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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Burning Sensation In Upper Left Abdomen

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Dr. Ejiro Isiorho
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Burning Sensation (Definition)

A burning sensation can be descriptive of nerve pain, some variations of migraine, and even central brain problems after a stroke. Have heard this said associated with phantom limb syndrome, reflex sympatheric dystrophy, and trigeminal neuralgia. Other patients might say ...Read more


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When I lay on bed skin burning sensation in the upper left abdomen near rib cage worsens if turn left, If turn right I can sleep without it. Any help?

When I lay on bed skin burning sensation in the upper left abdomen near rib cage worsens if turn left, If turn right I can sleep without it. Any help?

Neuropathy: Localized sensation of skin burning most likely is secondary to compression or irritation of a local nerve that provides sensation to the area of skin affected. You may or may not recall any precipitating factors. Likely the discomfort will be temporary, but if it persists or worsens you will need to see a physician. ...Read more

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Yesterday I had sex. Now I have burning sensation in the left side of abdomen. Period finished on sunday. What causes this sensation?

Yesterday I had sex. Now I have burning sensation in the left side of abdomen. Period finished on sunday. What causes this sensation?

Bladder infection: Bladder infection is a possibility. Drink a lot of fluids and if it gets worse check your urine, specially if you noticed frequency or urgency on urination. ...Read more

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Hello I have this burning sensation in my left abdomen what is the cause? I'm also 18 weeks pregnant.

Hello I have this burning sensation in my left abdomen what is the cause? I'm also 18 weeks pregnant.

Many things: Round ligament pain is common cause of discomfort. Urinary tract infections can cause burning especially with urination. An exam and testing is important. Schedule follow up with your Obgyn. ...Read more

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Age23f, Burning sensation in left side of abdomen, non radiating, specially at empty stomach. What could be the cause and how to treat?!

Age23f, Burning sensation in left side of abdomen, non radiating, specially at empty stomach. What could be the cause and how to treat?!

Dyspepsia, acid: Might be sign of acid induced dyspepsia. Maybe an ulcer but not specific enough symptom to diagnose an ulcer. Usually a trial of a PPI (acid suppression) medication after speaking to a doctor regarding your personal contraindications a PPI medication will result in both a diagnosis and a treatment...if symptoms respond. This is usually taken for 4 weeks. Avoid NSAIDs, test for h pylori ...Read more

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Weird bubbling (not burning) sensation in upper left chest/abdomen?

Weird bubbling (not burning) sensation in upper left chest/abdomen?

More info: Is it occurring w/ breathing or anytime. Any reflux symptoms? Any breathing issues? Fever? Possibly gastroesophageal reflux, gas, or even lung disease. If any pain associated or breathing issues, I would be seen by your family physician. ...Read more

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Woke up twice from burning sensation in upper abdomen, ribs, and lower part of left breast. Pain lasted 15 sec. Or so. PCP says heart ok. Ideas?

Woke up twice from burning sensation in upper abdomen, ribs, and lower part of left breast. Pain lasted 15 sec. Or so. PCP says heart ok. Ideas?

Rib pain: Pain in the area you describe could be heartburn especially if you were asleep. Reflux can make the acid go up you esophagus and once you sat up, it went back down. It it was sharp, occsionally we can get an inflammation of the rib (s) where the bone and cartilage join called costochondritis. Medications such as Motrin or Aleve (naproxen) taken for several days should help this. ...Read more

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What seems to be the problem if you have a feeling of burning sensation on the left upper abdomen?

What seems to be the problem if you have a feeling of burning sensation on the left upper abdomen?

See a doctor: The symptom you describe could fit into multiple different diagnoses. You need to provide a full detailed history and undergo an exam by a concerned pcp who may then want to refer you to a GI doctor. Hope you feel better quickly. ...Read more

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In may I was diagnosed with chlaymdia, I have been treated and cleared. I still have a burning sensation in my lower left abdomen. Why is that?

Not normal: Please contact the doc who treated you, you may have the infection in the pelvic organs or you may have something else you need an exam, blood work cultures and an ultrasound. ...Read more

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I have a weird burning sensation on left lower abdomen?

I have a weird burning sensation on left lower abdomen?

