ZocdocAnswersCan UTI be the cause of lower left abdominal discomfort that goes from left to right?

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Can UTI be the cause of lower left abdominal discomfort that goes from left to right?

The discomfort is more constant on the left. Also am constipated for 2 days now. I have both UTI and constipation..

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I recommend that you schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. The typical symptoms of a UTI include pelvic discomfort (usually in the middle, but occasionally can be on either side), burning with urination, sudden urinary urgency, and sometimes fever. If the infection moves up into the kidneys, it usually also causes back pain, fevers, and shaking chills. Constipation can also cause abdominal pain, but this pain can be almost anywhere. Pain in the left lower area of the abdomen is common because that is where you would find the end of the colon which is where stool would sit when constipated. Ovarian cysts can also cause pain and discomfort in that area. Please schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. Your doctor will want to first get a urine test to see if you have a urinary tract infection. If you do, you will be started on antibiotics. Your doctor might also get an ultrasound of your kidneys to rule out an abscess. Since your pain is left sided, you might also need to have a pelvic ultrasound done to rule out an ovarian cyst or other cause of your pain (assuming you are female). If you are assessed to be constipated, then the first step is to try some stool softeners and mild laxatives.

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