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
- 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
frequent unexplained nausea
unexplained high fevers
premenstrual abdominal bloating
... 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:
|Possible Urgent Medical Need
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Are you currently experiencing severe pain in the lower abdomen?
→ 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: