What other symptoms might occur with left lower quadrant pain?
Left lower quadrant pain may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Typically, the symptoms are related to the digestive tract, but they may also involve other body systems.
Digestive symptoms that may occur along with left lower quadrant pain
Left lower quadrant pain may accompany other symptoms affecting the digestive tract including:
- Abdominal cramping
- Abdominal swelling, distension or bloating
- Bloody stool (blood may be red, black, or tarry in texture)
- Nausea with or without vomiting
- Urgent need to pass stool
Other symptoms that may occur along with left lower quadrant pain
Left lower quadrant pain may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:
- Body aches
- General ill feeling
- Muscle spasms
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Pain or burning with urination
- Pain, numbness or tingling
- Palpable mass in the abdomen or pelvic area
- Unexplained weight loss
Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition
In some cases, left lower quadrant pain may be a symptom of a life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:
- Bleeding while pregnant
- Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness
- High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Inability to have bowel movements, especially if accompanied by vomiting
- Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
- Rigidity of the abdomen
- Severe abdominal or pelvic pain or sharp abdominal pain that comes on suddenly
- Trauma to the abdomen
- Vomiting blood, rectal bleeding, or bloody stool
What is left lower quadrant pain?
Pain in the lower left side of the abdomen is called left lower quadrant pain. It is often related to the digestive tract, but can also be related to conditions of the body wall, skin, blood vessels, urinary tract, or reproductive organs. The area may be tender to the touch or the pain may be severe and the whole abdomen might be rigid.
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What causes left lower quadrant pain?
Often, left lower quadrant pain is related to conditions of the digestive tract; however, it can also be related to conditions of the body wall, skin, blood vessels, urinary tract, or reproductive organs.