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Question: pain in lower left abdomen

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 lance71 - Wed Jan 19, 2005 7:52 pm

I started getting pains in my left side just below and to the left of my belly button just after lunch. Now after dinner it is getting worse. Can someone tell me what it might be?
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Sun Jun 18, 2006 4:59 pm

User avatar Dear lance71,
I need to know more about the description of this pain.
For example; is it occurring for the first time? Is it associated with constipation, diarrhoea or any other gastrointestinal symptoms? Is it related to the type of food you have taken today (spicy food) or you have been stressed that day?
However, I will give you some clues about the common causes of pain in this site of the abdomen. The descending (lower colon), where food waste passes slowly to be expelled out of the body is a common cause of pain in the left lower part of the abdomen. An infection in the colon can lead to pain that is usually associated with diarrhoea. Constipation and spastic colon are other common causes, other known conditions associated with pain in the same part of the abdomen are diverticulitis and irritable bowel syndrome. In addition, there are other Non Gastrointestinal disorders that can cause pain in the left lower part of abdomen , however they are not related to food intake.You need to consult your doctor especially if the pain is severe , recurrent or associated with fever, vomiting, diarrhoea.
Good luck,

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