Lower abdominal pain has a way of stopping you in your tracks. But trying to figure out the source of stomach pain can be tricky especially when so many things may be to blame
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
What is it? A colon or lower bowel disorder.
Where’s the pain? Lower abdomen, but sometimes all over the belly.
- Bowel sensitivity with constipation.
What is it? When bowel movements happen less often than usual or stools become hard to pass.
Where’s the pain? Lower left side of the abdomen, sometimes mid-abdomen.
What is it? Inflammation in your appendix, a thin tube located on the lower right side of your abdomen.
Where’s the pain? Starts in the belly button area and moves down to the lower right.
- Diarrhea or constipation.
What is it? Inflammation of pouches in the colon, which are called diverticula.
Where’s the pain? Lower left side of the abdomen, but it can be anywhere in the belly.
Other causes of Stomach Pain
- Certain vascular diseases: Conditions where the intestines don’t get enough blood can cause pain and cramps. A common one is a lack of blood supply to the large bowel, or colon, called ischemic colitis
- Gynecological issues: That whole organ system is in the pelvis, so ruptured ovarian cysts, a twisted ovary or ectopic pregnancies can all cause lower abdominal pain
- Groin hernias: Hernias happen when an organ pushes through the enclosed area that holds it. A hernia in the groin can cause lower abdominal pain and discomfort.
- Tumors: People who have tumors in the large intestine may experience stomach pain and a change in their bowel pattern, especially if it’s blocking something.
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