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

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

pain in the back

On the left side in the back in the lumbar region

The main group of causes of pain in left side of back can be:

  • kidney and urinary tract;
  • 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 the pain the doctor with the use of both methods of objective research of the patient and the determination of some additional studies. More about this talk in the description of each type of pain.

If discomfort associated with your back, then 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 (most likely its inflammation — pancreatitis);
  2. osteochondrosis (degenerative disease of the spine, which is accompanied by a decrease in height of intervertebral discs);
  3. the defeat of the adrenal glands (most often the adrenal gland, can affect the tumor process, which leads to pain).

In order to confirm the failure of the pancreas, which is necessary for performing the biochemical analysis of blood show increased activity of the enzymes of the pancreas (amylase, lipase, trypsin, etc..). The appointment of appropriate treatment contributes to the interruption of a pathological process. If you want to do this, the following principles shall apply:

  • cold;
  • hunger;
  • peace.

Confirm, lower back pain, allows for an accurate 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 behind and below it, you need to think about the following reasons:

  1. intestinal damage (often there is colitis that 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 within the spine).

The most common cause of pain, this localization, diseases of the urinary tract. For their identification, it is recommended to carry out a 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 may be associated with the inflammatory process or the filtration/reabsorption in the kidneys);
  • elevated white blood cell count tells about the inflammatory process (most often for pyelonephritis – inflammation of the Cup-pelvis-plating system);
  • an increased amount of red blood cells that occurs when kidney stones, when the stone causes injury to the urinary tract.

Under the ribs

Pain under the ribs, that is usually associated with pathological processes that affect the spleen. This is the body, which helps to recycle damaged blood cells. Therefore, when various problems (leukemia), which has its significant increase, which is coupled with the stretching of its capsule. This is the cause of that pain, which is localized in the ribs on the left side. Damage to 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 in the ribs on the left side. The pain can be acute, which points to the various complications (penetration, perforation), or hurt. The implementation of fibrogastroduodenoscopy and tests for the detection of H. pylori (cause of peptic ulcers) allows you to set the final diagnosis.

We also wrote about the causes of pain in the sternum in the middle — the symptoms, and will consider what a disease, which can cause both 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 the differential diagnosis of these pathological processes described above. For the detection of myositis recommended in addition to the objective of the study and electromyography.

Gives leg

Usually the pain radiates to the leg in the presence of the substance 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, a disorder of ectopic pregnancy, injury, etc).The principles of diagnosis are similar to those already in force. If pain increases when raising a straightened leg, this means pathology of the nerve trunk (the so-called symptom of tension).

So, 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 significantly improve the health of the person.