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Lower abdomen pain

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  • Posted By: kangsjoan
  • July 3, 2009
  • 01:38 PM

I have this pain in my lower abdomen that I need help with. It feels like something hard is in there and it is painful even when having sex it feels like my partner is hitting something. My stomach is also distended on one side.

Can anyone help?

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  • I'm sorry to hear that you are having such problems. If this pain is located in your lower abdomen on one side more than the other & is in ovary location, My first thoughts are: Have you seen a gyno? Are your periods normal? Is the pain/tenderness worse during your menstrual cycle? A pap would/could confirm if your pelvis/or uterus is tilted/tipped,(which might explain pain or "hitting" something) or if you had an ovarian cyst, they may want to check you for Endometriosis (sounds worse than it is-promise. Our body produces excess scar tissue with this common "disease/disorder" which can be found anywhere in the uterus, on ovaries, on outside lining of stomach-internally. No life threatening at all.) Scar tissue is "abnormal" in our body and causes pain with the restrictions that it creates. Can also account for some emotional issues.Are you on birth control? Sometimes the levels can be off & that makes our bodies overreact. I hope that you find your answers & I wish you well Becca318
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  • they may want to check you for Endometriosis (sounds worse than it is-promise. Our body produces excess scar tissue with this common "disease/disorder" which can be found anywhere in the uterus, on ovaries, on outside lining of stomach-internally. No life threatening at all.) Scar tissue is "abnormal" in our body and causes pain with the restrictions that it creates. Can also account for some emotional issues.Becca,HI there! I have to say that I completely disagree that Endometriosis "sounds worse than it is"!! The info you have given re: endo is NOT very accurate at all! I was diagnosed with endometriosis 14 years ago and have had 5 surgeries to "treat and remove" endo lesions and the tons of scar tissue that endo (and all the surgeries I've had) has caused. It is NOT just some "extra scar tissue" growing in various areas of the body!! Endo is actually a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (the endometrial stroma and glands, which should only be located inside the uterus) is found elsewhere in the body. Endometriosis lesions can be found anywhere in the pelvic cavity: on the ovaries, the fallopian tubes, and on the pelvic sidewall. Other common sites include the uterosacral ligaments, the cul-de-sac, the Pouch of Douglas, and in the rectal-vaginal septum.In addition, it can be found in cesarean-section scars, laparoscopy or laparotomy scars, and on the bladder, bowel, intestines, colon, appendix, and rectum. But these locations are not so common.The most common symptom is pelvic pain. The pain often correlates to the menstrual cycle, but a woman with endometriosis may also experience pain that doesn’t correlate to her cycle. For many women, the pain of endometriosis is so severe and debilitating that it impacts their lives in significant ways. ** Endometriosis can cause pain during intercourse. That is one of the most common symptoms of endo. Personally, I think the description the OP gave of her pain during sex is a classic endo presentation!Endometriosis can also cause scar tissue and adhesions to develop that can distort a woman’s internal anatomy. **(Sounds like maybe endo could be life-threatening after all! Maybe not directly, but...??)It is estimated that 30-40% of women with endometriosis may not be able to have children!!** Many myths and misconceptions about endometriosis still persist, even in medical literature. For many women, management of this disease may be a long-term process. Therefore, it is important to educate yourself and take the time to find a good doctor. By the way, your statement that endo can "account for some emotional issues" could be offensive to some endo patients. I hope this helps clear up some of the facts about endometriosis! There is just soo much INCORRECT INFO on Endo out there! Thanks!!~Charli
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