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Identifying Pain on the Lower Left Side of the Torso

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I have a very bad pain on the lower left side of my body.The pain is like a cramp and is travelling to my lower back. if i cough or sneeze it tends to hurt more,and also when i make certain movements. Its usually worse after sleeping i can barely get out of bed. It is very uncomfortable sitting down because i have to keep moving to find the most suitable position. I have had the pain for about a week. Can you please enlighten me.

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replied February 9th, 2006
Appendix, Appendicitis, Gallbladder Disorders Answer A310
It seems that your pain is originating either from the abdominal muscles (myalgia) or from the spinal nerves in that area. You can request an X-ray image of the lumbar vertebral column to see if there are some spondilotic changes of the vertebrae. An ultrasound examination of the kidneys is also recommended to exclude possible nephrolitiasis. You can try some analgesics in the meantime to relieve the pain.
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