Pain in lower right abdominal area

by A

Hello, I'm 19, female, and in decent health.

Last night, I was lying in bed ready to go to sleep when I felt pain that didn't feel like cramps or anything I've felt before in my lower right abdominal area, about halfway between my belly button and the right side of my pelvic bone.

I figured I would just sleep it off and it would be better in the morning. For most of the morning and afternoon, I don't remember it being a bother (although I wasn't paying too much attention), but then I went to work around 4 pm and things started to get worse. It hurts regardless of what position my torso is in, although it is a stabbing pain if I bend over or move my torso in any way.

I also placed a little bit of pressure with my fingers around the area and it feels like there is something there but I could just be imagining that. Also, there is a bit of gas and it feels like it helps the pain when I release.

I also took one buscopan pill from a previous prescription on the "okay" of one of my coworkers (I work in a drug store) which so far is helping a little bit but not a lot. I thought I would also mention that I have a history of bladder infections which have all been within the last 3-4 years. I do have a tendency to worry prematurely and I hope that this is not the case here, but should I be worried?


Dear A,

It is almost 36 hours ago you wrote. How is the pain in your lower right abdominal area now? I hope it has gone off completely?

Where you in or around the middle of your period / menstrual cycle? Was it about two weeks ago you saw your last menses? If yes, then the pain you described does sound like that following ovulation or what we call corpus luteum cyst.

If the pain is still there now, I would suggest you see a doctor to be examined.

Other causes of pain in that region include appendicitis - that will cause you to feel nauseated, with reduced appetite and you would rather want to stay still than moving about looking for a good position for comfort; kidney stones, ovarian cyst problems; and a few more conditions.

We would love to hear back from you on how the pain went and if you saw a doctor, what it was thought to be.

Many thanks for visiting us here at We hope you found it useful.

Yours sincerely,

Family Physician, Emergency Medicine Practitioner and WebMD

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