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Question: Lower abdominal pain and burning in armpit area.

 chadtic - Tue Nov 15, 2005 10:45 am

I have had lower abdominal pain (both sides) in the colon area and buring sensation in the lymph node areas. Mainly upper body. Blood tests and urine tests have all been clear. Any ideas of what the problems could be if those tests are clear?
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Tue Dec 05, 2006 6:48 pm

User avatar Hello,

Abdominal pain is a nonspecific symptom for many medical conditions. That is why a lot more information about the character of the pain is always needed to reach the daiagnois. These informations include:
the site, the time of onset, duration of pain or the course of the pain, nature of pain e.g.dull, crampy etc, and any associted symptom or possible precipitating factor.

Your symptoms could be due to:

- an Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS.

Commonly people who have IBS complain of
Abdominal pain or colic
A bloated abdomen
Either Diarrhea or Constipation or an alternating between both of them

Stress and infections in the GI tract increase the frequency and the severity of IBS symptoms in almost all cases. Observe your habits and any associated changes in your symptoms accordingly may help in identifying the main cause.

Other causes to be excluded are:
- Renal pain:
Pains due to renal problems are coliky pains, felt in the abdomen, back and radiates down to the groin and, commonly associated with other urinary symptoms, like burning micturition or urine frequency.

- Colitis due to infectious or inflammatory disease like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
They all can be associated with tenderness.


- Recurrent abdominal pain can be a somatization for emotional or psycholigical peoblems.

Investigations include:
Complete blood picture , blood chemistry.
Stools analyis if there is a change in bowel habits
Urine analysis If urinary symptoms exist
Abdominal US.

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