LLQ discomfort: Causes of recurrent llq abdominal discomfort may be identified by first addressing accompanying signs/symptoms so as to localize the organ involved: vaginal discharge or bleeding, alteration in periods, pregnancy risk? Fever, nausea, vomiting, altered stool pattern, blood with stool, tenderness, distension? Painful urination, blood in urine? Recent trauma, herniations? Age? Gender? Risk factors? ...Read more

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I have a burning sensation near left side of abdomen when I lay down and stress too, what does it mean?

I have a burning sensation near left side of abdomen when I lay down and stress too, what does it mean?

Gastric Reflex: You may have GERD or the Gastric Esophageal Reflex disease. It requires proper diagnosis (stool or blood test) before your doctor gives you treatment, consisting of a combo therapy. ...Read more

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I'm having a painful burning sensation in my front left lower abdomen. Is this something I should worry about?

I'm having a painful burning sensation in my front left lower abdomen. Is this something I should worry about?

Possibly: Pain in left lower quad may be pain arising in bowel just under left abdominal wall or referred from an additional site such as ureteral in origin. One must examine for rebound tenderness to see if pain related to peritonitis. If such signs present then CBC and possible scan needed. ...Read more

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Male 41 yrs, 340 lbs 5'10 has been having a Burning sensation in his upped abdomen real bad. What can cause this besides GERD?

Male 41 yrs, 340 lbs 5'10 has been having a Burning sensation in his upped abdomen real bad. What can cause this besides GERD?

Epigastric pain: He has a BMI of 49 and this is a risk for GERD. Other possibilities are gastritis, ulcer, gallbladder problem. I would also be concerned about a possible cardiac problem. I would get checked. ...Read more

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I have this burning sensation in ma stomach...it's really hot and scaring. Also pain in my left abdomen?

I have this burning sensation in ma stomach...it's really hot and scaring. Also pain in my left abdomen?

Gastritis: You could be having gastritis - an inflammation and irritation of your stomach lining which can be related to heartburn, acidic food intake or stress.
Abdominal pain in a young woman can be serious. Please see your doctor if your symptoms persist or worsen. ...Read more

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Should I go to my neurologist if I'm having a burning sensation in the left part of my body near chest/abdomen?

Should I go to my neurologist if I'm having a burning sensation in the left part of my body near chest/abdomen?

Absolutely: Something is irritating the nerve to your chest wall. Pinched nerve, nerve inflamation, shingles.... See a neurologist. ...Read more

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I get a sharp burning sensation under my left rib when I bend over or twist. I can touch at the end of my rib in the upper abdomen & feel what hurts.

I get a sharp burning sensation under my left rib when I bend over or twist. I can touch at the end of my rib in the upper abdomen & feel what hurts.

Costochondritis: You may have "costochondritis" (inflammation of the cartilage at the end of your bibs (which make expansion of your chest possible) Apply heat and OTC Ibuprofen (First Aid not "treatment) which may help!

Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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What could cause a burning sensation in the lower abdomen that woke me up from my sleep. Went to use the bathroom but didn't help?

What could cause a burning sensation in the lower abdomen that woke me up from my sleep. Went to use the bathroom but didn't help?

More info needed: More information is needed to determine the cause of the burning sensation in the lower abdomen. Possibilities include urinary tract infection, pain associated with ovulation, infection in the reproductive tract, and inflammation in the bowel. Best to see a doctor for examination and appropriate tests. ...Read more

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Every once in a while (6-12months) I will have a burning sensation in my lower abdomen (intestinal area) no matter what I eat, what could cause this?

Every once in a while (6-12months) I will have a burning sensation in my lower abdomen (intestinal area) no matter what I eat, what could cause this?

Several things: At your age the common things are gastritis, dietary indiscretion, colitis, eating too fast, gas, are some of the things that may cause your symptoms. I strongly advise you to consult with your family physician to rule out anything else that might be more serious. ...Read more

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From past few days im having frequent urination&while urinating my left abdomen hurts. I've no burning sensation or irritation while urinating. What's it?

From past few days im having frequent urination&while urinating my left abdomen hurts. I've no burning sensation or irritation while urinating. What's it?

Infection/stone: Urinary frequency can be a sign of bladder irritation. Because you are also having pain, I would see your doctor to get your urine checked to make sure that an infection is not present that might contribute to your symptoms. In addition, a renal ultrasound may be helpful to assess for stones/kidney obstruction as well. ...Read more

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Burning sensation in mid back on the left side, cramping in abdomen, pain coming and going in waves over the last week or so. No fever. Thoughts?

