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Upper Left Abdomen (Overview)

This is the area below the ribs on the left side of the abdomen. This generally referred to as luq (left upper quadrant).


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CT Scan benefit outweigh the risk? I'm 23 with 3 CT scans already. Doctors concerned about chronic upper left abdomen pain radiating to back.

CT Scan benefit outweigh the risk? I'm 23 with 3 CT scans already. Doctors concerned about chronic upper left abdomen pain radiating to back.

Depends: It depends on what your dr is concerned about. CT scans do provide significant radiation exposure. Some causes of left upper abdominal pain can e assessed by ultrasound or endoscopy, depending on your other symptoms and risks. If however, your doctor can provide good reason why CT scan is necessary, then it is probably worth doing. You can always seek a second opinion. ...Read more

Upper Left Abdomen (Overview)

This is the area below the ribs on the left side of the abdomen. This generally referred to as luq (left upper quadrant).


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Why am I having spasms in upper left abdomen?

Why am I having spasms in upper left abdomen?

Don't know: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more

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What causes off and on pain in my upper left abdomen?

What causes off and on pain in my upper left abdomen?

Many things.: If this has been going on for a while - weeks to months - i'd get it checked out by your doc. It could be a muscle strain, pain in the cartilage or muscles of ribs. It could be gastritis, which is inflammation of the lining of the stomach. If you're also having fevers, weight loss, or the pain is waking you up at night, that's more concerning and should definitely have an eval by your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a pain in my upper left abdomen. Any thoughts?

I have a pain in my upper left abdomen. Any thoughts?

See a doctor: Could be ribs, could be stomach, could be diaphragm, could be the heart. You need a physical exam. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: upper left abdomen?

What is the definition or description of: upper left abdomen?

Upper Left Abdomen: This is the area below the ribs on the left side of the abdomen. This generally referred to as luq (left upper quadrant). ...Read more

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Occassionally feel a short stab tear feeling in upper left abdomen. What can this be?

Occassionally feel a short stab tear feeling in upper left abdomen. What can this be?

Maybe nothing: A good history and physical may find the problem like diveriticulitis, gastritis, a pulled muscle, strain or hernia. Xrays, ultrasound and labs may be helpful. ...Read more

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I have severe pain in upper left abdomen?

I have severe pain in upper left abdomen?

Please see a doctor: For a history and physical exam. Severe pain means something is wrong. It could be a simple issue like rib out of place, it could be as serious as a heart attack, or esophageal tear. ...Read more

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What could cause sharp pain in my upper left abdomen?

What could cause sharp pain in my upper left abdomen?

Uncertain: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more

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What could be causing dull pain in the upper left abdomen?

What could be causing dull pain in the upper left abdomen?

Abdominal pain: Given the minimal information available the list of causes Is very long, provide more detail or seek local help including a physical examination ...Read more

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What would cause a mild to moderate pain in the upper left abdomen that comes in waves?

What would cause a mild to moderate pain in the upper left abdomen that comes in waves?

Stomach: Kidney, intestinal, muscular problems. It appears you have had your heart checked, but even if you have fluctuations in your blood pressure, the stress on your heart from that may cause it. I think you will find out the cause between a GI and heart doctor. Good luck to you. I would drink cold milk, take my blood pressure and heart rate (buy a machine). If pain goes away, it was your stomach. ...Read more

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I have a dull but very noticeable pain in upper left abdomen just under my ribcage. What could it be? It's much worse while sitting.

I have a dull but very noticeable pain in upper left abdomen just under my ribcage. What could it be? It's much worse while sitting.

Many organs there: Stomach, spleen, pancreas, splenic flexure of the colon. Inflammation of any of these can b the culprit. Gastric causes would b the most common. Gastritis, ulcers, even gerd can refer there as well as duodenal ulcers. Pancreatitis is not that common. Make an appointment 2 c a gastroenterologst 4 an eval. Also u can try liquid antacids while u wait 2 b cn. It may help. ...Read more

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There's a slight burning feeling/discomfort in my upper left abdomen area. I've felt this before, but it went away. I feel it again, what could it be?

LUQ abd discomfort: It could be many things. Is it worsened or relieved by eating? Worse with exercise? Exercise induced suggests musculoskeletal, food induced (especially fat) suggests gallbladder problems. You are already on Prilosec that should help with peptic problems.

If it persists, a physical exam and an ultrasound may be helpful. ...Read more

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Cramps in my upper left abdomen. What is there?

Few things.: You have muscles in-between the ribs, under the ribs (diaphragm). Irritation of the stomach (gastritis) could sometimes feel like upper l abdomen pain. The spleen is also there, but unless you're having other symptoms, it's less likely that's the cause of the pain. It's something you need to get checked out by your doc for, though! ...Read more

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What is this pain and pulsing in my upper left abdomen?

What is this pain and pulsing in my upper left abdomen?

Lots possible...: Anatomically, the left upper quadrant (luq) of abdomen includes: spleen, pancreatic tail, stomach, descending duodenum, splenic flexure of the colon, associated vessels. Don't forget the diaphragm, heart, and lower chest are pretty close by. The abdominal musculature, ribs, and skin can all contribute as well to localizing luq pain. An exam is appropriate for clarity of diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What could cause intense upper left abdomen pain?

What could cause intense upper left abdomen pain?

Lots of things...: Anatomically, the left upper quadrant (luq) of abdomen includes: spleen, pancreatic tail, stomach, descending duodenum, splenic flexure of the colon, associated vessels. Don't forget the diaphragm, heart, and lower chest are pretty close by. The abdominal musculature, ribs, and skin can all contribute as well to localizing luq pain. An exam is appropriate for clarity of diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What should I do about pain in upper left abdomen + bloating?

What should I do about pain in upper left abdomen + bloating?

Abdominal pain: A.Change in bowel habits to include left upper abdominal pain may be nothing more than constipation. However, at age 41, it should be evaluated by colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Upper left abdomen pain. What is this pain likely to be from?

Upper left abdomen pain. What is this pain likely to be from?

Number of things: This could be something as minor as gas to as serious as an ulcer or spleen injury. In that general area, you have your stomach, spleen, parts of large and small intestine, diaphragm, and a portion of your pancreas. With all of these structures, a physical exam is recommended to be sure to not miss serious issues. ...Read more

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I am having a numb/tingly feeling off and on in the upper left abdomen for the past 2 weeks?

I am having a numb/tingly feeling off and on in the upper left abdomen for the past 2 weeks?

Gastritis: Would try Prilosec daily for a week and if no improvement visit your gastroenterologist.
Avoid alcohol and smoking as well. ...Read more

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Can constipation cause discomfort on upper left abdomen and upper left back? No other symptoms

Can constipation cause discomfort on upper left abdomen and upper left back? No other symptoms

Maybe for abdomen: But your history of recent acute bronchitis may be more what is contributing to your upper left back issues, especially if there was any coughing or chest discomfort with that bout. It's important to have the source of your constipation checked out, and get that squared away by your PCP. If you haven't pooped in a few days, that can create discomfort in the abdomen, if you continue eating. ...Read more