For several days, I have been experiencing a dull pain in my lower left back - I would say at the hip or pelvis line - definitely lower than the kidneys. It is in the back rather than the abdominal area, but does not feel like standard back pain (which I also have from time to time) - I mean, it does not feel like muscular or joint pain - it feels like abdominal pain - it's just located in the back. The pain is dull but gets sharper when I stand and walk. The level of pain differs when laying down depending on how I position myself.
Other symptoms right now include the leftovers of a cold (slight cough, sniffle), and intermittent slight nausea / stomach upset.
Possibly related history: in 2008, I had an anal abscess (which was drained) which turned into a fistula in 2009. Sometime in spring 2009, I had this same dull left back pain. When I went to see the doctor about it, he assumed the pain was related to the fistula (which I hadn't had any issues with aside from occasional blood). A few months later, I had a partial fistulotomy and seton placement - after which I no longer had the dull pain, followed by the completion of the surgery in December). It has been over a month since the fistulotomy and everything in that area feels fine and healed.
This dull pain just started again in the last few days. Otherwise, I thought I was starting to feel healthy again.
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