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

It can be both the locking of the muscles of the back due to the subjection of any of the vertebrae and diseases of the internal organs. More on that later.

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On the left side in the back in the lumbar region

The major groups of causes of pain in left side of back can be:

  • kidney and urinary system;
  • the defeat of the spleen;
  • the pathological process in the digestive system;
  • diseases of the spine;
  • pathological processes of the musculoskeletal system, etc.

In the determination of the exact source of pain that made the doctor by means of the two methods of objective research of the patient, and the designation of certain additional studies. More information about this talk in the description of each type of pain.

If the discomfort associated with his back, then, we offer you a special set of exercises.

Above the waist

If the pain occurs 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 (more likely is that the inflammation of pancreatitis);
  2. osteochondrosis (degenerative disease of the spine, which is accompanied by the decrease of height of intervertebral discs);
  3. the defeat of the adrenal glands (most often the adrenal glands can be affected tumor process that leads to pain).

In order to confirm the failure of the pancreas, which is necessary to carry out the biochemical analysis of blood reveals an increased activity of pancreatic enzymes (amylase, lipase, trypsin, etc.). The appointment of appropriate treatment contributes to the interruption of the pathological process. To do this, the following principles apply:

  • cold;
  • hunger;
  • of the peace.

Confirm low back pain, allows for a detailed neurological examination, which revealed tenderness in the nerve roots. In difficult diagnostic cases, it is recommended to perform a ct scan or nuclear magnetic resonance.

Adrenal Tumors can be identified, either during an ultrasound or x-ray examination or during a CT-scan. The "gold" level of diagnosis of any cancer process is histological examination.


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

  1. the intestinal damage (often it is colitis which is inflammation of the colon);
  2. pathology of the kidney (pyelonephritis or urolithiasis);
  3. osteochondrosis of the spine;
  4. myositis (particularly if the pain is localized in the course of the spine).

The most common cause of pain that has this location, are the diseases of the urinary system. For their identification it is recommended to carry out General clinical analysis of urine, as well as ultrasound of the kidneys. General clinical analysis of urine can show the following types of deviations:

  • an increase in the amount of protein (could be related to an inflammatory process or the filtration/reabsorption in the kidneys);
  • high white blood cell count says about the inflammatory process (most often it is the pyelonephritis – inflammation of the Cup-pelvis-plating system);
  • an increase in the amount of red blood cells occurs when 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 organ that helps to recycle damaged blood cells. Therefore, when various problems (leukemia) takes its significant increase, which is accompanied by a stretching of its capsule. This is the cause of the pain, that is located under the ribs, on the left. The Trauma of the spleen in the fall or the kick may also be the cause of this pain syndrome.

pain in left side

Case of ulcer of stomach or duodenum can cause pain under the ribs, on the left. The pain can be acute, which is indicative of complications (penetration, perforation), or pain. Carrying out fibrogastroduodenoscopy and tests for the detection of H. pylori (cause of case of ulcers) allows you to set the definitive diagnosis.

He also wrote about the causes of pain in sternum in the middle of the symptoms, and to examine what diseases can cause these symptoms.

When driving

The pain is localized in the left rear and increases with movement, usually associated with the following reasons:

  • osteochondrosis;
  • myositis;
  • urolithiasis.

As a differential diagnosis of these pathological processes described above. For the detection of myositis recommended in addition to objective studies and electromyography.

Gives to leg

Usually the pain radiates to the leg in the presence of substances in the urinary system, neuralgia, and in the presence of intra-abdominal bleeding, the cause of which may 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 the right leg, this indicates pathology of the nerve trunk (the so-called symptom of tension).

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