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Hi there. What is your age? Are you on any medications?
Can you localize the discomfort for me? right upper quadrant? left upper? right lower? left lower? central (peri-umbilical)?
Are you male or female?
In the left lower quadrant lies a lot of colon as well as the urinary drainage tubes. In women, of course, there is the left fallopian tube and ovary. Are your stools completely normal? Any urinary issues?
Are your periods normal every month? Do you sense that this pain comes and goes depending on your cycle (e.g. is worse just before or just after or in the period in between?)
A common source of lower quadrant discomfort in young women is Mittelschmerz. Have you heard of this? It is a German word meaning "middle pain." It is the pelvic pain that some women experience during ovulation. Ovulation generally occurs about midway between menstrual cycles. It is normal and benign. If one is concerned about an ovarian cyst, which can also cause intermittent discomfort, one can get an ultrasound. This study can provide fairly detailed pictures of the tubes and ovaries.
You should see your GP or GYN doctor and get examined. They might be able to pinpoint the problem. If not, they can do blood and urine tests as well as an ultrasound if indicated. This should provide you with an answer and get you the appropriate therapy to treat this.
You're welcome. Hope all works out for the best.
Yes. this is very common.
The good news is that it has been going on for a long time, and you are still going strong. :-)
The list of possibilities is much longer, of course, including such things as a kidney stone, colonic spasm, mild colitis, mild diverticulitis, muscle strain, hernia, etc, etc. While these things are less likely, the only way to know for sure is to get evaluated. Perhaps all these things will be ruled out and you won't have a clear answer. But there is great comfort in knowing what it is NOT. :-)
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