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Abdominal Pain

My boyfriend has had this right lower quadrent abdominal pain on and off for the past 3 weeks.  It seems to happen more when he is in the sitting position.  He rates it from a severe ache to stabbing pain. He doesn't relate it to eating or excercise.  Unfortunately he doesn't have health insurace at the moment.  Any ideas of what it could be???
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Unfortunately your boyfriend is in the position of many Americans right now-- choosing between finances and health care.  Be aware that sometimes people wait too long, and a simple problem becomes a more costly one.  I'm not saying he needs to run to a doctor, but if he continues to have problems that should be considered.

It would require an exam to determine what is going on with your BF.  The pain could be from a pulled muscle or from a hernia;  in line with the first paragraph, a hernia can be a 'benign' medical condition that can become a life-threatening emergency if it becomes 'incarcerated'--i.e. bowel becomes trapped and the blood supply pinched off.

Other considerations include appendicitis or diverticulitis-- unlikely given the lack of fever, nausea, or diarrhea, but again, nothing can really be ruled out without an examination.  So many things can cause abdominal pain-- bowel obstruction, kidney stones... even disc herniation can cause abdominal pain if it is a certain location.

I wish I could be of more help; I can't even say with certainty that he should see a doctor or should wait.  In general, I would recommend seeing a doctor if such a condition interferes with function, if it continues for a long period of time, or if 'constitutional symptoms' appear-- like fever, nausea and vomiting, or diarrhea.  

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