Please help with understanding abdomen pain.


Q: Hi. I woke up yesterday with some upper left abdomen pain but I was able to go about my day. This morning the pain woke me up and I realized I was only comfortable on my left side. Lying on my back or right side hurts. It is very painful to touch and even hurts to breath in or move around. I'm not just sitting still to avoid the pain but not sure what this could be?

Symptoms:  Pain in left side abdomen/ under rib area

A:   Thank you for contacting ask the doctor.
There is a possibility of a diverticula, which is an out-pouching in the intestinal lining, getting inflamed or infected. This can cause a point tenderness under the left rib cage. When the inflamed or infected diverticula touches the peritoneum it can lead to irritation (peritonitis). There fore I recommend a visit to a gastero-enterologist. Diagnosis would include CT, MRI , Xray, Blood examination and biochemical profile. Treatment would include the rest, Liquid diet till the diverticula heal, changing eating habits and including more fibers, Antibiotics, pain medications etc. Surgery would be required in case of complications like - bowel blockage, abscess formation, or if medications do not work.
Hope this information was useful.

Related Q&A

Q: My 5 year old child swollowed a nickel what do i do

Q: Hi i m 25 years old n me n my husband had unprotected sex on the last day of my menstrual cycle ie on 25th Jan n I ha...

Q: Hi i have a slightly low thyroid and iam on medication. i recently wanted to take a amino acid blend, which includes ...

Q: Hi, i live in guyana , about two year ago i found out i have hrdorcephalus and at that time i was 20 years old, howev...

Q: Hi. This is more of a psychologist question that I would like help with. I have this friend that I'm really obsesse...


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon