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I have been having lower abdominal pains for the past three days. the first day was absolutely awful, constant very sharp pains lasting for about five seconds at a time. the second/third days werent as bad but i still had the pains every once in a while, especially after i ate a meal or laid down. I started my period on the second day. Ive also never felt these types of pains before. what could it be?
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Anthony Bray MD :

Hello!

Anthony Bray MD :

The sharp pains of short duration may have been intestinal spasms as one possible cause....

Customer:

i dont understand?

Anthony Bray MD :

It would usually be due to an irritation such as a gastroenteritis if that were your cause though and this would usually be accompanied by diarrhea...

Anthony Bray MD :

With it being low abdomen it might have been related to an ovarian cyst...

Customer:

i had diarrhea the first day but thats all

Customer:

and the pains still persist

Customer:

what are the symptoms and causes of a cyst?

Anthony Bray MD :

This type would typically be associated with a gastroenteritis IF this were your cause though and diarrhea would be expected...

Anthony Bray MD :

It is possible that the pain may have been associated with an ovarian cyst >> the lower abdomen makes me include pelvic causes as well...

Customer:

so if it were gastroenteritis, would one day of diarrhea and a few days of sharp pains be a normal thing? im just not sure because ive never had either that or a cyst before

Anthony Bray MD :

It could be related to internal bands of scar tissue that formed in the past (most typically caused by prior abdominal surgery or pelvic surgery) Endometriosis may cause infections as well.... a prior GI infection might do this.... the loops of bowel might pull against the bacnd of scar tissue and cause the problem...

Anthony Bray MD :

It may have been caused by a volvulus that later cleared up on its own. This is a twist of a postion of the bowel. A loop of bowel might have temporarily twisted in itself and then corrected...

Customer:

so it could be a lot. what would you recommend? should I wait a few more days and see if the pains persist, or should i go get tests done? and if you do recommend tests, what should I have done?

Anthony Bray MD :

If the pain has gone away and does not return as before than I think your are "home free" and in this case I would see very little likley benefit from medical evaluation....

Customer:

my stomach also feels really hard and is sensitive when I press on it, I forgot to tell you that

Anthony Bray MD :

If on the other hand you have recurring or worsening symptoms then see your doctor.

Customer:

The only thing that reoccurring are the sharp pains, its the same level of pain but just not quit as much as the first day

Anthony Bray MD :

I hope this information helps! Let me know if you have further questions and I will be happy to get back with you! If my answer has been helpful and to your satisfaction then please remember to leave positive feedback. Thank You and Best Regards,

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Customer:

ok thanks

Anthony Bray MD :

It may have been related to pain associated with some internal adhesions >> adhesions are bands of scar tissue >> these most typically occur when you have had abdominal or pelvic surgery. It could have bene a volvuklos that corrected itself. This is a twist of the bowel on itself..

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