Dear ktirney, when doctors find nothing then they says its abdonial strain. It can be but if you really suffer cause of this pain then some serious disorders should be ruled out. You could have inguinal or ventral hernia
, do you feel some mass when you cough
on this place? if its intensity changes due to position than it can mean that gas in the colon
and position of intestines trigger the pain. In that case you can have an intraadbominal lesion or infection. Also you can have some kind of superficial neuropathy which can cause such intermitent pain. So if pain progresses I advice you to do some of imaging tests and pelvic/hip rtg. And neurological examination...
Wish you good health, Dr. Ivan Romic (Rominho)