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Twinges of pain in lower abdomen

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I have had a sensation that is turning into twinges of pain for five months. The sensation was in my lower abdomen and twinges into the labia (Obviously I am a woman - 67 years old and otherwise healthy - non smoker). I have had a cat scan, colonoscopy, ultra sound, and laparoscopy. All normal other than a very small kidney stone in one kidney. I have discomfort across my lower abdomen when coughing, lifting, and when lying down and lifting my head or my legs. No lumps or sore areas. I am only guessing a hernia but my doctor(s) have not come up with a better solution. My chiropractor thinks it is a hernia but obviously he is not a part of all this diagnostic work.
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replied August 10th, 2009
Generally speaking, a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis is pretty sensitive for groin or pelvic hernias. A thorough laparoscopic evaluation will usually also reveal groin or abdominal wall hernias. I wonder, based upon the information that you've provided, whether or not you might have strained the muscles and connective tissues of your lower abdomen and groin (?).

While a specific cause for your symptosm has not been found, at least your extensive work-up has eliminated a number of potentially serious health problems. Perhaps a trial of anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy may be of help to you (you might discuss this with your physician).

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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