How to Understand What Really Causes You Pain

It often happens that we can only guess what's wrong with our body when something starts to ache.

We at Bright Side decided to find out what kind of ache or pain is associated with each organ. Please note, however, that this information is of an introductory kind and shouldn't be taken as a strict guide.


If something is wrong with the heart, a person feels compressing pain in the chest that can spread to the left arm, shoulder blade, and part of the neck. Unlike other kinds of pain, heart pain isn't associated with movement or breath.


Kidney pain can sometimes be confused with simple backache. The difference is that kidney pain is deeper under the ribs, while muscle pain is usually lower.

Kidney pain may also travel to the legs.

Small intestine

Problems with the small intestine usually cause pain in the navel region. If the pain persists and causes discomfort when bending or walking, don't put off a visit to a doctor.

Large intestine

Issues with this organ are usually associated with pain in the lower abdomen, closer to the right side. Regular constipation is also a characteristic feature.


The lungs themselves don't feel pain due to a lack of nerve endings. But if something's wrong with them, you may feel a dull ache in your chest.

A cough and difficulty breathing are also symptoms of lung problems.


The appendix is located in the lower right region of the abdomen, but pain may affect the whole stomach area or its separate parts.

The pain may also travel to your right thigh. Other signs of issues with the appendix are nausea, vomiting, fever, and constipation or diarrhea.


Gastric problems cause pain in the middle abdominal region above the ribs and can also appear on the same level in the back.

It's worth noting that gastric or esophageal pains are often confused with heart pain. Only a doctor can help you find out the truth in this case.

Gallbladder and liver

Gallbladder and liver problems may cause pain in the upper right region of the abdomen. It can also travel to the same place in the back.

Liver issues are also associated with a wide range of symptoms, such as a sour taste in the mouth and jaundice.


Pancreatic problems are indicated by pain in the middle part of the upper abdominal region. However, a less intense pain may also travel to the whole stomach.

If it's really the pancreas that's causing it, the pain will become worse when you lie on your back and after a meal.

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