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Stomach hurts and feels bloated all the time. What is going on?

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The left side of my stomach hurts and feels bloated all the time. It is at its worst when I am sitting up at my desk or in the car. Lying down helps a little. I feel like I just ate Thanksgiving dinner all the time. Also my lower back began hurting pretty bad a couple days ago as well. What is going on?
Posted Wed, 17 Oct 2012 in Abdominal Pain
Answered by Dr. Charles S Narasi 43 minutes later
Hello, XXXXXX,
I see you are a young 28 year old male. Left sided abdominal
pain can be caused by a number of things. It might be related
to muscles of the abdominal wall or from something XXXXXXX
Your spleen is up high under the left rib cage and part of the
stomach and the large intestine portion called the splenic
flexure. Some times trapped gas in that segment of the bowel
can cause intense pain, and changing the position might relieve
this. That's probably what happens when you lye down . Try and
see if gently rubbing the abdomen starting from right lower side
of the abdomen , up and around to the left side all the way down.
If you have trapped gas this should help relieve it.
If the pain is in the loin area on the left side and you have had
some urinary problems, we have to rule out kidney stone or
You mention that you had a hernia repair and I am not sure if
it was the left or right side. Regardless, it is possible to have
some scar tissue formation and adhesions which can lead to
some kinking of the intestine bringing on pain.
Lower back pain may or may not be related to this, although
kidney problem can give back pain.
Your posture is also important when you sit at your desk or car.
Hope you sit upright .
If the pain continues or gets worse , please see your doctor
that did your hernia surgery for a followup.
Wish you well.
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