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Gas or constipation can cause pain on the left side of your stomach. In this video, Christine Bouchard, MD, a colorectal surgeon at Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Hospitals, explains what other conditions can cause pain in this part of your abdomen.
Most common diagnosis: Constipation
If you’re feeling full and bloated with dull, uncomfortable pain that can be felt in the lower left part of your abdomen (2-5:00 area), you’re likely feeling constipated. Between the hours of 2 and 5:00 on the abdominal clock is the location of your descending colon, where the final leg of bowel movements takes place. At this point, stool can become hard and dry - getting stuck in the turns of the descending colon.
What you can do: Drink more and add fiber to your diet. Next, consider OTC osmotic laxatives or a laxative containing magnesium citrate and alumina-magnesium in its ingredients. The magnesium brings water into your colon, softening stool and encouraging its movement through the descending colon. Don’t be embarrassed to ask a pharmacist for help when selecting a laxative. If there’s still no change in your constipation, see your doctor. Chronic constipation can be a symptom of bowel obstruction, hormone imbalance or deception.
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