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CT Scan benefit outweigh the risk? I'm 23 with 3 CT scans already. Doctors concerned about chronic upper left abdomen pain radiating to back.

CT Scan benefit outweigh the risk? I'm 23 with 3 CT scans already. Doctors concerned about chronic upper left abdomen pain radiating to back.

Depends: It depends on what your dr is concerned about. CT scans do provide significant radiation exposure. Some causes of left upper abdominal pain can e assessed by ultrasound or endoscopy, depending on your other symptoms and risks. If however, your doctor can provide good reason why CT scan is necessary, then it is probably worth doing. You can always seek a second opinion. ...Read more

Upper Left Abdomen (Definition)

This is the area below the ribs on the left side of the abdomen. This generally referred to as ...Read more


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I am having a numb/tingly feeling off and on in the upper left abdomen for the past 2 weeks?

I am having a numb/tingly feeling off and on in the upper left abdomen for the past 2 weeks?

Gastritis: Would try Prilosec daily for a week and if no improvement visit your gastroenterologist.
Avoid alcohol and smoking as well. ...Read more

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I am having an occasional numb feeling in my stomach upper left abdomen?

I am having an occasional numb feeling in my stomach upper left abdomen?

Gastritis: Try TUMS (calcium carbonate) & see if symptoms improve. If symptoms continue, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Numbness on left side of abdomen, comes and goes, more often when moving or bending. What could be causing this?

Numbness on left side of abdomen, comes and goes, more often when moving or bending. What could be causing this?

Pinched nerve: I would wonder about a problem in your thoracic spine that is pinching the sensory nerve that goes to that area. If no rash in the area, doubt shingles As a cause. Recommend you see your doctor for evaluation. Hope this was helpful. Best of luck. Dr. R ...Read more

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After masturbation I had a slight pain in my left abdomen and now I'll describe it as maybe slight numbness, could I have pulled something?

After masturbation I had a slight pain in my left abdomen and now I'll describe it as maybe slight numbness, could I have pulled something?

May be: You could pulled or strain some muscle while doing it.
apply heat to the area, and see if that relief the pain or the numbness.
take some ibuprofen with meals. ...Read more

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On the 22 I had a really sharp pain in my lower left abdomen that kept me in bed. Pain dulled but stayed then turned to numbness as of today. Cause?

On the 22 I had a really sharp pain in my lower left abdomen that kept me in bed. Pain dulled but stayed then turned to numbness as of today. Cause?

How old are you?: Age is a major factor in determining what caused this pain. The problem could vary from constipation to diverticulosis, a condition that could lead to complications if you aren't on a proper diet. If the pain persist or become worse, I advise you to see your local doctor. Make sure you drink plenty of water and fluids. Add more fiber to your diet. Eat some fruits or vegetables and try excerising ...Read more

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Numbness in left abdomen that wraps to back?

Numbness in left abdomen that wraps to back?

Nerve compression: Sounds like a nerve compression possibly in the high lumbar area or one of several small nerves occasionally subject to injury. See a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist or a neurologist. ...Read more

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Lower back pain on left side numbness in my abdomen?

Lower back pain on left side numbness in my abdomen?

Pinched nerve: A pinched nerve can cause numbness in the lower abdomen but usually low back radiculopathies cause radiation of discomfort to the leg. Perhaps the superficial nerves of that portion of the abdomen are pinched or irritated. A neurologist is qualified to evaluate your symptoms. ...Read more

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I have numbness in my left upper abdomen. No pain involved and I went to the doctor and he did a brief exam but said not to worry that it will go away?

I have numbness in my left upper abdomen. No pain involved and I went to the doctor and he did a brief exam but said not to worry that it will go away?

Not satisfied?: Your doctor has the benefit of having examined you--we of course cannot. If you feel a more thorough exam is warranted, or your doctor did not adequately address your concern, get another local opinion with a hands-on assessment. ...Read more

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Waking up and feeling very numb on lower left side of abdomen. Lasts for a long time but not painful. What can this be?

