Introduction to spleen pain
Symptoms of spleen pain should not be overlooked, because they can sometimes be pointing to an underlying problem or condition.
The spleen is a very important organ in the human immune system. It has many functions, for example, it destroys old and worn out red blood cells and it produces new red and white blood cells as well.
It is a very important organ for fighting off infections. When a person has spleen problems, they will usually experience significant pain and discomfort.
There are many things that can cause spleen pain and among them are sepsis, systemic infections, splenomegaly and a ruptured spleen.
It is important to identify the symptoms of spleen pain in order to get a proper diagnosis for treating the root of the problem.
Even though pain itself is a symptom, there are many other symptoms that can follow the pain.
Most of these symptoms, along with the pain, will occur in the upper left region of the abdomen, and then start to spread and radiate to other parts of the abdomen and body.
If the pain is being caused by an enlarged spleen or liver, then the person might feel full after only eating a small amount of food. This happens because the enlarged organs will press on the stomach, which in effect, will suppress the appetite.
If the pain starts to radiate, then a person might be more susceptible to infections diseases, because the immune system will be weakened as a result of the problems that the spleen is encountering.
Sometimes pain in the chest will accompany the abdominal pain. The chest pain is similar to pleuritic pain which occurs when the stomach, bladder or bowels are full. This usually occurs when the spleen pain is being caused by an enlarged spleen.
Back pain can also occur sometimes, and it will also produce a swelling on the left side or middle of the back, which usually occurs when a person has a ruptured spleen.
If there is a chest pain, then there might also be some shoulder pain. This is caused usually by stress on the lungs during breathing and the way the ribs and lungs are moving towards the region of the spleen when breathing.
A person with spleen problems could also experience low blood pressure. This is because the spleen is no longer producing the same amount of red and white blood cells when it is going through problems.