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Flank pain and now abdominal tightness: guess I’m going to the doc.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 by  
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I really hate going to the doctor, but I think a trip in the near future is unavoidable. I don’t think I’ve mentioned it in my blog (or if I have it was in passing), but for a few months now I’ve been dealing with a dull, aching pain deep in my right flank. It’s almost impossible to pinpoint the exact location, but it feels like it’s in the general area of my right kidney. I thought I might have bruised a rib or something, but the pain is just not going away. When I lift weights and ride my bike I can’t even feel it, but when I’m simply lying in bed the ache is there. The ache becomes quite painful when I’m in the middle of sitting up, like if I were doing a crunch.

I don’t know if this is related, but last week I mentioned that I was experiencing some abdominal tightness. I figured it was just a mild bug or whatever, and sure enough the tightness went away a couple of days later. I was fine all weekend long, but yesterday the tightness came back and it was painful enough that I was not able to lift. This morning it’s still there, but not quite as bad as it was yesterday. As I mentioned last week, eating seems to alleviate the abdominal pain, and that makes me wonder if it could be an ulcer…

Apart from what I just mentioned there have been no other symptoms or problems.

Anyway, I could sit here speculating all day but that’s not going to do me any good. It’s about time for a checkup and a blood workup anyway, so I might as well get in there and see if they can figure out what’s going on.

If you missed yesterday’s blog I finally got the big home bike repair shop article (with video and picture) done.

John Stone Fitness Comments

10 Responses to “Flank pain and now abdominal tightness: guess I’m going to the doc.”
  1. I’ve had this EXACT same flank issue, word for word, off and on for the past couple of years. At first I thought it might be related to working out, but when I stopped working out for an extended period, it was still present. Then I thought maybe it was the bed, but without changing anything, it has both gone away and come back again. So, I don’t know.

    It’s really bizarre to see someone describe my exact issue. I haven’t gotten it checked out because of exactly what you pointed out about it only being present when lying down or getting up from a lying position. All throughout the day during normal activities I don’t feel it, so it’s out of sight and out of mind. I’m really interested in hearing what your doctor has to say.

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    • Hrm, that’s very interesting. I’ll certainly let everyone know what’s going on once I talk to my doctor (might be a week or two).

      It would also be interesting to compare what our doctors find – have you reconsidered going to your doctor about the issue?

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  2. I too had this exact pain in the exact same spot.

    Trying to figure out the root of the pain was a slow process, but I was ultimately able to narrow it down to the multivitamin I was taking (Animal Pak). I’m can’t say with 100% certainty that Animal Pak was the culprit, but I was pain free within days of cutting it out of my diet, and I have remained pain free ever since. I don’t know what your multivitamin regimen consists of, but I just thought I’d share my experience. You may want to give it a shot and see if anything improves.

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    • That is very surprising. I used Animal Pak for many years, but I’ve not taken it in more than a year. I don’t see any harm in cutting out my current multi-vitamin for a week just in case.

      What multi-vitamin (if any) are you taking now?

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  3. I also used Animal Pak for many years and never had any ill effects whatsoever, but when I quit taking it and the pain went away, I just stopped taking a multi altogether.

    Honestly, I became too chicken to try anything else… I didn’t want to risk a recurrence of the pain. Instead, with the help of Mastover, I focused on getting my nutrient intake from a sound diet. Of course, there are deficiencies that even the best diets won’t replenish, but for me, it’s worth the trade off.

    I’ve considered taking the Animal Pak again for a week or so (I’ve got a few of the big tubs still sitting in my pantry), but only for one reason – to confirm whether or not my assumptions about the root of the pain were/are correct.

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