Upper left abdominal pain or also called upper abdominal quadrant pain is pain felt on the area next to the left nipple going straight down to the area with the same level as the belly button.
People suffering from upper left abdominal pain experience different kinds of symptoms aside from the severe pain on the upper left abdomen. Some of these symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea, perspiration, cramping of muscles, lower blood pressure, shivering and weakness. There are several causes of upper left abdominal pain. Kidney problems like kidney stone and kidney infection can cause this type of abdominal pain. Food poisoning is another possible cause. After eating the food which caused poisoning, you will feel the symptoms like vomiting and fever, within 24 to 48 hours. Gastric volvulus and excess wind on the stomach are other causes. Gastric volvulus is the twisting of stomach by itself, though this condition rarely happens. Aside from abdominal pain, excess wind on stomach can make you feel bloated. Pain on the abdomen and bloating will usually stop after passing gas from the anus or farting.
If the pain doesn’t go away, it’s best to go to the doctor immediately for treatment. Especially if you notice blood on your stool, you experience fainting or your mouth keeps drying even when taking liquid often. Gastroenterologists are doctors who specialize in the treatment and diagnosis of the gastrointestinal tract which includes the organs that can be affected by upper left abdominal pain like pancreas, liver, stomach and small intestine. Ultrasound and CT scan are the common tests done for diagnosis. Depending on the cause and severity of your condition, medicines like antibiotics can be given as treatment or surgery may be needed in severe cases.
To prevent getting upper left abdominal pain, make sure to wash your hands with soap and water, before and after each meal. Also, ensure that eating utensils are clean and foods eaten are not spoiled. Preventing upper left abdominal pain is often a matter of proper food handling and personal hygiene.