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Your Pain in the Upper Left Abdomen May Also be Known as:
Pain in the upper left belly
Pain in the upper left gut
Pain in the upper left stomach
Pain in the upper left stomach area
Pain in the upper left tummy
Pain in upper left abdomen
Upper left abdomen pain
Upper left belly pain
Upper left gut pain

Top 6 Pain in the Upper Left Abdomen Causes

  1. 1.Gall Bladder Infection (Cholecystitis)

    Cholecystitis is the inflammation of the gallbladder. The gallbladder holds bile (a digestive juice). Gallstones can form when the bile gets thick, and these stones can block up the gallbladder and cause inflammation.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an ER, where an ultrasound of your abdomen and blood tests would confirm a diagnosis. Not seeking care may lead to the gallbladder bursting and causing a deadly infection in the abdomen.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, constipation
    Symptoms that always occur with gall bladder infection (cholecystitis):
    abdominal pain (stomach ache)
    Symptoms that never occur with gall bladder infection (cholecystitis):
    pain in the upper left abdomen, pain in the lower left abdomen
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  2. 2.Appendicitis

    Your appendix is a small, tube-like organ attached to the large intestine, with no known function. It is located in the lower right part of the abdomen. A blockage (caused by intestinal gunk, typically) inside of the appendix causes appendicitis. The blockage leads to increased pressure, problems with blood flow, and inflammation. If the blockage is not treated, the appendix can burst and spread infection into the abdomen.

    Seek medical care at an ER immediately as this is an emergency.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, pelvis pain, loss of appetite, diarrhea
    Symptoms that always occur with appendicitis:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache)
    Symptoms that never occur with appendicitis:
    pain in the upper right abdomen, pain in the upper left abdomen, anxiety, pain below the ribs, improving abdominal pain, headache
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  3. 3.Chronic Hepatitis c

    Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver by the hepatitis C virus (HCV) that is carried in human blood. It spreads through contact with infected blood, such as through infected needles, toothbrushes, or razors, through unprotected sex with an infected person, and from mother to baby during childbirth.

    You should schedule a visit with a doctor to discuss your symptoms and possible treatments.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, muscle aches, loss of appetite, joint pain
    Symptoms that never occur with chronic hepatitis c:
    pain in the lower right abdomen, pain in the lower left abdomen, pain in the upper left abdomen, pain around the belly button
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  4. 4.Acute Hepatitis c

    Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver by the hepatitis C virus (HCV) that is carried in human blood. It spreads through contact with infected blood, such as through infected needles, toothbrushes, or razors, through unprotected sex with an infected person, and from mother to baby during childbirth.

    You should schedule a visit with a doctor to discuss your symptoms and possible treatments.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, muscle aches, fever
    Symptoms that never occur with acute hepatitis c:
    pain in the upper left abdomen, pain in the lower left abdomen, pain in the lower right abdomen, pain around the belly button
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Digestive Tract Inflammation (Diverticulitis)

    Diverticula are small pouches that bulge outward through the colon, or large intestine, that increase with age. Diverticulitis is a condition where the pouches become inflamed or infected, a process which can cause fever, nausea, vomiting, chills, cramping, and constipation. It typically occurs in older populations, but 5% of the time, patients will be under the age of 40.

    You should visit your the emergency room for imaging using CT or ultrasound. Treatment depends on severity - antibiotics are the norm and surgery is reserved for very severe cases.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, being severely ill, fever
    Symptoms that never occur with digestive tract inflammation (diverticulitis):
    pain below the ribs, pain in the upper right abdomen, pain in the upper left abdomen
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  6. 6.Appendicitis

    Your appendix is a small, tube-like organ attached to the large intestine, with no known function. It is located in the lower right part of the abdomen. A blockage (caused by intestinal gunk, typically) inside of the appendix causes appendicitis. The blockage leads to increased pressure, problems with blood flow, and inflammation. If the blockage is not treated, the appendix can burst and spread infection into the abdomen.

    Seek medical care at an ER immediately as this is an emergency.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, pelvis pain, loss of appetite, constipation
    Symptoms that always occur with appendicitis:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache)
    Symptoms that never occur with appendicitis:
    pain in the upper right abdomen, pain in the upper left abdomen, anxiety, pain below the ribs, improving abdominal pain, headache
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain in the Upper Left Abdomen

  • Q.How long has your abdominal pain been going on?
  • Q.How severe is your abdominal pain?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Where is your abdominal pain?

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Pain in the Upper Left Abdomen Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain in the upper left abdomen have also experienced:

    • 8% Nausea
    • 3% Fatigue
    • 3% Diarrhea
  • People who have experienced pain in the upper left abdomen had symptoms persist for:

    • 39% Less Than a Day
    • 35% Less Than a Week
    • 10% Over a Month

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