Abdominal pain is one of the most common complaints that takes you to a doctor’s clinic. Sometimes the pain in the lower left and left abdomen occurs only in certain cases, such as lower and left abdominal pain that occurs when coughing or sneezing is both annoying and worrying. Sometimes your doctor forces you to use imaging techniques such as CT scans to find out the cause of your abdominal pain.
In the following we will tell you about the “Pain in lower left abdomen when coughing or sneezing”
Causes of lower and left abdominal pain
If you experience lower back and left abdominal pain following sneezing or coughing, or while laughing and lifting a heavy object, we must say that you may have a hernia, the lower abdomen is a very common site for hernias. Lower and left abdominal pain can be a sign of critical and high-risk conditions such as intestinal torsion, intestinal perforation, insufficient blood flow to the intestines (ischemia), and rupture of the abdominal aortic aneurysm, which can be very fatal.
Hernias can cause pain in the lower left abdomen when coughing or sneezing.
What is a hernia?
An abnormal outgrowth of part of the tissue of an organ is called a hernia. The abdomen is the most common site for hernias, meaning that it is very common for parts of the intestines to use the weak muscle wall of the abdomen and move out of their original position, or the intestines to use the weakness of the lower abdominal muscles and enter the groin. Inguinal hernia is the most common groin hernia which can cause lower abdominal pain when sneezing or coughing or lifting a heavy object or straining during defecation
In this hernia, part of the right or left intestine comes out of the muscles of the lower abdominal wall and enters the scrotum. This hernia is called inguinal, and if part of the intestine enters the inner groin, the hernia is called femoral hernia.
If these hernias occur, whether abdominal hernias or inguinal and femoral hernias on the left side of your abdomen, you will have lower and left abdominal pain when sneezing and coughing.
Cause of inguinal and femoral hernia
Weakness of the abdominal wall muscles is the main cause of these hernias. This weakness may be present at birth or later with age and recurrence of stretching in these areas due to unprincipled exercise, pregnancy and obesity. Hernias are more common in people with a history of chronic constipation due to more muscle tension.
Incisional hernia can also be the cause of pain in the lower left abdomen when coughing or sneezing:
If you have a history of surgical incisions in the left and lower abdomen, parts of the intestines may be able to overcome the weakness created at the incision site and protrude under the skin, especially when sneezing and coughing and lifting heavy objects and pushing. Cause pain in the lower and left abdomen.
These hernias that form at the site of the previous incision are called incisional hernias.
General symptoms of hernias
If you have a hernia, you will typically feel mild pain, or a slight pressure at the site of the hernia, and this pain and pressure will increase during certain activities, leading to a feeling of more severe pain.
These activities include:
- Lifting a heavy object
- Strain when defecating
- Laughing or crying forceful
So some abdominal hernias as well as groin hernias such as inguinal hernia and femoral hernia, if they occur on the left side, can cause lower and left abdominal pain when sneezing and coughing.
Could the cause of lower and left abdominal pain when sneezing and coughing be from the pelvis?
Yes, it may be due to pain in the lower left side of your abdomen, especially when sneezing and coughing, or it gets worse from the pelvis.
The human pelvic at the bottom is covered by specific muscles that strengthen the pelvic from below in general, if this muscle scaffold becomes weak for various reasons, including repeated deliveries, surgeries, aging, chronic constipation, obesity, etc. In addition to the fact that you may experience urinary and anal incontinence, you may feel pain in the lower abdomen and on the right or left side with each cough or sneeze.
In addition, the recurrence of chronic coughs as well as severe coughs on their own can strain and overuse the abdominal muscles and cause you to feel lower abdominal pain.
Lower and left abdominal pain in women
In pregnant women, the cause of lower and left abdominal pain can be stretching of the ligaments that hold the uterus. As the uterus gets larger during pregnancy, the ligaments that attach to the uterus are stretched. In this case, the pregnant woman may experience lower back and left abdominal pain or lower and right abdominal pain by sneezing and coughing, lifting objects, crying and laughing forcefully, and straining due to constipation.
Other factors that can be associated with left and lower abdominal pain include:
Inflammation of the intestinal diverticula is called diverticulitis.
Diuretics are small, benign sacs in the lining of the large intestine
These diverticula often develop in the left side of the colon in the elderly, and are usually asymptomatic until they become inflamed.
- Causes related to the digestive system:
Any movement and function disorder of the large intestine in the lower and left abdomen, chronic constipation, bloating, intestinal obstruction.
- Painful rashes with itching and sensitivity to touch and burning
- Inflammation of the skin in the lower and left abdomen
- Ovarian cysts and ovarian torsion and PID in women
- orchiditis or inflammation of the testicles and torsion of the testicles in men
- In rare cases appendicitis
The reasons mentioned above are not necessarily associated with lower abdominal pain when coughing or sneezing, but can be exacerbated when sneezing and coughing.
What cases of lower and left abdominal pain when sneezing and coughing need to see a doctor?
- If you experience recurrence of pain and the interval between pain attacks is reduced
- If the pain intensity is increasing and progressing
- If there is fever and lethargy
- If the pain has become unbearable
- If you have blood in your stool
- If you do not have bowel movements or gas
- If you have high blood pressure
- If you have a bulge in your groin or abdomen
Be sure to see a doctor.
Take immediate visits to well-equipped treatment centers for pain, bleeding, and flatulence.