Burning sensation in mid back on the left side, cramping in abdomen, pain coming and going in waves over the last week or so. No fever. Thoughts?

Stomach or pancreas: Most likely esophagus irritation but may be pancreatitis or less likely gall bladder trouble. Please consider seeing your health care provider. ...Read more

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Stabbing pain under left ribs & burning sensation in chest & upper abdomen went to ER they sent me home what could it be? I can't even sleep from it.

Stabbing pain under left ribs & burning sensation in chest & upper abdomen went to ER they sent me home what could it be? I can't even sleep from it.

Intercostal neuralgi: Sounds from the information you give that you may have what is commonly called a "pinched nerve) in your dorsal (back) vertebrae. May have been caused by coughing really hard. Also to be considered is a lung infection. Please see your family physician as you may need a chest x-ray. If normal I would also suggest seeing an osteopathic physician for manipulation of your back. ...Read more

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It's an burning sensation on the left an right sides of my upper abdomen, could there be something wrong with my digestion or lack of B12 protein help?

It's an burning sensation on the left an right sides of my upper abdomen, could there be something wrong with my digestion or lack of B12 protein help?

See a GI doctor: Or your family doctor. Vitamin B12 deficiency is a rarity in the usa among anyone with a reasonable diet. You need to see a professional and bring with you a complete list of all symptoms and their timing and relationship to meals or anything else. Good luck and hope this clears up soon. ...Read more

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Burning sensation which started in left abdomen maybe ovaries after a very heavy period it has moved around my body to right side abdomen both breasts and front of calves what could be causing this I also have a lot of relatively large fibroids?

Burning sensation which started in left abdomen maybe ovaries after a very heavy period it has moved around my body to right side abdomen both breasts and front of calves what could be causing this I also have a lot of relatively large fibroids?

Could be fibroids: Fibroids are the most common cause of heavy periods. The pain you describe could also be due to fibroids. When large they can press on pelvic nerves to cause pain in the pelvis, hips, buttocks, thighs, and down the legs. Talk to your doctor. While many places would obtain a pelvic ultrasound, pelvic MRI would actually be better. It delineates the fibroids to see if they correlate with your pain. ...Read more

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Symptoms: ovarian cysts, itching and burning sensation around my left lower abdomen, hungry more often, less bowel movements. What can this be?

Symptoms: ovarian cysts, itching and burning sensation around my left lower abdomen, hungry more often, less bowel movements. What can this be?

Not related: Ovarian cysts can be normal by the way. Ask your doctor what they think. But hunger, and bowel changes are something to do with your bowels. You might need to see a GI specialist. Left lower quadrant pain can also be from your ovarian cyst or from your bowel. Need your doctor to help you decide how to tackle this complex of symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a burning pain in the upper left abdomen. I was picking up heavy items during a move. How do I know if it's a hernia? Any home remedies?

I have a burning pain in the upper left abdomen. I was picking up heavy items during a move. How do I know if it's a hernia? Any home remedies?

Hard to say: Hernia can be hard to diagnosed at home. Burning usually goes w nerve type pain or ulcer. If it is a hernia, it tends to get bigger and needs to b fixed but u will have to c a physician to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you have a panc. Tumor that is causing pain but no other symptoms for over 8 months? Burning pain in upper left abdomen, heartburn when eating.

Can you have a panc. Tumor that is causing pain but no other symptoms for over 8 months? Burning pain in upper left abdomen, heartburn when eating.

No: Most common symptom of pancreatic cancer would be painless jaundice. Pancreatic cancer is also extremely uncommon in your age group. Taking metformin WITH food may reduce your symptoms significantly. If not, tell your doctor that you are having stomach problems with metformin and you will be prescribed an alternative medication. ...Read more

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Have mild burning sensation in upper right abdomen across from navel. Have regular bowel movements. Temp is 99?

Have mild burning sensation in upper right abdomen across from navel. Have regular bowel movements. Temp is 99?

Consider eval: Abdominal pain can indicate an underlying disorder. Significant or persistent pain should prompt medical evaluation. Right upper quadrant pain can be caused by conditions of the gallbladder or liver, or other organs. ...Read more

Upper Left Abdomen (Definition)

This is the area below the ribs on the left side of the abdomen. This generally referred to as ...Read more