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What does it mean when my 17 year old son is having sharp

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What does it mean when my 17 year old son is having sharp pains in his middle abdomen very frequently for the past 3 days?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Salar replied 8 years ago.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
No diarrhea or constipation, no blood in stool, does not hurt more when he eats.
Expert:  Salar replied 8 years ago.
he may have acquired an infection which may soon manifest as diarrhea or abdominal cramping. he should see his doctor and get examination. it is also important to rule out appendicitis.. usually more pain, fever and vomiting but very common in young kids. you can give him prilosec OTC with the idea to take him to doctor for examination if worsen or spikes fever.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
He is presently lieing down and has no pain, but the pains earlier were 2-3 seconds apart and knife piercing sharp where it took his breath away. But now he seems fine. It's been this way for past few days. He is also an athlete that works out with weights every other day. He is a basketball player. Could this have anything to do with his discomfort?
Expert:  Salar replied 8 years ago.
well it could be a pulled muscle but that should be a constant dull ache rather than sharp pain every 2-3 minutes . I would encourage that you take him to doctor and get checked out. it is important to rule out bowel perforation . He will need some sort of imaging either xray or CT based on what the ER doctor feels after examination.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
What is bowel perforation?
Expert:  Salar replied 8 years ago.
bowel perforation is a condition in which there is a small rupture of colon leading to air in abdomen. it can cause intense abdominal pain and needs immediate evaluation.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thank you for your information. You have been very helpful. Have a good evening.
Expert:  Salar replied 8 years ago.
welcome. glad to be of help.
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