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Many causes of abdominal cramping and back muscle twisting

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I am having abdominal cramping quite similar to a charley horse. I feel definite muscle twisting while it's occuring. It's on the left side, about two inches towards my back from where appendicitis would hit if the pain were on the right side. It's happened about 6-8 times now. On a scale of 1-10, the pain is about a 7, but it worries me much more than that! It leaves me sore and uncomfortable for a day or so, quite similar to a charley horse in my leg. The pain does not radiate away from the immediate area.

I had a colonoscopy and endoscopy earlier in the year. There were no issues, and the doctor said my pouch looked solid, no leaks.

I am due for my annual physical next month and plan to mention it to her then. However, I mentioned it a year ago and she had no ideas then but to see the gastro MD.


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replied September 17th, 2009
Abdominal Pain Answer A7270
Abdominal cramping and muscle twisting towards the back can be seen in a number of conditions. You have undergone several investigations. Please go through this and see if something was missed.


Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, infection in a kidney, kidney stones, and constipation can all cause the symptoms you described. If you can feel the pain in the flank area then kidney pathology should be ruled out.


In women, other causes can be ovary involvement as in cysts, ectopic pregnancy (ruled out as you have had the pain for a long time), or endometriosis.


Low oxygen supply to the mesentery of the intestine and an aortic aneurysm can also cause a similar pain and soreness.


Discuss these possibilities with your doctor. It is difficult to comment beyond this without examining you, nor can a confirmed diagnosis be given. Hope this helps. Take care!





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