Food-related pain in the abdomen is not the only kind shared by the sexes. Sometimes we pick up random viruses and bacterial infections from other people and develop gastroenteritis. Most of us know this illness by its more common name of stomach virus or stomach flu.
Since this illness is characterized by infectious diarrhea among other unpleasant symptoms, it may produce some very bad abdominal cramps before you recover from it.
While there are many severe abdominal cramps and pains caused by conditions that are easily treated and eased, there are some serious conditions that may cause you only mild pain when they begin.
Pain may not be your only notable symptom of disease. Other causes of pain in the abdomen for both sexes, particularly lower left abdominal pain, include kidney stones, Crohn’s disease, urinary tract infections, Ulcerative Colitis, appendicitis and hernias.
When women have pain in lower left abdomen and elsewhere it has a list of other potential causes. If you’re pregnant, this pain can signal a miscarriage.
You may be resigned to the pain you experience every month when you ovulate or have your menstrual cycle. Women experience pain when an ovarian cyst ruptures. It is also a symptom of endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, cystitis and cancer of any of the female reproductive organs.
We all know the warning sign of lower right abdominal pain for appendicitis and that a ruptured appendix can be fatal. The same is true of ectopic pregnancy on the verge of rupturing.
An ectopic, or tubal, pregnancy is one in which the fetus has attached to the inside of the fallopian tube instead of the uterus. When it outgrows the tube, it ruptures. This pregnancy is not a viable one and the fetus cannot be saved.