Pain in the side

Pain in the side – it’s a pain, localized to the right or left side. Its appearance is often a symptom of an illness.

Causes of pain

Pain in the upper body can be caused by damage to the ribs, lung or heart. With heart disease the pain is most often localized in the left side of chest. In addition, pain may radiate to the side and in diseases of the thoracic spine. The causes of pain in the lower body are usually the kidney disease. Side can also hurt in diseases of the gall bladder, intestine, liver, spleen, problems in women with ovarian.

Kidney disease

Typically, renal colic can be accurately diagnose the nature of pain, which in this case is not prolonged, accompanied by bouts. The pain radiates from the waist to the side and groin. Renal colic in most cases is the presence of kidney stones. In addition, renal colic may occur due to slowing of blood flow (blood clots) due to the bounce in the upper or lower torso. There are many diseases of the kidneys, which are characterized not renal colic, and the dull prolonged pain. Typically, this pain is in the pyelitis (inflammation of the renal pelvis). Pain in the kidneys in chronic kidney diseases and tuberculosis are rare. Pain in your side can also be accompanied by a serious illness, like kidney cancer.

Spinal diseases

Flank pain may occur as a result of wear and tear of the lumbar vertebrae, at least the thoracic spine. In this case, the pain arises from spinal nerves of infringement, leaving the spinal canal. Malaises usually occur during the motion.

Diseases of the spleen

Chronic infections and many cancers are accompanied by an enlarged spleen. Pain signals from the capsule of the spleen, the brain receive and then appear in the left side. From there, dull pain may radiate to the lower abdomen patient.


Zoster (Latin herpes zoster) – a viral disease characterized by lesions mainly spinal and cerebral ganglion. Shingles is accompanied by a very nasty pain at the site of future eruptions. Disease may progress to a chronic form, particularly in the elderly.


Paroxysmal pains are characteristic, not only for kidney stones, but also for gallstone disease. In this case, there is a strong pain in the right upper quadrant and epigastric region, radiating to the back and right shoulder blade. Pain arises out of or exacerbated by eating and after administration of fatty foods.

Pain, sometimes occurring during exercise, usually is not a symptom of the disease. It is assumed that it comes from the accumulation of blood in the liver and the overdistension of the capsule. But after a while the blood flow to normal and the pain goes away.