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A 21-year-old male asked:

Can adults get colic? what else could cause a very sharp pain on the lower abdominal region?

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Dr. Richard Foullon
Emergency Medicine 47 years experience
Constip./bladder Inf: Right or left lower sharp or colicky abdominal pain may be caused by descending uvj ureteral (kidney stones); lower midline intermittent sharp or colicky supra pubic abdominal pain may be caused by a bladder infection; lower midline and / or left lower quadrant intermittent sharp or colicky abdominal pain may be caused by colitis, diverticulitis, or constipation.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Colic: vague term : The original descriptions of colic in early american writings equated the infant problem with a well recognized problem in horses when they locked up their colon due to a bad feed. Today it is understood as more behavioral than abdominal. The inferred symptoms of cramping certainly can occur in adults, but to call it anything more than cramping is a stretch. This is triggered by diet, gas, germs, etc.

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