Well, without a delayed pain response, that is.
I’ll get the disclaimers out of the way right up front: I don’t need this in a hurry, I realize it’s medical “advice” I’m looking for, and I get what I pay for. I know you’re (most likely) not a doctor, and I won’t base any treatment decisions on whatever you tell me–so far as you know. I choose this board because I’m ignorant about a lot of anatomy and there is a statistical possibility that someone here knows the answer, or how to find it. There.
I sometimes get a pain in my abdomen. It’s in the lower left quadrant, front, just inside (medial to) the protrusion we tend to call hip bone–in all that soft tissue. It’s just below, but not directly under the belt. It feels like the kind of pain you get from a pulled muscle. (foreshadowing)
My doctor is confused. So am I and I didn’t have to go to medical school to get that way. We did many tests. It’s not caused by anything I eat and we ruled out diverticulitis. A CT scan of the pelvis revealed nothing that could account for this.
This has been happening for years, never getting any worse, never going away completely. As luck would have it, I finally noticed that it comes on worse if I sit for a period of time with my legs crossed; and not in the manly ankle-on-the-knee type, but the kind where you put one thigh over the other. (Think Sharon Stone just before her “big reveal” in “Fatal Attraction.”) If I do this, I will have the pain in a little while.
Why would this happen? I’m in pretty good shape, and fairly limber (55 yo male, ~160# if that matters). I run three times a week and hike up mountains on weekends. I don’t have the symptom after either of these activities.
If I cross my legs–and it doesn’t matter which one is on top–I don’t feel any discomfort at the time, it always starts later. Same if I cross my legs and squeeze, trying to see if there’s a movement that does it. Nope, not at the time, always later.
I’m putting this out because someone might have had the same thing happen and I’d like to know what might have helped them. Yes, I can completely avoid it by just not crossing my legs and that’s what I usually (don’t) do. But yesterday I was working in such a way I needed to keep a tablet on my lap and that was the most convenient posture to assume. Today I’m in a lot of pain and more than a little annoyed that I shouldn’t be able to do such a commonplace thing.
Is this just part of getting old? If so, who do I talk to about an extended warranty?