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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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Abdominal Pain (Definition)

Abdominal pain is pain that you feel anywhere between your chest and groin. This is often referred to as the ...Read more


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Lower left abdominal pain?

Lower left abdominal pain?

More info?: Is it sharp or achy? Is it every time or only sometimes? What type? How long does it last? Anything make it better? Anything make it worse? Does food affect the pain? Have you had any surgery? How long has it been there? Have you tried any medications? Did they work? Did you injure yourself? Pulled muscle etc? Has anyone done any studies? Need a bit more info? Any nausea? Fevers? ...Read more

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Lower left abdominal pain, what to do?

Lower left abdominal pain, what to do?

Could be: Constipation or diverticular disease. If you have a fever and pain and are not constipated, go to your doctor today or er. Acute complicated diverticulitis can be a medical emergency. Don't wait to see if it's getting better. ...Read more

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What is causing my lower left abdominal pain?

What is causing my lower left abdominal pain?

Top answers below: Left lower abdominal pain can be constipation, diverticulitis, hernia, ovarian cyst, kidney stone, and sometimes referred pain from appendicitis (rare). Importantly you may need to see your doctor to see what the pain is like and what made it occur. If you notice what made it better or worse. ...Read more

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What causes severe lower left abdominal pain?

What causes severe lower left abdominal pain?

Stone/diverticulitis: Here is the list - diverticulitis, kidney stone, hernia, constipation, gas, bladder infection, inflammatory bowel disease, and more...

See your physician - they'll get things figured out. ...Read more

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My question is what causes lower left abdominal pain?

My question is what causes lower left abdominal pain?

Depends: May be many things, you don't state your sex, but everything from constipation, kidney stone, ovarian if female, diverticular disease of the sigmoid colon, inflammatory bowel disease, hernia, infection or tumor. More detailed history and an examination would be needed to give a more specific answer. ...Read more

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I am having lower left abdominal pain what could it be?

I am having lower left abdominal pain what could it be?

Wide differential: In a young woman this could be pain from ovulation, an ovarian cyst, constipation, excess gas. Less likely diverticulitis Which is seen with fever and typically in middle age patients or older with diverticulosis. The nature of your pain also depends on the time frame, precipitated, alleviating factors, and associated symptoms. See your doctor if this is a chronic issue. If you have a fever call ...Read more

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What are the causes of severe lower left abdominal pain?

What are the causes of severe lower left abdominal pain?

Colon? Kidney? Gyne?: Diverticulitis commonly causes sharp left lower abdominal pain, inflammatory colitises can cause symptoms. Obstruction. Constipation. Kidney issues. Herniae? Ovarian cysts? You should see a doctor if it has lasted longer than a few days or if it is severe and limiting your daily activities. There are other causes as well and you may require a ct scan or colonoscopy to help sort them out. ...Read more

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Help! I just have sudden and sharp lower left abdominal pain?

Time to get help...: Abdominal pain is never normal, ; significant pain even less so. Lots of things cause llq (left lower quadrant) abdominal pain--see earlier healthtap answers. When pain is severe as you report, don't delay in seeking evaluation ; getting treated. ...Read more

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Lower left abdominal pain radiating to the back, what is there?

Lower left abdominal pain radiating to the back, what is there?

Many body parts...: The left lower abdomen has muscles of the abdominal wall (and the nerves coming out of the spinal cord, going to the muscles), part of the large intestine (colon), the ureter from the left kidney to the bladder, part of the small intestine, the left ovary (lower down), etc... Pain can come from a variety of problems, so anything other than mild brief pain should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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I am a 41 year old man. What could my lower left abdominal pain be?

Many possibilities: Many different problems can cause left lower abdominal pain, some minor (irritable bowel), some serious (diverticulitis, kidney stones, colon cancer). In order to get to the bottom of this, a complete history must be taken, followed by a careful physical exam, lab tests, and other tests which may include x-rays and/or endoscopy. Please make an appointment to see your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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Woke up with sharp lower left abdominal pain, please suggest any remedies?

Woke up with sharp lower left abdominal pain, please suggest any remedies?

Could be: Several things, but acute diverticulitis, kidney stone, constipation are the most common. Best to see your doctor today! Perforated diverticulitis is a whole bag of extra problems that you would do best to avoid. ...Read more

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What to do if there's constant lower left abdominal pain? Really bothering me!

See your doctor: Abdominal pain can be caused by way too many things to advise you on what to do for your present condition. You need to see your doctor who will take a complete history and perform a physical exam before recommending any diagnostic and/or treatment plans. ...Read more

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I'm having lower left abdominal pain and it goes into my lower left back what could it be?

Many causes: This could be a kidney stone, but also could be diverticulitis, atypical presentation of appendicitis, and if you are female, could be an infection or tubal pregnancy. See a doctor and get checked as soon as possible. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have lower left abdominal pain that comes and goes has been happening for over three days. The pain is sharp and goes on for about an hour.?

