The occurrence of left side
abdominal pain has numerous causes. Physicians require accurate, careful
information from patients in order to give a diagnosis. The exact
location of the pain such as the middle or side of the body is among the
details included in the necessary information. Is the pain in the upper
or lower portion of the abdomen? Are there certain positions that cause
the pain to occur? What is the pain frequency? Is the pain constant or
only present during activity such as exercise?
Exercise related cramping is one of the most frequent causes of
left side abdominal pain. An improper warm up routine, electrolyte
imbalances and dehydration are usually the causes of cramping while
exercising. Drinking plenty of fluids an hour before exercise will
reduce the chances of developing cramps while exercising. Water is fine
although the prevention of cramps is achieved more effectively by the
use of sports drinks. The abdominal muscles should be included in the
warm up routine while stretching and warming up before exercising.
Abdominal pain can also be an indication that something is seriously
wrong inside the body.
Pneumonia patients often present with upper abdominal pain.
Pneumonia’s other symptoms are more obvious making this a secondary
symptom. Coughing, chills, difficulty breathing, fever and sweating are
some of pneumonia’s other symptoms. Upper abdominal pain can result when
the diaphragm becomes inflamed from an extremely bad cough in some
There can be a few causes for pain in the lower left
abdomen. Females will often experience pain in the ovaries mid-cycle.
Inflammation of the peritoneum known as endometriosis commonly causes
lower left side abdominal pain. When a bulge in the intestine bursts
through the abdominal muscle is causes an intestinal hernia which
commonly causes lower abdomen pain in males. STDs are the final cause
for both men and women. Extreme pain in the lower abdomen is how
patients are usually first diagnosed with Gonorrhea.
left abdominal pain can be caused by a number of individual conditions
in the many organs located there. The abdomen’s upper portion has a
section of the large intestine traveling through it. Pain can be caused
by a twist in the large intestine or gas. The upper left abdomen also
holds the pancreas, when it becomes inflamed very sharp pains will be
experienced. The spleen is here also. An extreme amount of pain can
result from a splenetic rupture, typically resulting from car accidents;
this is a critical medical emergency. Liver disease can result in the
painful inflammation of the spleen. Pain will usually be experienced in
the upper abdomen’s outermost areas with a kidney stone.|
Occurring outside of exercise left side abdominal pain is a serious
symptom. It is important to see a healthcare provider when the pain
lasts more than a few hours or is very sharp. Delaying medical attention
can potentially lead to death since several of the problems above are
life threatening especially the splenic rupture.