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What causes lower abdominal pain while sitting down?

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Dr. Shoaib Khan

General & Family Physician

Practicing since :2009

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Posted on Tue, 20 Oct 2015 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: Hope so. I am 65 and have been physically active my whole life. About 4 days ago I noticed some pain in my lower abdomen when I sat down. The next day I did not have a bowel movement although I tried and needed to. So the second day I took a laxative and several hours later had a movement in which the stool was very hard and then another and the stool was normal. But there still seemed to be something still in there like a blockage or something. The third day laxatives again and some stool is coming out with water and mucus. This is the fourth day and I am having pain in my lower abdomen (below belly button) when I apply a little pressure. Also if i jump up and down without tightening my solar plexus it is painful. Up and down movement while sitting and getting up from sitting is a little painful. What is your advice? Thank you very much.
Answered by Dr. Shoaib Khan 7 hours later
Brief Answer:
A few suggestions, along with advise to seek medical help

Detailed Answer:
Hello sir and welcome.

Thank you for writing to us.

I have gone through your query with diligence and would like you to know that I am here to help. You should know that with your presentation there is not only a possibility of an abnormality with your GIT (gastrointestinal tract) but also with the surrounding structures which could be applying pressure on the GIT (mainly your bowels) resulting in difficult in passing your bowels.

Laxatives making a bowel movement easier does point towards either a surrounding structure abnormality or one with your diet, lifestyle, etc.

The following is my advise:

+High fiber diet
+Drink plenty of water (3 litres at least)
+Mild exercise about an hour after each meal to help with digestion
+Eat food that is easy to digest
+Visit a doctor for a physical examination which should reveal any inflammtion, blockage, etc; in the region
+At your doctors office, request for an ultrasound of your lower abdomen and pelvis which will reveal the condition of all the internal structures in the region

I hope I have explained things in a manner best understood by you. Please feel free to write back to me for any further clarifications, I am always here to help.

Best wishes.
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