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Can menstrual cramps cause upper & lower abdomen pain? Not sharp but discomfort!?

Can menstrual cramps cause upper & lower abdomen pain? Not sharp but discomfort!?

Typically not: Menstrual cramps are typically confined to the pelvis. Yes, some women can have problems such as endometriosis that can spread beyond the pelvis, but I would associate upper abdominal discomfort with bowel related issues. ...Read more

Menstrual (Definition)

Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more


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Recently injured my lower back, badly. On the mend, but now feel lower abdomen pain, almost like menstrual cramps? Not pregnant & in between cycles.

Recently injured my lower back, badly. On the mend, but now feel lower abdomen pain, almost like menstrual cramps? Not pregnant & in between cycles.

Ovary: Sounds like a pain in the ovary. It could be a cyst. They often resolve spontaneously after your menses. There are many other possibilities, including low grade infection, intestinal or appendix, urinary tract and hernia, so if it is severe or persistent, get it checked by a gynecologist. ...Read more

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Ovarian cyst rupture 3 weeks ago, I'm late for my period & having upper & lower abdomen pain breast tenderness & menstrual cramps, why? Normal?

Ovarian cyst rupture 3 weeks ago, I'm late for my period & having upper & lower abdomen pain breast tenderness & menstrual cramps, why? Normal?

Cyst: If you're late for your period, the first thing you should do is take a home pregnancy test. It sounds like the symptoms you're having are premenstrual and it's possible you'll have your menstrual cycle in a couple of days. 600 mg Ibuprofen can help with the pain you are describing. ...Read more

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I am experiencing excessive menstrual cramps, ovary pain throughout the cycle, pain and stomach ache during sex, painful bowel movements, discharge?

I am experiencing excessive menstrual cramps, ovary pain throughout the cycle, pain and stomach ache during sex, painful bowel movements, discharge?

Get evaulation: I recommend that you start with a Gyn exam to assess whether you may have an ovarian cyst, or possible pelvic infection or endometriosis. Constipation can also be a source of chronic lower abdomiinal pain and discomfort with sex, and stool softeners or Miralax may be helpful. ...Read more

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I've had cramps in lower lefr abdomen for 4 days. Feels like menstrual cramps but occasionally gets sharper. Never happened e before. What could it be?

I've had cramps in lower lefr abdomen for 4 days. Feels like menstrual cramps but occasionally gets sharper. Never happened e before. What could it be?

Complex problem: Pelvic pain is complex as there are several organs in the pelvis. The ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, bladder, appendix, intestines, colon and rectum can all be the source. Pelvic pain requires and examination to help organize the evaluation. ...Read more

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While I run I get cramps in my lower abdomen that feel like menstrual cramps. I've met numerous runners with this same problem.

While I run I get cramps in my lower abdomen that feel like menstrual cramps. I've met numerous runners with this same problem.

Cramps and running: It is difficult to say if the sensation you are describing is coming for your genital tract (uterus etc) vs your intestinal tract. Cramping from the uterus responds very well to anti- inflammatory meds like Ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen). You may try pre- run treating yourself with one of them to see if it helps. ...Read more

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I am having random sharp pains in my abdomen. Mainly between my right lumbar area and inguinal. And it doesn't feel like menstrual cramps.?

I am having random sharp pains in my abdomen. Mainly between my right lumbar area and inguinal. And it doesn't feel like menstrual cramps.?

A number of things: That is a common location for pain from kidney infections or kidney stones. In addition any pelvic pathology like an ovarian cyst could present in that location. It is also possible you just have a strained muscle and keep reinjuring it because it is difficult to rest those muscles. ...Read more

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Feels like I have menstrual cramps (abdomen & back) but im not on my period. What could this be? It's been a week now & is very uncomfortable

Feels like I have menstrual cramps (abdomen & back) but im not on my period. What could this be? It's been a week now & is very uncomfortable

STD can cause it: You have STD as mentioned by you. We don't know what kind of STD you have and you are being treated with Ampicillin
STDs are not treated with Ampicillin and may be causing your pelvic cramps
And it can also be due to Ampicillin
Consult your doctor or an Infectious disease specialist and get properly treated for your STD if not already treated properly
Do not wait as you are only 21years old ...Read more

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Today I have been experiencing mild pulls in my lower middle abdomen. What could this be? Does not feel like menstrual cramps.

