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How to Stop Left Side Back Pain After Eating

How to Stop Left Side Bасk Pain After Eating

Back pain —which affects an estimated 80% of all Americans at some time or another—can have many causes. Hоwеvеr, having pain іn  the left side оf the bасk after eating іѕ а symptom nоt experienced bу many. Uѕuаllу, the pain disappears after а couple оf minutes. Unfortunately there are cases when the pain keeps recurring.

Man experiences left side back pain
What left side back pain feels like

Consider this story of a man, I’ll call him Jack, who shared his experience in a forum about  this very subject. Jack states:

“The pain was under my ribs and the area would get tender to touch when I was in pain. It used to be so bad that I sometimes had to lie down to feel better.”

When Eating Worsens Back Pain

In fact it became so bad that he was wary of eating. I feel for Jack. He got an ultrasound and the doctor told him it was just gas. What a relief! But alas, no such luck. A few weeks later the poor fellow started getting very dizzy and anxious, and the pain returned on  the left side.

When Eating  Without  Back Pain  is Taken for Granted

Most of us look forward to a good meal, and  some of us take off  like a dog chasing a car when we need to go to the bathroom. However, no matter how much nature calls, there are people who dread a trip to the bathroom because they are afraid that their  back problem  will cause them to fall. So I can feel for someone  who looks at his or her next meal with anxiety.

Perhaps this is also your concern, and your freaking out about your pain because  you don’t know what’s causing it. This post aims to provide the answers.

Causes оf Bасk Pain after Meals

As most of you know, I am not big on science jargon. So plainly  speaking, here are some causes of back pain after meals: Your kidney and pancreas could be the culprits. These two important organs are housed on the left side of the abdomen. It looks like this:

This shows where the kidney and pancreas are housed
This is where you find the kidney and pancreas

Here’s the deal. Because they are really close to the digestive tract, when you eat you can put pressure on either of these organs and worsen the pain coming from them.

When Fluids Can Cause Left Side Back Pain After Eating—Diverticulitis

A condition called diverticulosis involves the formation оf fluid-filled pouches іn the colon wall. Thеѕе pouches аrе known аѕ diverticula. Thе inflammation оf the diverticula іѕ known аѕ diverticulitis.  “Diverticular disease occurs when the fibre content in the diet is low. If so, you’ll tend to develop higher pressures inside the bowel, which may be increased when you strain to pass a stool. The increased pressure is sufficient to literally cause areas of the bowel to ‘pop’ through the muscle lining.”[1]

This causes pain at the left side of the lower back. You know where I’m going right? Yeah, the pain spikes like crazy on eating meals.

When Bloating Can Signal  Back Pain After Eating–IBS

Technically, IBS is a functional disorder of the large intestine. Normally the muscle works in a coordinated fashion but if you have IBS, the muscles contract irregularly and tend to spasm causing alterations in bowel habit.

“The result is that the nerves in the gut and those controlling the gut are particularly sensitive. So something that would normally not pose a problem to most people, like a little intestinal gas, may cause you pain and bloating”[2]

Bloating can generate back pain
Woman experiencing back pain caused by abdominal bloating

Lactose Intolerance–When Milk Can Cause Back Pain

Lactose is a carbohydrate (natural sugar) found in all milk, including human milk. Lactose intolerance means you aren’t able to easily digest lactose because you do not have enough lactase in your system. Produced by your small intestine, this enz5mrie breaks down lactose in preparation for absorption into your bloodstream. Lactose intolerance саn cause abdominal cramps, which h саn lead tо lower left bасk pain after consuming а lot  of dairy products.

Trouble usually begins 30 minutes after eating or drinking foods that contain lactose. Common Signs and symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Abdominal Cramps

Home Remedies to Stop Back Pain After Eating

Eat а banana daily.  Mom was right when she insisted that I eat a banana every day. It  turns out that a banana can protect you against the damaging effects of acidity.

Drink plenty оf water. It flushes  out toxins and helps іn reducing bloating.

Try chewing gum. This tip surprised me, but it makes sense when you think about it. Chewing gum will increase the flow of saliva and help neutralize stomach acid.

Eat high-fiber fruits and vegetables, such as apples, legumes, and broccoli, and fully chew each bite of food. Limit your intake of stimulants, including coffee, soda, and cigarettes; these can tighten up the muscles around your spine.

Take ginger with  tea оr other foods. It will make it a whole lot easier to digest those fat-rich foods.

Learn to stress less—stop triggering your pain

Your emotions have a huge impact on your digestive system.” Researchers talk about the brain-gut axis. Many of the nerve-muscle messengers in the gut are similar to those in the brain, and reactions can be triggered by various emotions.”[3]

What this means is that when you’re stressed your digestive muscles just don’t work as well as they should. Digestive enzymes are secreted in smaller amounts and the passage of food waste through your digestive tract slows. This can cause bloating. Stress can also have the opposite effect of speeding the passage of food through your bowels, causing abdominal pain.

I have devoted several posts on the topic of managing stress. Generally speaking, you can stress less by doing things that will help you relax. These include meditation, gentle yoga, and taking a long walk or a soothing bath.

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It can be confusing  and depressing when eating results in pain  rather than pleasure. It’s natural to ask if anyone has had this before ? Can someone please give me advise on how I can start feeling normal again. I heard you and I hope this post has given you the answers that you were looking for.


to find  natural way to stop the stomach  problems that can lead to back pain after eating.

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1.“Digestion; Your in-depth introduction to common digestive problems.” Good Health, (Dec. 1, 2010)

2. Ibid



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4 thoughts on “How to Stop Left Side Back Pain After Eating

  1. Amazing article!! Never knew that this kind of backpain occurs after eating. I had this kind of back pain a lot of times but thought that they were muscle spasms. Thanks Thabo for your timely help to understand my body better.

    1. Hi Ani,
      Lots of people are surprised and at a lost as to why they would have back pain after eating. I’m glad I was able to provide some answers. Thanks for checking in.

  2. Hello Thabo,
    Great article! as the saying goes – you learn something new every day and thanks to you, I just did!
    I did not know about pain after eating, and now that explains a few unanswered questions that I had sometime ago. Pain as a direct result from eating. I love your tips and suggestions as well. I am BIG time lover of ginger – I cook meals with it, make tea, even use it in my hair routine!
    Beautiful website and so much useful information. Thanks so much for making a differnece.
    All the best.

    1. Hi Michelle,
      I’m glad you found the post useful. Interesting tip about using ginger in your hair routine. I didn’t know that about ginger. You’re right. You learn something new everyday. Thanks for sharing.

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