Lower-Left Abdomen Pain Made Worse By Eating

What Causes Lower-Left Abdomen Pain Worse After Meals?

Lower-left abdomen pain worse after meals can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'needs attention' to 'very serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose lower-left abdomen pain worse after meals, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "lower-left abdomen pain worse after meals" as a symptom.  Here are three possibilities:
  • Gluten Sensitivity
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Intestinal Obstruction

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
regular episodes of diarrhea
being easily irritated
fatigue after slight exertion
severe hypogastric pain
bowel movement changes
mild right iliac discomfort
recent onset nausea
recent onset diarrhea
intermittent abdominal fullness
frequent episodes of diarrhea
difficulty gaining weight
... and more than 20 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of lower-left abdomen pain worse after meals:
Cause Probability Status
Diverticular Disease 97% Confirm
Gluten Sensitivity 21% Unlikely
Intestinal Obstruction 1% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate abdominal pain increased by eating, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
LOWER-LEFT abdomen: Do you experience discomfort or pain above the left hip that sometimes or always becomes worse after eating?
Possible responses:
→ No / I only have pain when I eat / don't know
→ Rarely / a few times a year
→ Yes, mild pain becomes moderate pain after eating
→ Yes, mild pain becomes severe pain
→ Yes, moderate pain becomes severe pain
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate meals worsen left iliac pain, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Diverticular Disease

The pain can range from a mild stomach ache to severe pain.

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