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  • exhausted-struggling to find diagnosis.

    Posted by Kimmers28 on June 18, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    I am a 28 yr old female and have been experiencing symptoms for 2.5 months constantly. I am feeling helpless and my life is stuck because I can’t do anything but lay in bed. It started in a week after I had moved ( I was lifting heavy suitcases alone) and I was also put on antibiotics because I had a sinus infection (and was straining from the antibiotics causing me to be constipated and from coughing also)..well the pain started as symptoms of intense pressure on my right lower abdomen – 3 fingers inward from hip bone, swelling (no bump) and pain with movement. Could only lay on my back. The pain continued horrifically for 1.5 weeks than gradually let up. Now I have this heavy pressure whenever I stand up or move, laying down makes me have no symptoms. I have to hold my pelvic area when I walk because of the pressure I feel. I also feel “hardened” muscle or something down there.i have been diagnosed with ovarian cysts, pelvic inflammatory disease, etc…and none of it turned out to be true. I teach dance and am active and having my passion being taken away from me is devastating. Can someone please offer advice

    PS. Have had ct scan laying supine – found nothing. Did pelvic ultrasound and also negative for cysts or anything else. Blood work is great.

    drtowfigh replied 10 years ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • drtowfigh

    June 22, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    exhausted-struggling to find diagnosis.

    Your symptoms and the area of pain are all consistent with a possible inguinal hernia. For sure, you should seek the diagnosis first from your medical doctor, and then from a general surgeon. If your general surgeon is not convinced or if your doctor says its a strain or it’s all in your head, then move on to another surgeon. Your imaging may or may not show a hernia: much of it is based on interpretation, so I do not recommend you get more studies until a hernia specialists or an expert radiologist confirms you have no hernia on your scans.

    Hernia specialists are not common. If there are none near you and you cannot get a radiologist specialist to re-read your scans, then I recommend an MRI with valsalva to demonstrate a small hidden hernia. It is more common among women.

    Let us know how it goes. You are going through the same struggles as everyone else on this discussion board.

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