Upper-left abdominal pain can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'serious' 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 upper-left abdominal pain, we could:
|Possible Urgent Medical Need||30%||Unlikely|
UPPER-LEFT abdomen: Do you experience discomfort or pain behind the left rib cage?
Possible responses:→ No / only after meals / don't know
→ Occasional mild discomfort
→ Frequent mild and/or occasional moderate pain
→ Frequent moderate and/or occasional severe pain
→ Frequent or constant severe pain
One of the most common pancreatitis symptoms is upper abdominal pain, usually centered in the upper middle or upper left part of the abdomen. It often radiates from the front of the abdomen to the back or below the left shoulder blade and typically lasts for several days.
The pain is on the side(s) of the affected lung(s).
The pain occurs on the affected side, in the chest, upper abdomen, and/or shoulder.