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Spleen pain? Lower left abdomen

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I just want an idea of what could be causing my lower back pain, combined with sore and weak body, headaches, loss of appetite and pain in my left abdomen where I can feel a pulsing mass.

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replied January 16th, 2009
Abdominal Pain Answer A5381
YOU WROTE:" List of other diseases, conditions, or injuries and their treatment: pulmonary embolism, treated with bloodthinners for 6 weeks, subchorionic hematoma 11 weeks into my last pregnancy after which I had to give myself injections of lovenox everyday until a month before delivery, then heparin until delivery. AfTerwards I was on coumadin again but only for a couple weeks because I suffered internal bleeding in my right abdomen.
Current medical status: The problem I am having now is for the past few days I have had deep pain in my lower back, a gradual loss of appetite, headaches, a feeling of weakness, like I could sleep all day. Also in my left abdomen under my ribs I have a pulsing mass, I usually can feel my pulse there but now it feels a little larger and is very sore. I also have been irritable."

The location of the pain that you are experiencing (lower back, left abdomen, under ribs) indicates a possible problem with the spleen. The pain and the history of embolism might also suggest that you are experiencing some type of hematological disorder that has caused the problem with the spleen. Blood disorders range from thrombosis to inflammation of the spleen to other, unknown causes.

In order to diagnose the exact problem and receive adequate treatment, you should at least check with your primary health care physician and request the basic laboratory blood tests. Do not delay in scheduling the examination because possible damage of the spleen might increase to a degree where a permanent complication might occur.

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