by Roger Grenier
(Montréal, Québec, Canada)
Hello, i am a sixty years old man who is active, i play softball and work out in a gym. About a month ago, i started to have this pain, it was uncomfortable to run or do some exercises that needed me to squat, the pain was not so bad. Last night i played softball and i had make fast sprints to first base, after the second race, it was hard to walk for me but i stayed in the game. This morning, as it was painful just to walk my grandson to daycare.
Do you think this is only muscular, i am a little afraid of cancer cause i lost a sister, a brother and my father. (i never smoked)
Thanks a lot.
I can see why you are concerned about this pain on your lower abdomen from the left to center, which you say you experience only in the front part of your body; after losing three close relatives to cancer.
It would be presumptuous of anyone to completely dismiss your concerns without a thorough detailed information gathering, a focused physical examination and blood works coupled with some scans or x-rays as might be necessary.
By way of finding out more information, you said this pain on your lower abdomen has been going on for about a month now.
It would be reasonable to see a doctor to examine your left lower abdomen to exclude an hernia as well.
Top conditions that could lead to the type of pain you described in the front of your left lower abdomen include:
Very very rarely, a bowel cancer could cause pain in the front of your lower abdomen but I have no reason whatsoever to suspect this as a cause, from the information provided. I will therefore suggest you book in to see your family doctor. Explain all your concerns to him or her, including your strong family history of cancers.
I hope this helps to point things in the right direction?
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Good Health To You.
Dr Omatseye Edema MD MRCGP CCFP MSc DRCOG
Family Physician, Emergency Medicine Practitioner and WebMD
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