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Abdominal Pain (Lower Right Side)

Q: Dear Dr. Donnica: I'm hoping you can help with this. I've read much info about lower right abdominal pain, but haven't really found symptoms that match mine. I have pain in the lower right side of my abdomen, I feel kind of bubbled up over there but the pain feels like someone is pushing really hard into that bubbles up area. It hurts most when I'm going to the bathroom, when I'm sitting, and when I'm sitting and turn my whole body to the right. It's worse before and after I go to the bathroom, and it doesn't really hurt to the touch. I don't really want to go to the doctor just for gas or indigestion.†

Thank you, K.K.


Dr. Donnica:
Pain of any kind, especially when it's recurring, is not normal and should never be set on the back burner. If you are still having these symptoms, I urge you to get a check-up ASAP. While I cannot give medical advice over the Internet, I am pretty sure this is not "just indigestion."† Without knowing anything about you, I am concerned that this could be appendicitis, an ovarian cyst, or any one of other problems ranging from constipation to endometriosis to a tubal pregnancy.† Your doctor will ask you several questions and do a complete physical exam, including a pelvic exam and a digital rectal exam.

For more information about abdominal pain, click here.

Good luck!
Best regards,
Donnica L. Moore, MD
President, DrDonnica.com


Created: 9/15/2002  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.


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