Waking up and feeling very numb on lower left side of abdomen. Lasts for a long time but not painful. What can this be?

Asked MD?: This is an odd symptom. Does "numb" mean less feeling or too much feeling, i.e. Paresthesias (pins and needles)? Are there skin changes over the area (as in old shingles)? The nerves supplying the left lower quadrant come from the lower thoracic spinal roots, i.e. From the spinal roots at the lower end of the rib-cage. How long is "a long time"? Has your doctor examined you? What does (s)he say? ...Read more

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I've been experiencing minor pains in my chest and abdomen when I'm resting before bed. My left arm/shoulder has been hurting and numb for a week.

I've been experiencing minor pains in my chest and abdomen when I'm resting before bed. My left arm/shoulder has been hurting and numb for a week.

Many possibilities &: Too little information to offer much help. Given age, build, unspecified health issues [measured lipoproteins (not cholesterol) concentrations, HbA1c, BP, build, previous activity levels, food choices, etc.] cardiovascular disease (which typically begins in later childhood) could be a possibility at age 34, yet there are many other possibilities. ...Read more

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If my abdomen and lower parts go numb after a hernia surgery, is that normal? I went in for a double hernia that was caused by lifting to much weight. The belly button and left lower areas were effected. The doctor said the cut would be small and it would

If my abdomen and lower parts go numb after a hernia surgery, is that normal? I went in for a double hernia that was caused by lifting to much weight. The belly button and left lower areas were effected. The doctor said the cut would be small and it would

Some numbness common: It depends on what type of hernia repair you had done. It's not uncommon to have numbness around the incisions after surgery. If you had a laparoscopic hernia repair, that should be minimal. Open hernia repairs are associated with some incidence of numbness on the inside of the thigh and scrotum. Sometimes it gets better over time. ...Read more

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I have sharp burning/stabbing pain in lower left abdomen, radiating down my leg and foot is numb. Do I need to go to a hospital? (Have previously had pancreatitis, in 2010)

I have sharp burning/stabbing pain in lower left abdomen, radiating down my leg and foot is numb. Do I need to go to a hospital? (Have previously had pancreatitis, in 2010)

No: Sounds more like nerve pain. Your pancreas is in your upper abdomen. If your pain changes or if you have other symptoms; such as vomiting, fever, swelling in your groin or blood in your stool you should be seen at the hospital. Make an appointment to see your MD. All the best and I hope you feel better. ...Read more

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I thought I had a kidney infection with bad back and abdomen pain. Now lessened but my left lower back is numb with chicken pox like spots?

I thought I had a kidney infection with bad back and abdomen pain. Now lessened but my left lower back is numb with chicken pox like spots?

Sounds like shingles: Herpes zoster, or shingles, classically presents with a painful eruption involving the area supplied by a single nerve root on one side of the body. If it crosses the midline it is probably something else. The pain can often precede the outbreak. Go and get treated. ...Read more

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What causes off and on pain in my upper left abdomen?

What causes off and on pain in my upper left abdomen?

Many things.: If this has been going on for a while - weeks to months - i'd get it checked out by your doc. It could be a muscle strain, pain in the cartilage or muscles of ribs. It could be gastritis, which is inflammation of the lining of the stomach. If you're also having fevers, weight loss, or the pain is waking you up at night, that's more concerning and should definitely have an eval by your doctor. ...Read more

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I have severe pain in upper left abdomen?

I have severe pain in upper left abdomen?

Please see a doctor: For a history and physical exam. Severe pain means something is wrong. It could be a simple issue like rib out of place, it could be as serious as a heart attack, or esophageal tear. ...Read more

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What could cause sharp pain in my upper left abdomen?

Uncertain: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more

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What could be causing dull pain in the upper left abdomen?

Abdominal pain: Given the minimal information available the list of causes Is very long, provide more detail or seek local help including a physical examination ...Read more

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What would cause a mild to moderate pain in the upper left abdomen that comes in waves?

