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Abdominal Pain in Left Side | Learn How to Get Rid of It



Are you experiencing abdominal pain in left side? Abdominal pain can be very discomforting and lead to experiencing a lot of pain in left side. The pain could even become extensive and lead to much worse medical complications. Here are ways you can relieve it and find natural relief from your abdominal pain.

First and Foremost we need to examine what causes this pains

What is Abdominal Pain in Left Side?

Abdominal pain in left side is a result of pain from the organs on the left side of your abdomen. When we draw an imaginary line cutting straight from your head through your belly button to the pelvic area but focus our attention on organs under your diaphragm. We then draw a line cutting horizontally from right to left thereby dividing the abdominal area into four main quadrants.

English: image showing contents of LLQ which a...

English: image showing contents of LLQ which are descending colon, sigmoid colon, left ovary and Fallopian tube or left ureter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The quadrants will be as follows;

  1. Upper Right Quadrant
  2. Lower Right Quadrant
  3. Upper Left Quadrant
  4. Lower Left Quadrant

In this article we will focus on the last two quadrants as they have the affected organs when talking of abdominal pains in left side. Left side abdominal pain affects the following organs which are located in the upper and lower left quadrants;

Left part of the Liver, Your Spleen, Pancreas, Stomach, Colon or large and small intestines, Left Adrenal gland, Left Side Kidney, Left Side Ureter, Left Side Ovary and Left Side Fallopian tube found only in women, left side abdominal Blood vessels such as the aorta, Muscles of your left side abdomen, Nerves found in the abdominal left side, Skin covering your left side of abdomen.

Other organs that could still causes abdominal pain in left side but not in the abdomen include the heart, left lung, lower left rib cage and the left half of your diaphragm.

Causes of Abdominal Pain in Left Side

Abdominal pain in left side is as a result of pain arising from one or more of the above mentioned organs and therefore relates to these conditions;

Pancreatitis: 

This is a disorder of the pancreas when pancreatic enzymes are released in the pancreas instead of the small intestines. The result is pains in the right side going up through the back. Symptoms involve vomiting and nausea, the pain may vibrate through the upper section of the back in varying intensity, some intense others a bit mild.

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Bowel Cancer

Bowel or colon cancer can be as a result of genes that are known to cause cancer become stimulated and express themselves physically the genes run along the family tree this accounts for about 15% of the causes the major cause being dietary reasons.

Research indicates that intake of high amounts of fibres help to prevent development of cancer especially vegetable fibre that comes from the brassicas family (cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower and lettuce).high intake of red meat especially pork has been associated with increased risk of colon cancer

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Stomach pain in Left Side

Symptoms of Colon or Bowel Cancer

Colon cancer has been associated with major colicky pain that is associated with the mass of cancerous cells obstructing the lumen of the colon leading to bowel obstruction that leads development of major pain and inability to pass stool and this requires immediate treatment which includes surgery

Constipation is another symptom related to bowel cancer due to obstruction of the lumen leading to inability to pass stool

Rectal bleeding is another symptom that occurs below the obstruction the obstruction which can slowly cause anemia due to continuous loss of small amounts of blood which manifests as pallor, body fatigue and blueness of the extremities

For more information check our article on Bowel Cancer


Ectopic Prengancy:

This occurs in females, when implantation occurs in areas other than the womb/uterus. In most cases it happens in the fallopian tubes ( the right fallopian tube in our case). The egg once planted there starts growing and this could lead you into having a miscarriage. Symptoms include severe pain in the lower abdomen, dizziness and signs of body weakness. The patient could also experience some virginal bleeding.

The one needs to rush to the nearest hospital as this could be end up being fatal. The pain is not restricted to the right side of the abdomen but depending on which fallopian tubes is carrying the fetus.

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Lung related causes:

A lot of times lungs can create contained pain in your side because enlarge down and towards sides of your torso. Especially it can be for those with asthma after intense sporting events. Some other lung related causes are; Pleurisy, Bronchitis, Pneumonia, Pulmonary edema.

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How to Prevent and Treat Abdominal Pain in Left Side

The mode of treatment will vary depending on the cause of the pain, some might require surgery while others require medical treatments and the use of proper medications to heal fast. There are various treatment options but the best thing to do is to prevent the illness in the first place.

Prevention involves eating proper and well balanced diets that ensure the proper functioning of the food tack all the way from the mouth to the anus. This will ensure that food is absorbed and utilized fully. Avoiding alcoholic drinks will be good for your liver and stomach plus taking food with low cholesterol will ease the burden on the organs in the abdomen.

These plus exercise will ensure you stay free from abdominal pain in left side

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