One of the most frequent and regular problems experienced by people worldwide is abdominal pain. This discomfort can result from a wide range of problems; anything from just a bad case of gas to cancer. Recognizing the different types of pain, what causes them, and what it could mean for your body is one of the best things you can do to keep yourself and your family happy and healthy.
By definition, the abdomen is located just under the pectoral area down to your pelvis and contains all the organs necessary for digestion. Pain can stem from any of these organs for a multitude of reasons. In order to understand what could be causing the abdominal pain and if it’s serious, it’s good to have a basic knowledge of the organs it houses and where they’re located.
Lower left quadrant: Part of the colon can be found here, along with an ovary for women.
Lower right quadrant: Here you’ll find the rest of the colon, your appendix, and part of the small intestine as well as the other ovary in women.
Upper left quadrant: Part of the large intestine, part of your stomach, and the spleen are located here.
Upper right quadrant: Part of the large intestine along with the liver and gallbladder.
Middle section: Between the upper and lower quadrants is where you’ll find most of the stomach, the other part of the small intestine, and your pancreas.
Often times, gas and bloating from digestion are the culprits behind sporadic irritation in the belly. With the stomach, large intestine and small intestine taking up the majority of the abdomen, it’s easy to see how simple discomfort from some bad sushi could occur virtually anywhere within this area. In these instances, the pain will usually subside on its own in time.
However, if the pain you feel is persistent, tender when touched, or sharp (meaning it takes your breath away or wakes you up in the middle of the night) then there’s a chance it could be something more substantial than a little compressed methane. In fact, it could even be a symptom of something less obvious such as shingles, a muscle sprain or a heart attack.
Because of the complexity of the abdomen and the many, many possible causes for pain, anyone experiencing extreme aches should seek the advice of their physician to rule out any serious issues down the line.