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Pain upon pressure on lower left abdominal wall
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Pain upon pressure on lower left abdominal wall

I started yesterday having pain when I press on the area between waist and hip on my left front side.  Also have pain when moving wrong on just below my right rear waist.   Both seem to have gotten worse in the past 20 hours.  I have no nausea, dizziness, etc., appetite is fine, I'm at work, etc.  

Could this be caused from muscle pulls from moving heavier objects in an awkward, twisting position? For the past 3 weeks my condo has been in chaos as we've been moving furniture, boxes, etc. from room to room as they've done repiping and put in new floors.  Plus, I've been very stressed over my mother's health and spending time helping her out.  Plus, my husband just left this morning for 8 days in China.  Could it be caused by stress and overstrain?

As a medical history:  
A year ago I had a bowel resection due to colon cancer...it was completely successfull with none of the 24 nodes infected, nor any chemo/radio. needed.  I just had my year colonscopy,Cat and quarterly blood tests.  All looked great!  Yea!  
I have had the inoculation series for Hepititis (hepatitis) A & B, as well as shots for Yellow Fever, Typhoid, adult polio and tetnus. (You can see we've prepared for trips.)

Looking forward to a reply.  Sandy
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Certainly the surgery would put you at higher risk for something like a bowel obstruction, which can cause abdominal pain.  Certainly with a history of colon cancer, you have to ensure that there is no further evidence of recurrence.  If the GI causes have been ruled out (as it seems to have been with your routine colonoscopy and CT scans), certainly a muscle strain can also cause similar symptoms.

Irritable bowel disease can also cause pain in the side and can also be considered along with a muscle strain.  If this is suspected, increasing fiber content in the diet as well as anti-spasmodic agents should be considered.  

I would discuss these options with your personal physician.

Followup with your personal physician is essential.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Kevin, M.D.
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