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what causes pains in the left side of the stomach

By Anonymous June 14, 2011 - 8:32pm
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i have this pain in the left side ofmy stomach when i breath in and exhale the pain happens like sharp pains for a second goes off and on

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Hi Anon,

Thanks for posting. There are many reasons why you may be feeling pain on your left side--

Causes of upper left abdominal pain include:

Angina (reduced blood flow to the heart)
Empyema (infection of the lining around the lungs)
Enlarged spleen (splenomegaly)
Fecal impaction (hardened stool that can't be eliminated)
Gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining)
Heart attack
Hiatal hernia
Kidney infection
Kidney stones
Pancreatitis (pancreas inflammation)
Pulmonary infarction (loss of blood flow to the lungs)
Pyloric stenosis (in infants)
Ruptured spleen
Spleen infection
Splenic abscess (pus-filled pocket in the spleen)
Thoracic aortic aneurysm
Torn colon

If something is inflamed, then this could be why it hurts upon breathing-- since you may be causing a rub. Visiting your doctor and pinpointing exactly where it hurts may help diagnose and treat you. Unfortunately, we can only give you possibilities. Hope the list helps!


June 15, 2011 - 6:58am
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