Friday, July 12, 2013

Left Side Abdominal Pain In Men And Women

Left side abdominal pain causes. Any pain that is felt predominantly to the left side of the abdomen is usually caused by the organs on the left side of the human body. However, some organs such as liver are so large that they can cause pain anywhere in the abdomen, depending on which part of the organ is affected.

Left side abdominal pain causes : 

  • Diverticulitis : Frequent left side abdominal pain is usually a sign of diverticulitis. There is not much discomfort besides the pain. However, instances of constipation and bowel movement irregularities point towards this condition. Diverticulitis generally occurs only in old age and it causes slow increase in the intensity of pain. 
  • Kidney Stone : People who know the pain of a kidney stone become instantly aware of it when it resurfaces. However, those who are having it for the first time may not be aware that the pain they are experiencing is the pain of a kidney stone. The pain is usually located to only one side of the abdomen ( either left or right ). The pain is felt in lower abdomen near the flanks ( that is extreme left side ). The pain travels down to the groin and into the inner upper thigh. Kidney stones can cause excruciating pain. 
  • Left side abdominal pain with predominant nausea and vomiting may indicate bowel or intestine obstruction in the left side. Any part of the intestine ( large or small ) can get obstructed due to volvulus or blockage of fecal matter. This condition is really painful and vomiting is foul smelling. 
  • Left side abdominal pain just under the ribs and which feels like a cramping sensation can be pain due to spleen. The spleen is small organ located in the left side of the body and it contains blood. Sometimes, it can get infected and increase in size, leading to pain. 
  • Constipation itself can cause pain and this is very common. When the stool is unable to pass from the body easily, it leads to pain and stiffness in the lowermost abdomen and the buttocks. 
  • Left side abdominal pain could be complication in pregnancy. Women who are pregnant and experience such pain should consult the doctor promptly. 
  • Hepatitis : This viral disease of the liver can cause dull continuous pain in the abdomen along with yellowing of the skin and whites of the eye. The skin may slowly take on a yellow tinge. Hepatitis is contagious so the person should take care that it does not spread to other people. 
  • Pain in the left side abdomen only could be because of a pulled muscle due to physical activity, sports or injury. 
Due to the basic differences between male and female organ systems, women are more prone to developing lower abdominal pain than men. In women, there could be many more causes of left side abdominal pain. 

One should also notice other symptoms if there is pain , like notice the color of the whites of the eyes, weight, nausea, vomiting, stool structure ( whether it is smooth or fatty ) etc. All these things help in diagnosis.