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Hi everyone, I am in a full state of panic now.

I went to sleep and woke up after 3 hours with really unusual and bad abdominal pain in my lower right area. There was this one area that was painful if I press on it. :(

I went to the toilet to release it and my bowel movement was okay. However, it did little relief on my pain.

I tried to calm down and walk around and the pain was still there. :( i had to force burp myself and i released lots of gas through burping. Still little relief.

It took me around 30 mins to walk around trying to calm myself.

I then tried to lie on my stomach and lo and behold, After 5 mins of sleeping on my stomach, the pain reduced greatly. And then i had the urge to go to the toilet again to poop, and so I did. I felt better more. I returned to lay on my stomach after this and now the pain seeks to be gone. No more pain when I press the same area.

What does this sound like? I feel like I still have to go to the ER but I am really scared :(
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Re: Woke up with bad lower abdominal pain. Was about to go to the ER!
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2014, 07:17:07 PM »
Anybody? :(
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Re: Woke up with bad lower abdominal pain. Was about to go to the ER!
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2014, 07:20:50 PM »
Sounds like gas.  Do you have IBS?  I feel like that when my IBS is acting up.
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Re: Woke up with bad lower abdominal pain. Was about to go to the ER!
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2014, 07:22:52 PM »
If the pain is GONE then why would you go to the ER?   Appendicitis pain doesn't just go away like that.  Is it still gone?
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Re: Woke up with bad lower abdominal pain. Was about to go to the ER!
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2014, 07:37:51 PM »
Hello sun and falcon, thank you for replying.

I haven't been diagnosed with IBS yet but I do have some burping and was on omeprazole for a month for some  acidity issues.

The pain is still gone for now. I had my appendix taken out when I was 8 years old. Long story but things were easier back then when I wasn't hypochondriac :(
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Re: Woke up with bad lower abdominal pain. Was about to go to the ER!
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2014, 07:43:52 PM »
The only thing that sounded like (WHEN you had the pain) was appendicitis.  Otherwise just sounds like gas.  Gas can double you over in pain actually!
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Re: Woke up with bad lower abdominal pain. Was about to go to the ER!
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2014, 08:31:40 AM »
Thanks, sun. I find it hard to believe that gas can cause that kind of pain.

Can gas be really painful at times? :(
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Re: Woke up with bad lower abdominal pain. Was about to go to the ER!
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2014, 08:43:41 AM »
Yrs..gas pain can be horrible...
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Re: Woke up with bad lower abdominal pain. Was about to go to the ER!
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2014, 09:14:20 AM »
Thanks, sun. I find it hard to believe that gas can cause that kind of pain.

Can gas be really painful at times? :(

Oh yes!!  I'm not lactose intolerant, but at TIMES ice cream (maybe once a year) will cause me so much abdominal pain I actually "double over" holding my stomach!  And it's gas because I never end up using the bathroom, it just slowly goes away.  UNLESS it's spasms?  A friend of mine AND my daughter can't eat lettuce because that is how bad their stomach hurts (my friend said that when younger, before she KNEW it was lettuce, would lay on her bed and think she was dying!) - again, no pooping, no nothing.  My husband, he will complain of horrible pain (but further up, like on his left side and he'll "punch" his breast and keep burping and burping and then he's fine.)
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Re: Woke up with bad lower abdominal pain. Was about to go to the ER!
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2014, 10:22:10 AM »
Definitely sounds like a trapped gas bubble in the lower intestinal area.  I've had this and it's really painful.  Lying on my stomach is usually the only thing that will help me and sometimes it takes a while for it to subside.  You are totally fine, I'm sure that's what it is.  And since it's gone away, even less reason to worry.
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Re: Woke up with bad lower abdominal pain. Was about to go to the ER!
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2014, 10:24:38 AM »
Oh and to answer your question if gas can be really painful... YESSSS.  I've had gas pain so bad before that I almost cried while writhing on the couch.  My stomach looked like a balloon.  Once I passed it, I was all better.  It can hurt like crazy.
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Re: Woke up with bad lower abdominal pain. Was about to go to the ER!
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2014, 10:39:21 AM »
Thank farmgirl, sun, and air nomad,

Wow, I never thought that gas could cause that much pain. I think you had it worse! Thanks for the reassurance. The experience hasn't returned and I hope it stays that way. :(
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