caused hives with you.

    Intestinal parasites are another possibility. Stool test for parasites can confirm diagnosis.
    Next: sometimes, after antibiotics, an antibiotic associated diarrhea due to overgrowth of Clostridium difficile bacterium can develop. Diagnosis is made by a stool test for Cl-diff toxin.

  • Jan Modric

    Vasima,

    causes of sharp pain in the upper left abdomen, lasting for few hours and going away can be due to:
    – urinary stones (in the left kidney or ureter) or other causes of blockage of the urine flow. An ultrasound of the abdomen and urine tests can confirm stones.
    – trapped gas in the colon. In this case a low-FODMAP diet trial (few days) would maybe help
    – endometriosis
    – polyps in the colon

    If you mention these posibilities to your doctor, he/she should know what investigations to order to make a diagnosis.

  • Dawn

    Hi again,
    Before hospital, yes has some discomfort under ribcage area and sides but I can move to different position and it will feel better. I had no cough. He has done stool tests and they came back negative (for the CI-diff also.) Regarding the shampoo, have tried a few different ones and it still happens. All these things happened (except the bowel problem which continues) started 3 weeks after stopping this medication. It has now been almost 3 months and still having these.

  • Vasima

    Thank you and i will let my doctor know :)

  • Jan Modric

    Dawn,

    except shortness of breath, can you recall any other “respiratory” symptom that make you to go to the hospital? Runny nose, itchy throat, fever? Were you bloated at that time. Have you any chronic disease of any kind?

    Shortness of breath may be one symptom in allergy – of any kind – food allergy, allergy to certain shampoo ingredient…

  • kayce

    iam 22 female,i have this frequent pain in my abdomen,after which my stomach swells,becomes hard with pain,my stomach feels like it is going to burst and after like 10-15mins,i release gas from my anus.i have also noticed my frequent urinating…hav seen a doctor but am told noting is wrong,can u pls explain this symptoms.cos i dont seem to hold food for long,even after love makin i pass gas or use the toilet…[urin or feces

  • Jan Modric

    kayce,

    excessive gas can be produced from foods that contain a lot of soluble fiber, like beans or oats. Excessive gas can be a symptom of fructose malabsorption or lactose intolerance. Low-FODMAP diet trial, where you avoid fructose, HFCS, sorbitol and lactose, can help you reveal if you have these disorders.

    Frequent urination can be explained by the rectum full of gas pressing upon the bladder. If you also have burning urination this speaks for urinary infection.

    Abovementioned diets should help in few days. If not, I recommend you to see a doctor and ask for stool test for parasites.

  • kayce

    thanks so much,i do appreciate ,i will do a stool test,will let u know what it says,is that also responsible for the swelling of my stomach and the pain i feel…:)

  • Jan Modric

    kayce,

    gas collecing in the bowel can really distend the abdomen and make it hard and painful.

  • Autumn

    Hi, for the past month or so I have been having sharp pain on my lower left side and I cannot lay on my right side with out it sending a pain up my left side from lower stomach to breast or to under my armpit. I also have chest pains that come and go, but my doctor figured that had to do with the lack of me wearing a bra. He gave me pills for that and also pills for my Acid Reflux both seem to be getting better, also I wear a bra at most times even to sleep. My pains on left side outside breast have been better since my doctor gave me pills have gotten better. I now seem to be having pains on my right side torwards center chest right near breast and also I have been having pains in my lower back and sometimes my pains move from the left to also on my right side at same time. My bowel movements were off but since taking medicine and being able to eat again they have been normal. Sometimes these pains keep me from sleeping or wake me up from my sleep. I dont smoke or drink and my blood pressure is fine, but these pains seem to be getting worse. Does anyone have any suggestions to what might be wrong with me, by the way I am 19 and a little over weight, I also I am on the computer alot and seem to be always leaning forward. I have been moving around more as of late and eating better to lose weight, I just need to get these issues under control help would be apperciated.

  • Jan Modric

    Autumn,

    would you say your abdomen is distended? Tender? What was a change in bowel habit you’ve mentioned – constipation, loose stools, unusual color of the stool, excessive gas? I recommend you to remid your doctor to check your spleen and lymph nodes in your armpit and to order appropriate blood tests.

  • JC

    so i have had abdominal pain on my left side, and it has been there throughout the day. It is below my ribs. What could it be?

  • Jan Modric

    JC,

    is the pain there all the time, and is constant or cramping? Any bloating or excessive gas, nausea or other symptoms? When did the pain start?

  • Lizana

    I’ve been nauseous for about 2 weeks. My appetite has decreased. I’m having a dull pain just below my ribs on the left side that comes and goes no matter what I eat. Today I had nothing but flavored water and the pain and nausea is still there. I almost feel like there is a ball 2 to 3 inches startingunder the tip of my ribs.

  • Vivi

    Im 26, female. I have a regular diet, and weigh 127 lbs. I have had a pain in my lower left abdomen for approx 4 days. It is a dull pain, but constant. It hurts if I breathe in deep, and when I press on it. It feels as if I need to BM, but I have been regular, mostly. For the first 2 days I had diarrea that was yellow in color and mostly liquid. The pain is about 2 inches to the left of my belly button, and about 1 inch down. I am not pregnant, to my knowledge. Have not had sex in 2 mths, and have had 2 cycles in those mths. Took a pregnancy test 1 mth ago, and was negative. Please help :(

  • NiCKxG

    I have been experiencing sharp pains on my left side of my body right above my hip. It hurts to breathe in and out and the heavier i breathe the worse it hurts. It seems to happy the worse in the early morning hours and it hurts to move sometimes and keeps me awake. Please help me out with this, my mother thinks its a pulled muscle, but i beg to differ.

  • Jan Modric

    Lizana,

    with a ball you mean a lump? In this case I recommend you to visit a gastroenterologist.

  • Jan Modric

    Vivi?

    Any blood in the stool? Symptoms you’ve described can appear in food poisoning, which often heals on its own, but if symptoms won’t lessen in the next day I recommend you to visit a doctor.

  • Jan Modric

    NiCKxG,

    is the area tender to touch?

  • NiCKxG

    Yes, there is a certain place i touch and automatically get a sharp pain.