Today I have been experiencing mild pulls in my lower middle abdomen. What could this be? Does not feel like menstrual cramps.

IBS or muscle pull: Cramps in a young person can be a feature of irritable bowel if no other alarm symptoms are present (I.e., bloody stools, weight loss). It can also be abdominal wall muscle strain if certain positions make the pain worse. ...Read more

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My lower abdomen hurts on the left side. How do I know if they are menstrual cramps or something serious like appendix?

My lower abdomen hurts on the left side. How do I know if they are menstrual cramps or something serious like appendix?

Appendix is on: Right side. Left side pain could be menstrual cramps, or could be ovatian cyst, ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, divefticulitis, ureteral stone, other; tumors/cancers possible, but less likely. Got fever, vomiting, change in weignt, bowel habit, bleeding, change from usual menstrual symptoms, etc, needs MD ASAP. At all different from usual, see MD ...Read more

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Can a severe car accident and trauma to my abdomen cause painful menstrual cramps 2 years later?

Can a severe car accident and trauma to my abdomen cause painful menstrual cramps 2 years later?

Unlikely: It is unlikely the two are related. Menstrual cramps are usually caused by contractions of the uterus. Unless you damaged your uterus two years ago it is unlikely that you would experience worsening symptoms today. You would likely have experienced it soon after the accident/trauma had you injured your uterus. I would suggest seeing your doctor to explore other reasons why your cramps are worse. ...Read more

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Why do I get menstrual cramps at my thighs and lower abdomen at the last days.

Why do I get menstrual cramps at my thighs and lower abdomen at the last days.

Pelvic pain: Pelvic pain is complex as there are several organs in the pelvis. The ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, bladder, appendix, intestines, colon and rectum can all be the source. Pelvic pain requires and examination to help organize the evaluation.
There are many options for painful periods. Schedule a visit to discuss. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's safe to put aspercreme on your lower abdomen for menstrual cramps?

Can you explain if it's safe to put aspercreme on your lower abdomen for menstrual cramps?

Not harmful: Over the counter topical analgesics should be safe to use on your lower abdomen. ...Read more

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Sharp intermittent pain in low abdomen like menstrual cramps that go away 20 weeks pregnant?

Consult you OB: You should consult your obstetrician immediately for any abdominal pain, especially lower, as it could be associated with your pregnancy and a sign of something that may need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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I went for a run today and I felt the most painful cramps in my abdomen (like menstrual cramps). My period is 2 weeks away. What is it? Thanks

I went for a run today and I felt the most painful cramps in my abdomen (like menstrual cramps). My period is 2 weeks away. What is it? Thanks

Probably ovulation: If you are not using a hormonal method of con (pill, Depo-Provera provera, (medroxyprogesterone) etc.), pain occurring at midcycle is usually associated with ovulation. At that time a relatively large (almost one inch) follicle (fluid-containing sac which contains the egg which is soon to be released) has developed and the "bouncing from running, jogging, jumping can cause it to twist a bit and hurt. ...Read more

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It's not time for my period. I've had mild menstrual cramps in my lower abdomen for about a week now after I had sex the day of ovulation. Pregnant?

It's not time for my period. I've had mild menstrual cramps in my lower abdomen for about a week now after I had sex the day of ovulation. Pregnant?

Could be!: Having unprotected sex during ovulation is how people try to get pregnant! If you don't get a normal period you should get a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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23, no pcos, poor menstrual cramps, flow for 2 days, pain in lower abdomen and not actual but sensation of swelling in feet, 53wt, height 5f 2inches, cause?

23, no pcos, poor menstrual cramps, flow for 2 days, pain in lower abdomen and not actual but sensation of swelling in feet, 53wt, height 5f 2inches, cause?

