Pain in the left side of the back: lumbar region, above, below, below the ribs, when moving the

It can be both locking the muscles of the back, because of the tightening of any of the vertebrae and diseases of the internal organs. More on that later.

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The left side of the back in the lumbar region

Large groups cause pain on the left side of the back can be:

  • kidney and urinary tract;
  • loss of the spleen;
  • the pathological process in the gastrointestinal tract;
  • diseases of the spine;
  • pathological processes of the musculoskeletal system, etc.

Determining the exact source of the pain is performed by a physician using both methods of objective examination of the patient, and the designation of certain other studies. More about this talk a description of each kind of pain.

If discomfort in the back, then offer you a special set of exercises.

Above the waist

If the pain appears on the left back above the waist, you should think about the following possible variants of its appearance:

  1. the pathological process in the pancreas (most likely its inflammation — inflammation of the pancreas);
  2. osteochondrosis (degenerative disease of the spine, which is accompanied by decrease of height of intervertebral discs);
  3. the defeat of the adrenal glands (most often the adrenal glands can be affected by the tumor process, which leads to pain).

In order to confirm the failure of the pancreas, is necessary to make the biochemical analysis of blood shows increased activity of pancreatic enzymes (amylase, lipase, trypsin, etc.). The appointment of appropriate treatment contribute to the interruption of the pathological process. You can do this, the following principles shall apply:

  • cold;
  • hunger;
  • peace.

Strengthen the lower back pain will allow a detailed neurological examination, which revealed tenderness of the nerve roots. In difficult diagnostic cases, it is recommended to perform computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging.

Adrenal tumors can be identified either during an ultrasound or x-ray examination or during a CT-scan. The "gold" standard of diagnosis of the cancer process is histological examination.


If the pain is left behind and beneath, you should think about the following reasons:

  1. intestinal damage (often it is colitis that is inflammation in the colon);
  2. pathology of the kidney (pyelonephritis or urolithiasis);
  3. osteochondrosis of the spine;
  4. muscle inflammation (especially if the pain is localized during the spine).

The most common cause of pain, which is of this localization are the diseases of the urinary tract. Their identification is advisable to make a General clinical analysis of urine, as well as ultrasound of the kidneys. General clinical analysis of urine may reveal the following anomalies:

  • increased amount of protein (might be related to the inflammatory process or the filtration/reabsorption in the kidneys);
  • elevated white blood cell count of the inflammatory process (most often it is the pyelonephritis – inflammation of the Cup-pelvis-plating system);
  • increased number of red blood cells occurs when the kidney stones, when the stone causes injury to the urinary tract.

Under the ribs

Pain under the ribs is usually associated with pathological processes that affect the spleen. It is the body, which helps to recycle damaged blood cells. Therefore, when various problems (leukemia), comes from its remarkable growth, which is associated with the stretching of its capsule. This is the reason for the pain, which is localized under the ribs on the left. Trauma of the spleen in the fall or the kick may also be the cause of this pain syndrome.

pain in the left side of the

Peptic ulcer of the stomach or duodenum can cause pain under the ribs on the left. The pain can be acute, which is indicative of various complications (penetration, perforation), or sore. Conducting fibrogastroduodenoscopy and tests to detect H. pylori (cause of stomach ulcers) you can set the final diagnosis.

We also wrote that the cause of the pain in the sternum in the middle of the symptoms, and examine what diseases can cause such discomfort.

When driving

Pain that is localized in the left behind and the growth of the movement, usually associated with the following reasons:

  • osteochondrosis;
  • myositis;
  • urinary stone disease.

Differential diagnosis of these pathological processes have been described above. For the detection of myositis is recommended in addition to the aim of the studies and electromyography.

Give your feet

Usually the pain radiates to the leg in the presence of substances in the urinary tract, neuralgia, and in the presence of intra-abdominal bleeding, the cause of which can be very different (peptic ulcer disease, ovarian apoplexy, disturbed ectopic pregnancy, trauma, etc.).Principles of diagnosis are similar to those already considered. If the pain increases when raising a straightened leg, this indicates a pathology of the nerve trunk (the so-called symptoms of excitement).

Thus, the reasons for which pain occurs behind and to the left, is very diverse. Their accurate detection is the key to successful treatment, which greatly improve the health of a person.