10 Lower Left Abdominal Pain Causes

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Lower left abdominal pain may occur due to several conditions. Many are treatable with medications and lifestyle changes, such as indigestion and lactose intolerance. Some ailments may be serious and require more extensive treatment, including prescriptions for pain medication or surgical intervention.

Also referred to as lower left quadrant pain, it may begin suddenly or gradually get worse. The pain can be constant and may come with other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, bloating, fever, fatigue or a rash. Individuals shouldn't ignore the pain and should see a doctor who can diagnose the cause and treat the condition before it worsens.

1. Irritable Bowel Disease

Irritable bowel disease, also known as IBD, can cause pain in the lower-left area of the abdomen. There are two types of IBD: Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Irritable bowel disease is an autoimmune condition that may damage parts of the gastrointestinal tract without proper treatment.1Hoffman, Kristine. ‘When Vitamin And Nutritional Deficiencies Cause Skin And Nail Changes.’ Podiatry Today, 30 Dec. 2014, www.podiatrytoday.com/when-vitamin-and-nutritional-deficiencies-cause-skin-and-nail-changes.

Doctors don't know the exact cause of these diseases and they may be difficult to diagnose because of the long list of other conditions with similar symptoms. In addition to pain, symptoms may include diarrhea, bloody stools, fatigue and weight loss.

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