What other symptoms might occur with side pain?

Side pain may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.

Digestive symptoms that may occur with side pain

Side pain may accompany symptoms affecting the digestive tract including:

Other symptoms that may occur with side pain

Side pain may accompany other symptoms related to body systems other than the digestive tract. Symptoms may include:

  • Abdominal pain

  • Flu-like symptoms (fatigue, fever, chills, sore throat, headache, cough, aches and pains)

  • Increased side or abdominal pain with breathing or movement

  • Low back pain that may radiate or move to the groin and testicles or labia

  • Urination symptoms, such as frequent urination or burning with urination

  • Yellow skin and eyes (jaundice)

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, side pain may accompany symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care(call 911) for side pain accompanied by any of the following symptoms:

  • Bloody or black stools

  • Chest pain or pressure which may or may not radiate to your shoulder blades, jaw, or left arm

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • Dizziness that is severe or sudden and unexplained

  • Fainting, lethargy, confusion, disorientation or other change in level of consciousness or alertness

  • Not producing any urine

  • Pulsating mass in abdomen

  • Rib cage deformity

  • Severe abdominal, side, flank or back pain

  • Vomiting blood or black material (resembling coffee grounds)


What is side pain?

Side pain is discomfort that occurs on the left or right side of the torso between the armpits (axilla) and the hips. These general areas contain bones, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, organs, and other structures that can become infected, inflamed or damaged.

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What causes side pain?

Side pain can be caused by a wide variety of mild to serious diseases, disorders and conditions. Relatively mild conditions that can cause side pain include indigestion and exercising too much. Serious and life-threatening conditions that can cause side pain include Read more about side paincauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 8, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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