Rumbling on Left Side of Stomach— 8 Unusual Causes, Treatment & Home Remedies!

Sometimes you lay on your bed or couch, and suddenly what do you hear? Growl, growl! Sound emerges from your stomach. It may be embarrassing when loud, but usually, it is heard by you only. 

But, what is the cause of the rumbling on left side of stomach?

Typically, the stomach grows or rumbles when it is digesting food. Actually, guts muscles contraction may make a growling sound that you often hear. On the whole, stomach noises are normal, but abnormal loud sounds are the indication of some underlying condition. For instance: food intolerance or gut obstruction may make weird sounds in the stomach. 

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Let’s find the usual and unusual causes of stomach noises and rumbling on left side of stomach!

What Causes Rumbling on Left Side of Stomach?

The digestive tract is a hollow tube through which food is processed and excreted. So, food motion, gas production, and bowel movement can make noise or vibrations in the tummy. Moreover, stomach illness may also result in stomach pain and noise on the left side. 

Let’s dig all the factors in detail!

Hunger Pang

The pain and gnawing sensation that you often feel in the upper left side of your stomach is mostly hunger pangs. It is a condition in which your stomach muscles produce muscular contractions in response to emptiness or cravings. 

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You may experience a strong urge to eat something, primarily due to hormonal changes in the body. Following are a few signs of hunger pain in the body:

  • Craving of certain foods
  • Gnawing or rumbling sensation in the stomach
  • Headache and nausea
  • Irritability

Related to read: What Does the Gurgling Sound on the Left Side of the Stomach Mean?

Borborygmi

Basically, borborygmi is a noise that comes from your stomach. It is characterized by rumbling or growling sounds that your gut makes when gas, food, or fluid passes through it. Anyhow, it is not a disease.

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The phenomenon is generally considered normal during digestion. Occasionally, it may cause medical conditions. But, you can avoid it by eating small meals, drinking plenty of water, and eating fiber-rich food. 

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Indigestion

Sometimes indigestion may lead to a weird sensation in the stomach. In general, gurgling in the upper left side of the abdomen happens due to a heartburn condition – stomach acid tries to reflux back in the esophagus. You get indigestion due to poor dietary habits or stomach illness. 

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Following are a few signs of indigestion:

  • Loud stomach gurgling
  • Early satiety
  • Burning or discomfort in your upper stomach

You can prevent indigestion gurgling by taking a short walk. Moreover, for stomach pain or heartburn with stomach noise, antacids can help. Also, probiotic food can help as well!

Related to read: That Weird Feeling in Your Stomach and How to Get Rid of It

Bowel Obstruction

In some cases, a regular or irregular bowel movement may lead to odd stomach noises. Such as in conditions of hyperactive bowel sounds may lead to rumbling in the stomach. 

Typically, you’re more likely to hear high-pitched sounds from diarrhea due to water splashing in the gut. Sometimes, the bowel sounds may co-occur with bloating, pain, and lack of bowel motion. However, constipation may also give you vibratory feelings in the stomach. 

bowel-obstruction

It is often caused by malnutrition or dehydration. But it can also be an emergency condition such as IBS, ulcer, or Crohn’s disease.

In most cases, you can cure mild bowel obstruction by changing your lifestyle or taking certain medications. Nonetheless, severe cases may require intravenous fluids, NPO, or bowel decompression through a nasogastric tube.

Food Intolerance

In some cases, a very noisy stomach after eating something may indicate food intolerance or allergy. It is the condition in which your body gives you an adverse physical reaction towards a specific food or ingredient. Typically, lactose, and gluten allergies are common. 

Food intolerance often leads to the gas and fluid buildup in the gut, which results in excessive borborygmi or gut muscles contraction that leads to the rumble in the stomach. 

food-intolerance

Besides rumbling in the stomach, food intolerance manifests as tummy pain, headaches, nausea, bloating, and even vertigo. However, avoiding food allergens may help to control your allergies. 

Moreover, OTC drugs like antidiarrheals or antacids help lower food allergy symptoms.

Related to read: Why Do You Have Headaches and Nausea After Eating? Causes and Treatment!

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Another possible reason for the abdominal sounds and growling is a condition known as IBS. It is a common stomach disorder that conventional doctors typically ignore. However, it can be a culprit. Following are a few most apparent signs of IB syndrome.

  • Harder or looser bowel movements.
  • Mucus in poop
  • Excess gas production
  • Stomach discomfort

IBS is an incurable disease, but you can lower its symptoms with the help of dietary and lifestyle changes along with prescribed medicines. 

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Gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis or stomach flu is an uncommon condition that causes the lining of the stomach and intestines to become inflamed or irritated. Viruses or bacteria mainly cause it.

