Lower abdominal pain in men can be caused by a variety of reasons. The lower abdomen is comprised of the small intestines, large intestines, appendix, rectum, urinary system (urinary bladders, ureters and kidneys) and reproductive system (seminal vesicles and prostate). If any of these organs are affected, they may cause pain in the abdomen. Damaged abdominal wall and pelvic floor can also cause pain in the abdomen.
Health Issues Related To Lower Abdominal Pain
Lower abdominal pain in men may indicate a more serious health issue such as:
- Abdominal aneurysm
- Cancer of the bladder
- Gall stones
- Kidney stones
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infection
- Acute Pancreatitis
- Prostate swelling
Treatment for Abdominal Pain
In most cases, abdominal pain is not a cause of worry but it does bring a lot of discomfort and it prevents you from performing your daily tasks. There are simple home remedies that you can perform to help alleviate abdominal pain:
- Hot compress the area where the pain emanates.
- Gently massage or rub the affected area to increase blood flow.
- Some topical, over-the-counter pain relievers are available.
- You may take a warm bath or a warm Sitz bath for 15 to 20 minutes to help relax your abdominal muscles, increase blood flow and reduce the pain.
- Refrain from eating fatty and oily foods to prevent the pain from aggravating.
- Alcoholic beverages and smoking may also increase abdominal pain so it is best to stop consuming them.
- Drink more water. Keeping yourself hydrated is important to avoid further complications.
Lower abdominal pain especially on the left side can be an early symptom of liver cancer. Most patients diagnosed with liver cancer remembered complaining about stomach aches and stomach cramps many times over, their doctors thought they have ulcer. Liver cancer causes inflammation of the spleen which results to abdominal pain or a dull pain on the lower left area of the abdomen.
Another early sign of liver cancer is feeling full fast without actually eating much and pain in the abdomen that feels like heartburn or gas. This pain is usually treated with an antacid that is why most people mistake it as just acid in the gut. The exact cause of lower abdominal pain in men should be examined for proper treatment and prevention.