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Question: sharp stomach pain on lower left side

 dirtylou666 - Mon Aug 29, 2005 12:37 pm

i keep having sharp stomach pain on my left side. its like stabbing then goes away for a few seconeds then comes right back. leaning all the way over and heat helps a little.
does it have anything to do with my spelle or appendix? whats going on?
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Sun Jul 09, 2006 8:30 pm

User avatar Dear dirtylou666,

Abdominal pain is a nonspecific symptom for many medical conditions. That is why a lot more information about the character of the pain is always needed to reach the daiagnois. These informations include:
the site, the time of onset, duration of pain or the course of the pain, nature of pain e.g.dull, crampy etc, and any associted symptom or possible precipitating factor.

In general pain felt in the left side of the abdomen as you mentioned can be due to many causes including:
Excess gas and distension
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Renal problems
Diverticulitis, similar to appendicitis but on the left side.
Recurrent abdominal pain can be a somatization for emotional or psycholigical peoblems.

Only by complete history, physical examination and investigations , the correct diagnosis can be reached. I advise you to be checked by your doctor.

Best regards,

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