Cancer, diverticulitis, appendicitis, and issues with the cervix such as growths on the cervix, cervical infection and an inflamed cervix are common causes of intestinal pain in the lower left abdomen, as reported by Mayo Clinic. Other possible causes include hernia, kidney stones and intestinal obstruction.
Chronic pain in the lower left abdomen is a symptom of diverticulitis, according to Mayo Clinic. The small intestine experiences waves of cramping pain due to muscle contractions and distention of the small intestine. This pain can last for months and sometimes even years.
A physician performs an abdominal exam in order to determine the cause of abdominal pain, states MedicineNet. Any localized tenderness along with other symptoms, such as blood in the stool or urine, prompts further diagnostic testing.