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How to Deal with Pain in Lower Right Abdomen Effectively

By on July 27, 2012

Are you experiencing pain in your lower right abdomen? This pain can be very discomforting and actually spoil your day leading to a bed rest, hospital visit or worst case scenario death! Which leads me to ask what causes this kind of pain? Is it food? and what should one  do in-case you are faced with this kind of problem?

Am going to delve into the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of these kind of pains

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Abdominal Pains Explained

Causes of Pain in Lower Right Abdomen

Here is a list of various causes of Lower right abdominal pain

Causes of lower right abdominal pain include:

  • Appendicitis
  • Cancer
  • Cholecystitis (gallbladder inflammation)
  • Diverticulitis
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Endometriosis
  • Inguinal hernia
  • Injury
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Kidney infection
  • Kidney stones
  • Mittelschmerz (pain associated with ovulation)
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Salpingitis (inflammation of the fallopian tubes)
  • Seminal vesiculitis (inflammation of the seminal vesicles)
  • Thoracic aortic aneurysm
  • Tuboovarian abscess (pus-filled pocket involving a fallopian tube and an ovary)
  • Viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu) (stomach inflammation)

List extracted from Mayoclinic website

Lets try and examine some of the causes individually;

Appendicitis: Here is a brief description of Appendicitis by the government’s website


Last reviewed: July 22, 2011.

Appendicitis is swelling (inflammation) of the appendix. The appendix is a small pouch attached to the beginning of your large intestine.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Appendicitis is one of the most common causes of emergency abdominal surgery in the United States. It usually occurs when the appendix becomes blocked by feces, a foreign object, or rarely, a tumor.


The symptoms of appendicitis can vary. It can be hard to diagnose appendicitis in young children, the elderly, and women of childbearing age.

The first symptom is often pain around your belly button. (See: Abdominal pain) The pain may be minor at first, but it becomes more sharp and severe. Your appetite will be reduced, and you may have nausea, vomiting, and a low fever.

As the swelling in the appendix increases, the pain tends to move into your right lower abdomen. It focuses right above the appendix at a place called McBurney’s point. This most often occurs 12 to 24 hours after the illness starts.

If your appendix breaks open (ruptures), you may have less pain for a short time and you may feel better. However, once the lining of your abdominal cavity becomes swollen and infected (a condition called peritonitis), the pain gets worse and you become sicker.

Your pain may be worse when you walk or cough. You may prefer to lie still because sudden movement causes pain.

Later symptoms include: Chills, Constipation, Diarrhea, Fever, Nausea, Shaking and Vomiting as described here

Ectopic Pregnancy

This is one of the major causes of lower right abdominal pain and mayoclinic says this about it:

Pregnancy begins with a fertilized egg. Normally, the fertilized egg attaches itself to the lining of the uterus. With an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg implants somewhere outside the uterus.

An ectopic pregnancy typically occurs in one of the tubes that carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus (fallopian tubes). This type of ectopic pregnancy is known as a tubal pregnancy. In some cases, however, an ectopic pregnancy occurs in the abdominal cavity, ovary or neck of the uterus (cervix).

An ectopic pregnancy can’t proceed normally. The fertilized egg can’t survive, and the growing tissue might destroy various maternal structures. Left untreated, life-threatening blood loss is possible. Early treatment of an ectopic pregnancy can help preserve the chance for future healthy pregnancies. Read more Here

Ovarian Cysts

Here is an Overview of Ovarian Cysts by emedicine health

Ovarian cysts are small fluid-filled sacs that develop in a woman’s ovaries. Most cysts are harmless, but some may cause problems such as rupturing, bleeding, or pain; and surgery may be required to remove the cyst(s). It is important to understand the function of the ovaries and how these cysts may form.

More of the article here

Symptoms and How to Deal with Pain in Lower Right Abdomen


Here is a summary of the most common causes of right lower abdominal pain:

Cause Character of Pain Accompanying Symptoms Treatment/Remedy
Appendicitis Dull aching pain that becomes sharp, starts in the mid abdomen and shifts to the right lower region; tenderness, rebound tenderness Fever, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, constipation/diarrhea Surgical removal of appendix
Constipation Dull abdominal pain when there is failure to pass stools Straining, bloating and pressure in the rectum Passage of stools relieve symptoms; use laxatives, modify diet
Ovulation Pain Dull and cramp-like type of pain or sharp, sudden pain Occurs 2 weeks before period, with or without vaginal spotting Oral pain relievers, rest
Kidney Stones Flank pain may be sharp, comes in waves, fluctuating, spreads to back and groin Pain in urinating, pink, red or brown urine which may be cloudy and foul-smelling, nausea, vomiting, fever with chills, and frequent urination. Mild – none or analgesicsSevere – surgery
Kidney Infection lower abdominal pain, back pain, flank pain or groin pain persistent urge to urinate, painful urination, pus or blood in the urine, fever Antibiotic treatment
Ovarian Cysts Dull, aching, pelvic pain that may also radiate to the lower back and thigh. Irregular periods, heaviness, spotting, nausea, vomiting, pressure; sometimes none Mild pain – none, or analgesicsSevere – possible surgery
Ectopic Pregnancy Severe lower abdominal or pelvic pain Missed period, signs of pregnancy, vaginal bleeding Surgery

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Prevention and Treatment of Pain in Lower Right Abdomen

Some of the causes of Abdominal pain in the lower right side can be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle and keeping fit, abstaining from alcohol and maintaining a healthy diet. You can improve your lifestyle through eating well and exercising to keep your body in the best shape to deal with all kinds of illnesses.

However where the abdominal pain persists, one needs to consult a doctor and get checked so as to establish the exact cause of pain in the lower right abdomen.

Feel free to share with us your experiences regarding abdominal pains and we’ll be sure to respond appropriately.