11:44 pm - 01/05/2010

weird feeling in lower abdomen?

The past day or so I've been feeling a kind of weird sensation in my lower abdomen area, at the level of my hips, pretty much where I would assume my ovaries to be. It's concentrated pretty much to the right center area (in the middle of my hips, but more to the right side, if that makes sense). It's not painful, and not a cramp... it just feels kind of like pressure... it's hard to describe. My period, which was totally normal, basically ended Sunday and has been kind of trickling to an end since then (also normal for me). I've never really experienced anything like this before, and while it's not painful, it just doesn't really feel "normal" to me either. Has anyone experienced anything similar? I don't have insurance so I'd like to avoid going to the doctor if not necessary... But I'm worrying about what this could be. Hopefully it's just me being overly paranoid because I recently lost my health insurance. Or is it actually something I need to worry about? I'm not sexually active so I know it's nothing to do with pregnancy. I'm also not on any kind of birth control. Thanks!
conquis 6th-Jan-2010 07:53 am (UTC)
I would see how long it keeps on going for. If it's only been a day or two it may have something to do with your cycle that is just something new or you're not used to. I would wait maybe a week or two and see if it subsides. If it continues or goes away and comes back, I would suggest getting it checked out. I don't mean to put any negative thoughts out there, because it probably is indeed nothing, but I had a strange pulling/weird sensation in my abdomen that came and went and really never thought anything of it. But it eventually increased in discomfort over a few months. Had my annual, decided to get checked for STIs on a whim, and it turned out to be chlamydia. But, sometimes bodies do weird things for no reason. *shrug* I wouldn't worry about it, but just keep an eye on it.
onlyforever10 6th-Jan-2010 08:42 am (UTC)
It could be an ovarian cyst...mine usually feel like pressure in the area that you described. They usually go away within a cycle or two...but if the pain gets sharp or continues for a long time, I'd go see a gynecologist.
begforsummer 8th-Jan-2010 08:00 am (UTC)
Thank you for responding. I went ahead and made an appointment with a gyno just for my peace of mind, since the feeling kind of sort of went away yesterday, but is back today. I'm curious about your experience though... Do you feel pressure the entire time you have one, so basically for an entire cycle or two? Or does it go away at a certain point? I didn't feel the need to make an "emergency" appointment so my appointment isn't until Feb. 1, and I'm worried that might be too far away. It doesn't HURT as of now, but I'm not sure if I want to deal with this annoyance for another 3 weeks. And to that end... if, indeed it is a cyst, is there anything they can even do to relieve the discomfort? Thanks and sorry this was kind of long!
onlyforever10 8th-Jan-2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
I have a Mirena IUD, so I can't be positive how that has effected it and what might just be IUD stuff since I've only had it since August. However, I did go to my doctor who confirmed that I had cysts on both ovaries. They went away a month later at another appointment. I've never had cysts (at least not ones that I could feel) before I got my IUD, and I've only ever had 3 cycles where I've felt them.

Okay, so my experience was a pressure in my left abdomen that lasts maybe a week or a little longer out of the cycle. Mine was usually a week or two before my period. I was a little freaked out at first, but my doctor said that cysts are VERY common and usually go away on their own. You just need to be careful to try and not burst it. I know, that scared me too, but just don't do any contact sports or anything extreme where you might get punched in your ovaries or something like that.

I just used a heating pad and some ibuprofen to help with the discomfort. It is very annoying even though it isn't exactly painful.

Again, if it DOES last more than a few weeks or the pain gets sharp or more severe, you should probably go see your doctor.

I scared myself to death about these cysts, but the more I researched and talked to my doctor, the more I realized that almost EVERY female gets them at some point and more than likely it's not a big deal. Mine all went away on their own.

I sincerely hope you feel better, dear!
emptysthemepark 6th-Jan-2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
Could be an ovarian cyst or possibly a bladder infection... Sometimes I don't get the burning while peeing for a UTI, just a weird feeling like that and my urine just seems 'off' (you just know what's right for you). Give it a day or two, see how you feel. If it develops to sharp pain, or you start having other symptoms, go get checked. If it persists for several days, it might be the UTI and better to be safe and get checked.
nosecretlies 7th-Jan-2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
is it sort of like a "gurgley" feeling?
begforsummer 7th-Jan-2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
No, it's more a pressure like I'm pressing down on the area. But it was weird- it went away for a day yesterday, but today it's back...
nosecretlies 7th-Jan-2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
i get the gurgley feeling pre period and pretty much what you are talking about after. it comes and goes, right up until ovulation. oh, to be a girl...
nosecretlies 8th-Jan-2010 12:00 am (UTC)
and youd probably be pretty close to ovulating right now
begforsummer 8th-Jan-2010 12:07 am (UTC)
Yeah I'm a few days away. Thanks for the reply!
reaperfox 4th-Dec-2010 10:51 am (UTC)
Heya, I'm sorry this is an ANCIENT post and you've probably forgotten all about it, but I was wondering what the outcome was? I've had a very similar feeling and have to wait until Monday to see book an apt to see the doctor, and I'm sat here worrying sick about it. Joy. :P
begforsummer 4th-Dec-2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
Hey! First of all, try not to worry too much. I ended up having an ovarian cyst, which is very common! They put me on bc and I had to go for a follow up appt a few months later, and all was good. As long as you are not doubled over in pain, try to put it out of your mind until you go to the dr. Motrin helped me a little with the pressure feeling. Let me know if you have any other questions! Hope this helps!
k234t 20th-Sep-2011 11:18 am (UTC)
I kind of have the same problem.. I woke up a few days ago feeling very nautious, and with a weird feeling in my lower abdomen. And it has also been like.. Gurgling if that makes sense? All in my lower abdomen. And i have absolutly NO idea what it is. No pain really, some sharp pains every once and a while. But other then that its just gurgling and a very weird feeling. And the nausia. Help would be appreciated (:
mollyk23 I have the same!10th-Jul-2012 04:00 pm (UTC)
Hey everyone! Im so glad someone knows what this is bc I got this weird feeling a few days ago. My period is in a few days and this happened about two days ago and hasn't gone away. I know I have cysts and i have symptoms of PCOS. It was so weird bc Sunday morning I woke up so nauseous and sometimes that happens with me bc of my birth control even though it's the lowest dose. I lay down on my stomach to ease the pressure but of I'm sitting up it just feels like a tense ball if tht makes sense. Hopefully it'll go away but in a few weeks I o to my obgyn so I will bring it up but for the time being in glad I got an idea :)
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