I'm 35 years old and for about the last 3 months have been suffering with sharp twangs of pain in my lower right side of stomach.
Sometimes this pain travels to my right hip and lower back.
The pain is not constantly there more like shooting stabbing type pains.
My periods are as regular as clock work and I have no other symptoms....any advice on what this would be much appreciated.
The pain you described here - sharp twangs on lower right side of abdomen or stomach, that comes on and off and sometime spreads to your lower back and hip, sounds more like a pain arising from your right ovary.
Have you noticed a correlation with any time of the month? Does it seem to occur more about two weeks into your period? There is a condition called Mittleschmerz or Mid-cycle pain that could bring about such pain. This condition though tends to occur more in teenagers, though can occur at any point in a woman of childbearing age.
Another possibility of such a pain that causes on and off sharp "twangs" that could be on going for the length of time in the abdomen could be from an adhesion. Have you had any surgical operation in your abdomen? Appendectomy or maybe cesarean section? Scars formed after the wound inside your abdomen has healed, could cause the surface of an organ or organs in your abdominal cavity to stick to the wall of the abdomen, causing occasional dragging sensation and pain.
The good news is that none of these two conditions would cause you any significant or serious problem.
If the pain persists or worsening, please be sure to see your doctor. You may need to have an abdominal and pelvic ultrasound scan done to exclude ovarian problem.
We hope this helps. We also hope this pain resolves soonest. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any further query in the future as we wish you the very best.
Good Health To You,
Dr Omatseye Edema MD MSc MRCGP CCFP DRCOG
Family Physician, Emergency Medicine Practitioner and WebMD
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