I have lower left abdominal pain that comes and goes has been happening for over three days. The pain is sharp and goes on for about an hour.?

Ovarian: A very likely possibility is your ovary...If you're 5-15 days past your last period, ovulation can cause pain, or a lingering ovarian cyst. This is just one possibility though so go get it checked out promptly if it gets worse or doesn't go away! ...Read more

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I have lower left abdominal pain that comes and goes has been happening for over three days. It is sharp and achy and stays for about an hour.?

I have lower left abdominal pain that comes and goes has been happening for over three days. It is sharp and achy and stays for about an hour.?

Many possibilities: Options would b menstrual related pain, colon related (diverticulitis - unlikely as ur pain comes and goes), ibs, constipation, hernia etc. U need to c ur medical doc for s complete history and exam. If u have fever/chills u need to call them asap. ...Read more

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For the past two weeks I have had lower left abdominal pain, twisting sharp waves and now I'm feeling the pain on right side and lower left back?

For the past two weeks I have had lower left abdominal pain, twisting sharp waves and now I'm feeling the pain on right side and lower left back?

Left lower abdominal: This could be one of several processes,
Gynecologic: : ovarian cyst or torsion
Gastrointestinal: diverticulitis or Irritable bowel syndrome.
First step is see your gynecologists, if evaluation is negative than the next test you should have is an abdominal and pelvic CT scan.
You can make a virtual visit with me for further assistance.
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Lower left abdominal pain bowel spasm?

Lower left abdominal pain bowel spasm?

Could be: Could also be diverticulitis. Seek evaluation for persistent or worsening symptoms. ...Read more

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Can upper left abdominal pain mean I have pancreatitis?

Can upper left abdominal pain mean I have pancreatitis?

Abdominal: Pancreatitis can cause upper abdominal pain.There are other conditions like peptic ulcer disease, irritable bowel syndrome which can also cause similar pain. Please see your M.D. ...Read more

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Lower left abdominal pain sharp pain that comes in waves?

Abdominal pain: Recurrent left lower quadrant pain can be due to many reasons-irritable bowel syndrome, pelvic inflammatory bowel disease, chronic constipation.Please see your M.D. ...Read more

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Lower left abdominal pain in women during sex. Am I too big?

Can you reframe ques: Lower abdominal pain during sex for whom, and I don't know what you mean if you are too big.
Are you a man named nursei6 or a waman who thinks is too big
can not answer without knowing more details and what do you mean by big. ...Read more

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I have had lower left abdominal pain for a week tonight it is worse especially when I cough and move?

Left sided pain: Discomfort in this area may be from a strained/inflamed abdominal muscle, colon inflammation like diverticulitis or colitis or to ovarian or other pelvic disorders. Because your symptoms are worsening, and if there is associated tenderness, you should be examined by a physician tonight. ...Read more

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I'm having dull lower left abdominal pain after I started running about an hour everyday. What could be the reasons. Male, 30, 150lbs?

Lower left pain: Most likely musculoskeletal issue. Could be a groin strain. Would stop running for awhile to see if it gets better. If so and stays away no issue. If pain comes back with exercise you should be checked for a groin hernia or even a "sports hernia" which is harder to diagnose and more controversial as far as treatment. ...Read more

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31/ m. Lower left abdominal pain for two days. Had diaharea and un-controlled bm yesterday at onset of pain. Pain seems to be getting worse.

See your doctor: The symptoms could be due to a variety of things - a viral gastroenteritis, colitis (inflammation of the colon) or possibly diverticulitis (an inflammation of sacs which have herniated from the large intestine). While viral gastroenteritis is self limiting in a few days, the latter two may worsen with increased and localized symptoms. If this occurs, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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I've been having lower left abdominal pain radiating to the left lower side of my back as well going kind of up toward the middle for a few days now.

I've been having lower left abdominal pain radiating to the left lower side of my back as well going kind of up toward the middle for a few days now.

Colon or Gyn Pain: Left sided pain is usual your sigmoid colon (diverticulitis) or your ovaries or Fallopian tube. I would see a Ob/Gyn and get an ultrasound of your ovaries. If clear, I would get an order for a Ct scan to make sure it is not diverticulitis. ...Read more

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Hi for the past 2 days I have been getting diarrohea as soon as I eat anything. Today I have had lower left abdominal pain. I don't feel ill, afebrile?

LLQ pain: Llq pain be caused by a multitude of things. It could diverticular disease, kidney stone, bladder distension, pelvic pain, ectopic pregnancy. Avoid mild for now. Watch for increased pain, fever, vomiting, black or red stools. Two days of diarrhea are not necessary a red flag for the more serious things I have mentioned. Try a brat diet for a few days (bananas, rice, apple sauce and toast) low fibe. ...Read more

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If I am having lower left abdominal pain and lower left back pain what could it be?

See below: It could be any number of things, some of which ae possibly serious. See your docotr for an evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Belly Pain (Definition)

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