July 15, 2014

Left vs. Right Back & Abdominal Pain in Women

Right vs. Left Side Back Pain in Women:

The majority of people will experience some form of back pain in their lifetime. In fact, it's known that back pain is the second leading cause of people missing work. In addition, women are even more likely to encounter chronic back pain than men. The discrepancy in the ratio of women to men back pain can be attributed to a variety of things. For example, pelvic structure, hormonal factors, pregnancy, and more. It can be difficult to understand what is causing your back pain or to distinguish between different conditions. Often times knowing what is happening to your back comes down to something as simple as the location of the pain.

Right vs. Left Upper Back Pain:

The upper back is also known as the thoracic spine region. The thoracic spine joins the cervical spine and extends down roughly five inches past the bottom of the shoulder blades.

Most right vs. left side upper back pain stimulates from poor posture, especially in women. Women are constantly moving carrying excess weight in uncomfortable positions. Often times, if you’re experiencing isolated upper right side back pain you are likely right handed. If you’re experiencing isolated upper left side back pain your are likely left handed. Thankfully, poor posture is easily corrected with many different forms of treatment.

At BraceAbility we offer a posture corrector that provides an effective and easy form of posture improvement. This posture corrector is completely adjustable, allowing you to customize the fit to your perfect size. If you’re experiencing this isolated right and left back pain due to poor posture and looking to get it resolved fast, consider joining us in our 21-day posture challenge here!

In most situations upper back pain is not serious and is lifestyle related, there are a few scenarios where female upper back pain could have a deeper meaning. For example, there can be a serious correlation between left side upper back pain and your heart. It’s common to have left arm, chest and upper back pain symptoms with heart-related conditions. If your pain is causing problems in your arm, chest, and upper back visit with a doctor immediately.

Lower Right vs. Left Side Back Pain in Females:

In general, lower left side back pain is more common than lower right side back pain in women. Often times lower back pain is found in the area directly above the hip and leg.

1. Lower Back Muscle Strain on the Left Side:

Muscle strain can happen on either the right or left side of the back. However, the pain is usually isolated to one side. This type of pain happens when a muscle in your left side is overstretched or torn. If you’re experiencing lower left side muscle strain the pain will most likely be a sudden onset. This type of pain will give you a limited range of movement and often times cause bruising or swelling. You can check out muscle sprain and strain treatment brace options here!

2. Lower Back Muscle Strain on the Right Side:

Muscle strain is likely going to feel the same whether or not it’s occurring on your left or right side lower back. The causes will be the same, in this case from the overstretching of a right lower back muscle.

3. Sciatica Pain in the Lower Left Back:

Your sciatica is the medical term referring to your sciatic nerve that runs down from your lower back, through the back of your legs to your feet. This type of pain can happen on either a women’s right or left side. However, the pain is usually isolated to one side. Most cases of left side lower back sciatica happen from inflammation or pressure from your back. Women usually describe this as deep, severe pain that starts low and shoots down the buttocks and legs.

4. Sciatica Pain the Lower Right Back:

Just as the sciatic pain caused on the lower left side, right side sciatic pain will feel similar. The clear difference is the location of the pain. In general, sciatica pain will often time get worse with prolonged sitting and standing.

Right vs. Left Abdomen Pain:

Abdominal pain is referred to as pain that occurs between the chest and pelvic region. This type of pain is often times crampy, achy, dull, or sharp in females. Often times right and left side back pain is associated with middle back pain or based on the organs in any given area. For example, in women ovarian cysts may be the culprit of your problem if your pain is isolated to either the lower right or lower left abdominal quadrant. Here is a list of common right vs. left side abdominal conditions based on a location of organs:

chart to show which part of you stomach hurts and possible diagnosis for the pain you are feeling

  • Top Causes of Upper Right Abdominal Pain

    1. Pancreatitis
    2. Stomach Ulcer
    3. Flu
  • Top Causes of Middle Right Abdominal Pain

    1. Kidney Stones
    2. Lumbar Hernia
    3. Flu
  • Top Causes of Lower Right Abdominal Pain

    1. Ovarian Cysts
    2. Appendicitis
    3. Pelvic Pain
    4. Groin Pain
    5. Flu
  • Top Causes of Upper Middle Abdominal Pain

    1. Stomach Ulcer
    2. Pancreatitis
    3. Gallstones
    4. Epigastric Hernia
  • Top Causes of Middle Abdominal Pain

    1. Pancreatitis
    2. Early Appendicitis
    3. Inflammatory Bowel
    4. Umbilical Hernia
  • Top Causes of Lower Abdominal Pain

    1. Appendicitis
    2. Pelvic Pain
    3. Inflammatory Bowel
  • Top Causes of Upper Left Abdominal Pain

    1. Stomach Ulcer
    2. Pancreatitis
    3. Flu
  • Top Causes of Middle Left Abdominal Pain

    1. Kidney Stones
    2. Lumbar Hernia
    3. Flu
  • Top Causes of Lower Left Abdominal Pain

    1. Ovarian Cysts
    2. Pelvic Pain
    3. Groin Pain

Right vs. Left Back Pain In Women Caused By Pregnancy:

It’s no surprise that pregnancy can cause a variety of back pain in women. Pregnancy can cause a great deal of stress on your back, leading to extreme pain, aching, and soreness. This pain usually increases as your pregnancy progresses because your baby is growing in size. However, don’t worry too much, there’s lots of steps and precautions you can take to prevent too much left and right side back pain during pregnancy. Check out our blog article here dedicated to remedies for pregnancy back pain!

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