Here are the possible problems why you experience left side abdominal pain
The left side abdominal pain that you are experiencing might be a result of these possible health problems.
According to Rosario Ligresti, MD, a gastroenterologist at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, New Jersey, abdominal pain is a common symptom that leads to millions of outpatient visits.
She added that when the pain came on suddenly and is so severe, and this might push you to go to the emergency room, the doctor may run specialized diagnostic x-ray tests, including a CT scan. However, emergency surgery to correct may be done if you have serious conditions such as ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm, an aortic tear, perforated or twisted bowel, and low blood flow conditions to the bowel (ischemia), according to the article from The Healthy.
The doctor will also make sure the exact location where you feel the pain. Pain on the upper left of the abdomen could be stomach or kidney causes like indigestion, gas, reflux, gastritis, ulcers, and kidney stones, Dr. Ligresti explained. On the other hand, if you feel the pain on the left lower abdomen, this could be colon conditions (diverticulitis and colitis), gynecologic causes (ovarian cysts or endometriosis), or testicular conditions. In addition to pain, the doctor will look for fever, bloody stools, persistent nausea and vomiting, weight loss, or change in urination. The doctor will also determine if the pain is associated with numbness, burning, tingling or itching of the skin, or if there are any skin rashes (especially blisters) over the area.
Here are the possible reasons why you feel the left side abdominal pain:
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Ovarian cysts
- Kidney stones
- Pulled or strained abdominal muscle
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Intestinal obstruction