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Pinpoint Abdominal Pain
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Question

I have been having some pain that seems to come and go over the last couple of months. It usually occurs when I’ve been sitting for a while -- I work at a computer for several hours a day. The spot where the pain is coming from is located on my waistline -- about 3.25 inches below my belly button and then about 3.5 inches to the left. (The ’left’ to me when I am looking down at it.) This area (about the size of a dime) is very tender if I push down on it with my fingertip. Putting pressure on the surrounding area doesn’t really hurt at all -- it’s just that one small spot that can create a pretty sharp pain if I press down on it. I do not feel any lumps in that area or other areas of my groin. I also do not have any swelling.

Thank you.




eCureMe’s Advice 1

Without more information about yourself, it is hard to be exact. Pain that is reproducible by touch in the area you refer to usually has to do with the intestinal track or the groin area. You should see your doctor to have a thorough exam.

eCureMe’s Advice 2

You didn’t mention your age group. It seems that the pain started when you worked at the computer. Are you using a chair and keyboard etc. that are ergonomically correct? I think the pain is probably related to prolonged sitting which causes some injury to your low back bone area that in turn causes "pinched-nerve" effect. I’d suggest that you get MRI test of your backbone to see if there are any significant lesions. If not, you need to make sure that your work at the computer in ergonomically correct manner.

eCureMe’s Advice 3

Good afternoon. Thanks for your question. In order to give you a satisfactory answer, we would have to know more about you, your medical history, and your symptoms. Could this be Mittelshmerz (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001503.htm) associated with ovulation, diverticulitis (http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/diverticulosis/index.htm), or any one of many other conditions ( http://familydoctor.org/flowcharts/528.html)? The last link is a flow chart -- only for information so that you can see how complex your situation can be -- not for self-diagnosis. If you are a female of child-bearing age, the come-and-go nature points to Mittelschmerz.

Best advice: See your personal physician, and let him/her do the necessary workup. Again, thanks for asking and best wishes.





 
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