Unclear: The symptoms you mention menstrual cramping, lower abdominal pain and sensation of foot swelling are hard to tie together. I would start by seeing an obgyn to evaluate your pelvic pain and menstrual cramping. They cn then determine the next step on evaluating your feet ...Read more

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How can I cure a stomach ache/ cramps in lower abdomen?

How can I cure a stomach ache/ cramps in lower abdomen?

Depends on the cause: Of the ache and cramps. There are 100's of possible causes of your symptoms. Some of them could be serious or require immediate operation. See you doctor so he can figure it out for you. ...Read more

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Pooping frequently, indigestion, stomach aches at times, heavy feeling abdomen, recently had full period and protected intercourse. Weird cramps too.

Pooping frequently, indigestion, stomach aches at times, heavy feeling abdomen, recently had full period and protected intercourse. Weird cramps too.

Needs to be checked: You probably have a viral gastroenteritis causing your symptoms. Consilt your doctor to confirm if you have it. Meanwhile make sure you drink plenty fluids to prevent dehydration. But if also vomiting and not able to retain fluids go to ER with your parents as you are a minor ...Read more

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4 days late, stomach ache not abdominal cramps, brown discharge only when I pee, had unprotected sex, I don't want to get pregnant?

4 days late, stomach ache not abdominal cramps, brown discharge only when I pee, had unprotected sex, I don't want to get pregnant?

Pregnancy: Those who do not want to get pregnant should make every effort to use some form of birth control each time they have sex. There is no way to diagnose early pregnancy over the internet, so the best way to find out is to take a pregnancy test. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Tips 4 menstral cramps. Severe stomach ache, lower back pain?

Tips 4 menstral cramps. Severe stomach ache, lower back pain?

One "old"tip: Have someone apply deep hand pressure over sacrum (seat bone)- prolonged pressure sometimes relieves back ache. ...Read more

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Menstrual pain causing me to pass out. Second time its happened in past two years. Have abdominal pain first. Went to the ER first time, gave me pain?

Menstrual pain causing me to pass out. Second time its happened in past two years. Have abdominal pain first. Went to the ER first time, gave me pain?

See a GYN MD: You need to make an appointment with a GYN MD to assess your pain on a more complete level than a quick E.R, . visit. E.R.'s are great for managing acute emergencies, but do not delve deeply into GYN pain sources unless it is a medical emergency like an ectopic pregnancy. ...Read more

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Lower abdominal pain below belly button feels like menstrual pain but its not and very nauseous with diarrhea. Been happening for awhile. Any ideas?

Lower abdominal pain below belly button feels like menstrual pain but its not and very nauseous with diarrhea. Been happening for awhile. Any ideas?

Difficult: These type of complaints warrant a more thorough history and exam as this could be your ovaries, intestine, urinary tract or other things. I would suggest a face to face visit with your doctor for more complete answers. Good luck ...Read more

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I've suffered from PMS since I started my period at age 13 (I'm 23 now). This month has been significantly worse than usual, with this intense abdominal pain that feels like a mix of acid reflux and menstrual cramps. It's nauseating and nothing seems to g

I've suffered from PMS since I started my period at age 13 (I'm 23 now). This month has been significantly worse than usual, with this intense abdominal pain that feels like a mix of acid reflux and menstrual cramps. It's nauseating and nothing seems to g

PreMenstual Syndrome: I feel your distress of 10 years and worsening symptoms since last month.
“This month has been significantly worse than usual”- Reflect stresses during this time including relationship turmoil or less Vitamin B6, Calcium and Magnesium in diet.

Acid Reflux can be due to Stress, Alcohol, Caffeine, Ibuprofen.
See Gynecologist for diagnosis and treatment.
See Psychiatrist for Anxiety and Depression. ...Read more

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Menstrual Pain (Definition)

A painful cramping sensation in the lower abdomen occuring just before or during the menses. It can be associated with other symptoms including, but not limited to. Headache, ...Read more


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Abdominal Pain (Definition)

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