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Hello, since November of last year, I have been having severe pain in my lower abdomen. It first started out only when I did any cardio heavy physical activities (the first time I noticed it was doing a 40 min elliptical run, and it started somewhere around min. 20). The pain would usually go away shortly after stopping the exercise. I do have to point out that prior to that, I lost a lot of weight, but I don´t think this is the reason. In the last 2-3 months, the pain has been getting more often and often. It now also occurs when I am not doing physical activities, but it gets way worse when I try to run/do any kind of hops etc. As mentioned, the pain usually starts in the lower left abdomen, just left and under my belly button, spreads to the hip and upwards, ending around where the rib cage ends (I have included a picture outlining the area). What is strange, the pain sometimes (although rarely) occurs on the right side too, in the same areas I have mentioned above. The doctor sent me to do an abdomen ultrasound that showed nothing and an X-ray of my left hip that also came out clean. He prescribed some anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen at first for 10 days, currently I am on diclofenac) as he predicts the pain is due to an inflammation of my abdominal aponeuroses. He also pointed out that there is no way to diagnose the inflammation and the only thing I can do is see if the drugs work, otherwise I´ll just have to "wait it out". We have ruled out any potential bowel infections, as I don´t have any problems with my digestion. The thing is, neither the first nor the second drug seems to be working. After taking the drug, the pain becomes milder or goes away for a few hours (probably due to the pain killing effect these pills have), but it usually comes back even stronger. I don´t think "waiting it out" is not an option in my case, as the pain is getting worse day by day, and even simple things like walking or driving a car are becoming really painful. Other than that, it´s more than half a year and it has only gotten worse, why would "waiting it out" not make it better? Any suggestions, opinions, experiences or possible diagnosis are welcome.
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