The chances of diarrhea or food regurgitation are more significant in such a condition. Hence, constant rumbling or growling may be a symptom of diarrhea and intestine gas. 

gastroenteritis

Moreover, here are a few signs that help you to diagnose gastroenteritis at home: 

  • Projectile vomiting
  • Fever
  • Aching limbs
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headaches

To treat gastroenteritis, you may need to visit a doctor and take proper medical treatment along with a healthy diet. 

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Diverticulitis

Diverticular disease is highly prevalent in western countries, particularly diverticulitis. It is another reason for strange stomach noises, rumbling sensation, or even lead to stomach pain. 

Diverticulitis is a discomforting condition in which the intestinal pouches (diverticula) become enlarged or inflamed. Often this condition is mild, but if left untreated, it may lead to severe infections or perforations of the bowel lining. 

diverticulitis

Changing your diet and lifestyle may be enough to treat mild diverticulitis. If you have a chronic condition, you may need hospital supervision to receive IV antibiotics or to draw an abscess if necessary. 

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How to Stop Stomach Growling Immediately?

No doubt, stomach growling may happen due to a variety of reasons, but it is completely normal. So, you treat it efficiently with an appropriate diet and lifestyle change. Here are a few tips to stop stomach rumbling after or before eating:

  • Drink water—water helps fill up the stomach bag and aids digestion.
  • If your stomach muffles due to hunger, it is good to eat something. 
  • Taking small bites and chewing more helps avoid stomach noises and indigestion. 
  • Avoid the foods you’re allergic to. Moreover, limit caffeine, alcohol, sugary beverages, and gas-triggering food. 
  • Reduce the intake of acidic food.
  • Be careful not to overeat or under eat.
  • Don’t lay immediately after eating. Instead, take a short stroll.
  • Stay away from stress and depression. With stress, not only you lose your stomach health, but also your mental health will suffer. 

When to See a Doctor?

As I mentioned earlier, grumbling or low stomach noises are normal during digestion. Don’t be alarmed by them. Still, if you have recurrent episodes of stomach rumbling, especially at a particular site, it may indicate an underlying cause. 

You should see a doctor if you are experiencing the following symptoms and rumbling on the left side of the stomach. 

  • Significant stomach swelling
  • Abdominal pain
  • Low or high fever
  • Consistent diarrhea 
  • Frequent constipation
  • Vomiting

As a result of your symptoms, your doctor will perform a gastric examination. You may need an endoscopy, CT scan, or blood test to determine what is causing your condition. After that, your physician will prescribe you the most appropriate treatment. 

FAQs

Question: What does a noisy stomach mean?

Answer: Stomach sounds are usually indicative of passing gas, fluid, or food through the gut. Since our gut is a hollow tube, passing gas or splashing water within may be noticeable. Yet, loud stomach noises with pain may be a symptom of chronic constipation or irritable bowel syndrome. 

Question: Why does my stomach make noises when I breathe in and out?

Answer: The stomach may make noises when you breathe in and out. This condition is medically known as borborygmi. It normally happens due to gas passing. It is more likely to happen when you’re hungry. But, a bubbling sensation in the stomach when you breathe in and out may indicate the GERD condition. 

Question: Why does my stomach make so much noise when I lay down?

Answer: Lying immediately after eating, or taking a large meal, may lead to weird feelings or loud stomach noises when you lay down. The stomach may make noises due to gas production or incomplete digestion. 

Related to read: How long Should you wait after Eating to Sleep?

Question: Why does my stomach make so much noise at night?

Answer: During digestion, your intestinal walls contract to mix and squeeze the food. In medical terms, this is known as peristalsis. The rumbling is generally caused by peristalsis. When trying to sleep or after eating, you may experience this during the night.

Related to read: What is Nighttime Bloating? 

Question: Can anxiety cause stomach noises?

Answer: Indeed, yes! Stress and anxiety can exacerbate stomach noises or even impede digestion. Too much stress may lead to some irreversible disorder. Thus, it is important to learn how to manage stress. 

Healthy Tummies are the Key to Healthy Living!

Although rumbling on left side of stomach is usually normal, that can be tempered by healthy eating habits, avoiding food allergens, and managing stress. However, it is good to consult a gastroenterologist if you have a recurrent occurrence of stomach noises along with other unusual symptoms. 

As a matter of fact, the stomach is a vital part of the body. With a healthy stomach, you can eat better, digest better, ultimately live better!

Aneeza Pervez

Aneeza Pervez

Hello, I'm Aneeza Pervez. Writing about mental health, wellness and a healthy lifestyle is something I specialize in. I also enjoy traveling, reading, entertaining, and composing. As a health advocate, I create content that educates people about how to be healthy. Health is wealth, so do your best to keep it!

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