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Pain in the lower abdomen on coughing, stabbing pain on sneezing, have high BP. Appendicitis or pulled muscle?

Hi. I woke up this am with pain in my lower right abdomen when I cough . A little later i sneezed twice and it felt like a sword stabbed me in the side. I dont think I have a fever . I am 52 yrs old in great general health with slightly high BP . Have any idea if this may b e appendiscitus or just a pulled muscle? thanks!
Asked On : Mon, 10 Sep 2012
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Appendicitis is always a possibility when you raise your intra-abdominal pressure (with something like coughing) and then feel pain from that in the right lower abdomen.

Other possibilities include a hernia...and, as you mentioned, a strained or pulled muscle of the abdominal wall.

Answered: Tue, 11 Sep 2012
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