Patient discussion about abdominal pain

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Q. What Causes Specific Abdominal Pain?

Everytime I go see a doctor when I have abdominal pains he tells me I probably have gastroenteritis. How does he know that it's not something else for instance, appendicitis, just by examining my abdomen?
A1whats the symptoms of ovarian cyst?
A2Abdominal pain is indeed caused by many different reasons, however some specific diseases or conditions cause specific location of pain. Upper abdominal pain that is located on the right, for instance, may suggests gall bladder problems, and on the left it could be a gastric ulcer. Lower abdominal pain on the right side could be appendicitis, and so on.

Q. I keep having this bad pain in my abdomin and I think something is wrong with me what could it be

A1it all depends on the symtoms,could be a number of things,if it persists go see a doctor,
A2Is the pain alleviated by defecation? Does it occur during the night? Do you sweat during the night? Do you have any other complaints (e.g. diarrhea, constipation and black or bloody stool)? Have you lost weight recently? In case one of the above is positive, I think it’d be wise to see a doctor.

Abdominal pain has many reasons, some of them are more serious and some are less. Even if you don't have any "real" problem (e.g. you have IBS, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irritable_bowel_syndrome), consulting a doctor may help to find treatment for the pain. It worth a try.

And sometimes the pain is the way of our mind to remind us about stressful things that bother us – Could it be the case here?

Q. i have pains in the lower abdominal areas what is the couse

these pain usually occar off and on besides the the abdomen in the lower areasand some times all over the abdomen
AIs the pain worsened when you cough or lift heavy weight? It may suggest hernia (protrusion of gut loop through the abdomen wall, see here http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/hernia.html ). However, it's virtually impossible to diagnose you through the net, so consulting a doctor would be wise.


Take care,

Q. Is it healthy to do Abdominal Sit-Up on the floor without mattress?

during sit-Up without mattress I felt pain in the lower back, and I'm afraid that it might be harmful on the long run
A1Absolutely not!
I used to do it at the gym on a very thin carpet. Ended up at my orthopedic doctor with a lot of pain at my lower back. The doctor told me to abstain workout for the next 2 weeks and warned me to always use a mattress.
A2i wouldn't be so sure that the mattress are the problem. could be you not doing the sit ups right and you can damage your lower back by doing so. with or without a mattress .

Q. I drink a lot and I can’t stop drinking. I feel a bit of abdominal pain in my stomach area sometimes.

I am 48yrs, male. I drink a lot and I can’t stop drinking. I feel a bit of abdominal pain in my stomach area sometimes after drinking. I’m worried about this and what might have caused that. Any info is appreciated. Thanks.
A1it does sounds like an ulcer, and alcoholics do tend to develop it. as william said- this stage is reversible, the liver is an amazing organ and can heal itself very efficiently. but if you'll continue drinking you can destroy it and end up waiting to a liver transplant that will never come cause no one will give a liver to someone who has a drinking problem. so do yourself a BIG favor and go to the nearest clinic and get info about close AA meetings.
A2First Stop drinking, then your body will heal itself. I think you probably have an ulcer and there is more chance for you to get liver problem. I suggest you to take full check up. Good luck brother, I know everything will work out okay for you.

Q. Is there a good screening test for aortic abdominal aneurysm?

A friend of mine was diagnosed with an aortic abdominal aneurysm. I am afraid i might have this condition too. is there any screening test that is good for me?
A1Today there are "mobile" testing centers that charge to use ultrasound technology to detect such things as AAA. I would highly recommend it only because it can act as a preventative measure. I am 50 years old and just suffered a ruptured AAA that very nearly killed me. I was the fortunate one. This very possibly could have detected it before it actually ruptured. You may want to check in your local areas for these mobile testing centers.
A2There is no "good" screening.
The idea of screening is a test that will be good for everyone and will identify the disease.
When I asked my GP about aortic abdominal aneurysm few years ago he said that there is no good screening for the general population. But it was 4 or 5 years ago maybe some things changed.
A3The answer to your question depends on your age your sex and your history of smoking. 3 years ago when my husband was diagnosed with an aortic abdominal aneurysm our GP said that the screening is good only for males age 65-75 that smoke.
Go to your GP and ask him even if you are not in those criteria, maybe the rules have changed.

Q. Uncomfortable in my left-lower abdomen. But it is not acute or dull pain at all.

I'm starting to feel uncomfortable in my lower-left abdomen. I roughly guess it started summer in 2008. Certainly, it's not acute or even dull pain at all. But it makes me very uncomfortable when I sit on the chair. I can feel it by sitting on the chair. Such uncomfortableness seems to reside in somewhere between my left leg and abdomen. It is under my navel, and to the left, extending to the my left flank. Once again, I can sense it by touching something developing (With my fingers, I gently pressed that area and, I realized that there's a difference between pressing on the lower-left abdomen and the lower-right abdomen.) But it is not something swollen, and not a hard thing. I've never had the caecum removed. I'm 40 years old, East asian. I quitted smoking in early 90's. In Octocber, 2008 I found my blood pressure pretty good (I can't remember it, though). My life is quite sedentary (I'm a graduate student.) I guess I spend most of my daily time on the chair. Thanks for any opinion in advance.
A1hi '''i do have the same thing all what i do is keep it higher than my hart and after a lettel time it well come back to normal and i advice you to go see a d'r when you have the rhit time for it.......and happy holly day and happy 2009..lolo21
A2Hernia (protrusion of the contents of the abdomen, such as bowel into the groin) may produce similar symptoms – does the swelling aggravates when you cough or laugh?

Anyway, although I’m tempted to make the diagnosis, diagnosing diseases over the net without even inspecting the patient is not a very accurate thing, so consulting a doctor seems appropriate in this case.

You may read more here:
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/hernia.html
A3Kinyou, you mentioned that you spend a lot of time sitting in a chair. I wonder if that is the problem. Have you considered either a chiropractor trained in bioenrgetic synchronization therapy (more holistic gentle approach) or even an acupuncturist? A traditional doctor might refer you out for an xray or cat scan but it doesn't sound like it's major that's why I suggested a more holistic approach.
If you sit most of the time, have you tried yoga? Maybe some stretching would help as well! Wishing you a happy healthy New Year! :)
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