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Causes of Mid to Lower Abdominal Pain

Updated November 21, 2016

Abdominal pain refers to feelings of discomfort in the abdomen, the section of your body that starts at the chest and extends down to the pelvis. Abdominal pain can be chronic, meaning long-term and reoccurring, or acute, meaning severe but short-lived. Common causes of mid to lower abdominal pain include food allergies, physical injury and medical illness, or disease such as appendicitis, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, Crohn's disease and pancreatitis.

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Lower Abdominal Pain

Pain in the lower abdomen, also described as pelvic pain, can be caused by appendicitis, bladder inflammation (cystitis), diverticulitis, obstruction in the intestine, ectopic pregnancy, endometriosis, ovulation, ovarian cysts, pelvic inflammatory disease and salpingitis.

Mid Abdominal Pain

Mid abdominal pain can be caused by aortic aneurysm, appendicitis, diabetic ketoacidosis, physical injury, obstruction of the intestines, blood clots, pancreatitis and uremia.

Lower Left Abdominal Pain

Causes of lower left abdominal pain include aortic aneurysm, appendicitis, cancer, Crohn's disease, diverticulitis, ectopic pregnancy, endometriosis, inguinal hernia, physical injury, obstruction of the intestine, kidney infection, kidney stones, ovulation, ovarian cysts, seminal vesiculitis, colon injuries, tubo-ovarian abscess and ulcerative colitis.

Lower Right Abdominal Pain

Causes of lower right abdominal pain can include aortic aneurysm, appendicitis, cancer, cholecystitis, diverticulitis, ectopic pregnancy, endometriosis, inguinal hernia, physical injury, obstruction of the intestines, kidney infection, kidney stones, ovulation, ovarian cysts, salpingitis, seminal vesiculitis, tubo-ovarian abscess, stomach flu and stomach inflammation.

Expert Insight

While most instances of abdominal pain do not warrant emergency care, individuals who experience symptoms of bloody bowl movements or diarrhoea, or intolerable pain in conjunction with the abdominal pain should seek immediate medical assistance. Also call a doctor if the pain is resulting from a physical injury.

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About the Author

Lindsay Nixon has been writing since 2007. Her work has appeared in "Vegetarian Times," "Women's Health Magazine" and online for The Huffington Post. She is also a published author, lawyer and certified personal trainer. Nixon has two Bachelors of Arts in classics and communications from the College of Charleston and a Juris Doctor from the New England School of Law.

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