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

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

back pain

In the left side in the back in the lumbar region

Major groups of causes of pain in left side 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 in the musculoskeletal system, etc.

In determining the exact source of pain performed by the physician using both methods of objective research of the patient, and the designation of certain additional studies. More about this talk in the description of each kind of pain.

If discomfort associated with your back, then offer you a special set of exercises.

Above the waist

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

In order to confirm the failure of the pancreas, it is necessary to conduct biochemical analysis of blood reveals 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;
  • peace.

Confirm low back pain allows a detailed neurological examination, which revealed tenderness in the nerve roots. In difficult diagnostic cases, it is recommended to carry out a computer tomography or nuclear magnetic resonance.

Adrenal tumors can be identified either during an ultrasound or x-ray examination or during a CT-scan. The "gold" standard 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 that is inflammation in 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 have this localization, are diseases of the urinary system. For their identification it is recommended to conduct General clinical analysis of urine, as well as ultrasound of the kidneys. General clinical analysis of urine may reveal the following types of deviations:

  • an increased amount of protein (might be related to inflammatory process or the filtration/reabsorption in the kidneys);
  • elevated white blood cell count tells about the inflammatory process (most often it is the pyelonephritis – inflammation of the Cup-pelvis-plating system);
  • an increased 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 pain, which is localized under the ribs on the left. Trauma of the spleen in the fall or the kick may also be the cause of this pain syndrome.

pain in left side

Peptic ulcer of the stomach or duodenum can cause pain under the ribs on the left. Pain can be acute, which is indicative of various complications (penetration, perforation), or aching. Conducting fibrogastroduodenoscopy and tests for detection of H. pylori (cause of peptic ulcers) allows you to set the final diagnosis.

We also wrote about the causes of pain in sternum in the middle — the symptoms, and will examine what diseases can cause such discomfort.

When driving

Pain that is localized to 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 can 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 a straightened 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 successful treatment, which will greatly improve the health of the person.