Severe Pain In The Lower Abdomen

What Causes Severe Lower Abdominal Pain?

Severe lower abdominal pain can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'needs attention' to 'generally fatal'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose severe lower abdominal pain, 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 "severe lower abdominal pain" as a symptom.  Here are seven possibilities:
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Appendicitis
  • Ovarian Cysts
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Possible Urgent Medical Need
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Diverticular Disease

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:
frequent unexplained vomiting
regular painful urge to defecate
highly elevated basophil count
occasional slight bloating
significant red blood in stools
moderate chest pain
past vaccinations
frequent unexplained nausea
unexplained high fevers
meal-related bloating
premenstrual abdominal bloating
high ESR
... and more than 50 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of severe lower abdominal pain:
Cause Probability Status
Diverticular Disease 92% Confirm
Appendicitis 21% Unlikely
Ovarian Cysts 24% Unlikely
Crohn's Disease 0% Ruled out
Ulcerative Colitis 0% Ruled out
Possible Urgent Medical Need 0% Ruled out
Ovarian Cancer 0% 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, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Are you currently experiencing severe pain in the lower abdomen?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No / not severe
→ Yes, lower left side only
→ Yes, lower right side only
→ Yes, both sides or middle
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of severe abdominal pain, severe lower-left abdominal pain, severe lower-right abdominal pain or severe lower abdominal pain, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
... and also rule out issues such as: