This could then lead to the distention of the lumen of our bowel and therefore cause pain. Trapped wind could just be a short term passing condition or it could be a sign of some other bowel conditions. Excess wind or trapped wind in the large bowel or stomach can cause lower or even upper left abdominal pain. Other symptoms could include feeling well but bloated. You may struggle with cramping in the abdomen and the passing of wind out of the anus.
Trapped wind could be a symptom in other conditions such as constipation, IBS or celiac disease. These symptoms should have been going on for at least 3 to 6 months. Constipation is the infrequent passage of stools or passage of hard stools and can cause lower left abdominal pain if it is this part of the bowel that is affected. Constipation is characterised by a reduced frequency in the passing of faeces, feeling bloated, a reduced appetite and a passing of strong smelling gas from the anus. As we grow older our lower bowel stretches and develops pouches called diverticulum. Faeces get stuck in these recesses and they become inflamed.
If there are a number of these pouches, then the pain can worsen. Inflammation of the diverticulum is referred to as diverticulitis. If you happen to have a number of these inflamed diverticulum on your left lower bowel, they would cause pain in this part of the abdomen. Diverticulitis is a medical emergency. It would be important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Pelvic inflammatory disease is another common cause of left lower abdominal pain in women.
It is the inflammation of the cervix, uterus, Fallopian tubes and ovaries in a woman arising from an infection. It is a condition is common in women between the ages of 16 and 65. There may also be associated pain or burning sensation on passing urine. Though not always, PID is often a sexually transmitted condition — following an infection with gonorrhoea and or chlamydia. Ulcerative Colitis is chronic irritation and inflammation of the inner lining of the colon, large bowel and rectum. The bowel wall can develop ulcers and sores, causing bleeding and passage of blood in the stool.
This is one of the inflammatory bowel diseases, along with Crohn’s Disease. While ulcerative colitis affects only the colon and rectum, Crohn’s disease can affect anywhere from the mouth to the anus. Crohn’s disease also affects the wall of the bowel deeper than ulcerative colitis does. Passage of loose stools stained with blood — you may need to go to pass watery faeces anything from 2 to 30 times a day! Because ulcerative colitis can mimic many other serious conditions like bowel cancer, Crohn’s disease, tuberculosis of the large bowel, rectal cancer, it is important to seek medical attention should you be experiencing a combination of any of the above symptoms. An ectopic pregnancy is a medical emergency.
It is more often found to occur in one of the Fallopian tubes, though an ectopic pregnancy can be located anywhere in the abdomen. It starts with pain from the left abdomen or lower back, hip or top of the thigh. When sitting a woman is likely to feel cramping and will struggle to find a comfortable position. If you are experiencing this type of pain which doesn’t go away after a few hours, then it is best to seek medical advice. The above eight conditions are the most common causes of lower left abdominal pain. Are you or a loved one suffering with abdominal pain on the left side? Or do you have past experience with pain in this part of your body?
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