Lower abdominal pain may have a variety of causes, including infectious diseases, digestive disorders and chronic diseases. According to the Mayo Clinic, the cause of lower abdominal pain may be difficult to diagnose unless it is accompanied by other symptoms. Men with lower abdominal pain that gets worse or does not improve should seek medical treatment.
Lower abdominal pain that is accompanied by abdominal swelling, fever, nausea or vomiting suggests appendicitis. Appendicitis pain may begin around your belly button and then migrate to the lower right quadrant. Appendicitis pain does not go away and may get worse with movement, coughing or walking. If you are experiencing these symptoms, consult your health care provider immediately as appendicitis requires medical treatment.
Kidney stones may be present and cause no problem or symptoms. If a stone becomes a problem, men will often feel extreme pain in the back or side area or in the lower abdomen. The pain may feel very intense, cramping and sharp. Nausea and vomiting may also be present, and there may be blood in the urine, tinging it pink. The man may feel the need to urinate more often or feel a burning sensation upon urination. Consult your health care provider if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. If fever and chills are present, contact your health care provider immediately.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Men with lower abdominal pain, gas and alternating constipation with severe diarrhea may have irritable bowel syndrome. Keep a running log of your symptoms, diet and other pertinent information to share with your health care provider to help in diagnosing your issue.
Seminal vesiculitis is an inflammation of the seminal vesicles that may cause lower abdominal pain in men. Seminal vesiculitis is often caused by prostatitis, or an inflamed prostate.
Cystitis is inflammation of the bladder that may be caused by a urinary tract infection. Symptoms include lower abdominal pain and painful urination. Cystitis may also cause urinary frequency and urgency, the sensation of needing to urinate often and immediately.
Pain in the lower abdomen that is accompanied by bloody diarrhea, joint pain, rashes on the skin, mouth sores and weight loss may indicate ulcerative colitis (UC), an inflammatory bowel disorder. UC requires medical treatment, so you should contact your health care provider if you have symptoms of this condition.