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:
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Gluten Sensitivity

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:
nausea for 1-3 months
significant right iliac pain
occasional rotten egg burps
being easily irritated
offensive-smelling stool
regular painful urge to defecate
frequent unexplained nausea
joint pain/swelling/stiffness
difficulty gaining weight
recent onset nausea
meal-related bloating
regular episodes of diarrhea
... 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
Intestinal Obstruction 28% Unlikely
Gluten Sensitivity 2% 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:
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