What would cause a mild to moderate pain in the upper left abdomen that comes in waves?

Stomach: Kidney, intestinal, muscular problems. It appears you have had your heart checked, but even if you have fluctuations in your blood pressure, the stress on your heart from that may cause it. I think you will find out the cause between a GI and heart doctor. Good luck to you. I would drink cold milk, take my blood pressure and heart rate (buy a machine). If pain goes away, it was your stomach. ...Read more

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I have a dull but very noticeable pain in upper left abdomen just under my ribcage. What could it be? It's much worse while sitting.

I have a dull but very noticeable pain in upper left abdomen just under my ribcage. What could it be? It's much worse while sitting.

Many organs there: Stomach, spleen, pancreas, splenic flexure of the colon. Inflammation of any of these can b the culprit. Gastric causes would b the most common. Gastritis, ulcers, even gerd can refer there as well as duodenal ulcers. Pancreatitis is not that common. Make an appointment 2 c a gastroenterologst 4 an eval. Also u can try liquid antacids while u wait 2 b cn. It may help. ...Read more

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There's a slight burning feeling/discomfort in my upper left abdomen area. I've felt this before, but it went away. I feel it again, what could it be?

There's a slight burning feeling/discomfort in my upper left abdomen area. I've felt this before, but it went away. I feel it again, what could it be?

LUQ abd discomfort: It could be many things. Is it worsened or relieved by eating? Worse with exercise? Exercise induced suggests musculoskeletal, food induced (especially fat) suggests gallbladder problems. You are already on Prilosec that should help with peptic problems.

If it persists, a physical exam and an ultrasound may be helpful. ...Read more

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Cramps in my upper left abdomen. What is there?

Cramps in my upper left abdomen. What is there?

Few things.: You have muscles in-between the ribs, under the ribs (diaphragm). Irritation of the stomach (gastritis) could sometimes feel like upper l abdomen pain. The spleen is also there, but unless you're having other symptoms, it's less likely that's the cause of the pain. It's something you need to get checked out by your doc for, though! ...Read more

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What is this pain and pulsing in my upper left abdomen?

What is this pain and pulsing in my upper left abdomen?

Lots possible...: Anatomically, the left upper quadrant (luq) of abdomen includes: spleen, pancreatic tail, stomach, descending duodenum, splenic flexure of the colon, associated vessels. Don't forget the diaphragm, heart, and lower chest are pretty close by. The abdominal musculature, ribs, and skin can all contribute as well to localizing luq pain. An exam is appropriate for clarity of diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Why am I having spasms in upper left abdomen?

Why am I having spasms in upper left abdomen?

Don't know: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more

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I have a pain in my upper left abdomen. Any thoughts?

See a doctor: Could be ribs, could be stomach, could be diaphragm, could be the heart. You need a physical exam. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: upper left abdomen?

What is the definition or description of: upper left abdomen?

Upper Left Abdomen: This is the area below the ribs on the left side of the abdomen. This generally referred to as luq (left upper quadrant). ...Read more

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Occassionally feel a short stab tear feeling in upper left abdomen. What can this be?

Maybe nothing: A good history and physical may find the problem like diveriticulitis, gastritis, a pulled muscle, strain or hernia. Xrays, ultrasound and labs may be helpful. ...Read more

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What could cause intense upper left abdomen pain?

What could cause intense upper left abdomen pain?

Lots of things...: Anatomically, the left upper quadrant (luq) of abdomen includes: spleen, pancreatic tail, stomach, descending duodenum, splenic flexure of the colon, associated vessels. Don't forget the diaphragm, heart, and lower chest are pretty close by. The abdominal musculature, ribs, and skin can all contribute as well to localizing luq pain. An exam is appropriate for clarity of diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What should I do about pain in upper left abdomen + bloating?

Abdominal pain: A.Change in bowel habits to include left upper abdominal pain may be nothing more than constipation. However, at age 41, it should be evaluated by colonoscopy. ...Read more

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