Weird abdominal issues
November 25, 2011 8:21 AM Subscribe
Weird abdominal issues: I have a doctor's appointment for Tuesday and would appreciate thoughts on whether it's OK to wait until then.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (9 answers total)
Background: I'm a late 30s male, normal weight, taking simvastatin for cholesterol control for about the last 6 months.
In the last two weeks, two possibly related symptoms have appeared and might be getting worse (or maybe it was the feast last night).
The first is an intermittent weird pressure (or sometimes pulling) in my lower abdomen, immediately above my testicles. Not really any pain and just slight discomfort, but disconcerting. I can't find any weird bulges or the like. Maybe a hernia? I have done a little heavy lifting that I am not accustomed to.
The second is bouts of severe indigestion in the middle of the night: discomfort and nausea, a little gas, but no vomiting or diarrhea. Bowel movements are essentially normal and regular.
I suspect the second symptom might be diet related, but would diet explain the first? Lately I have been worse about eating fatty foods, getting lazy since the statin meds have reduced my cholesterol. Also, I drink quite a bit of strong beer, often 4 or more glasses a night. This amount hasn't given me any trouble before. The nocturnal indigestion might correlate with the amount of drinking. I plan to cut out all alcohol the next day or two and see if it helps. I have no history of food allergy, lactose intolerance, etc.
I have a doc appointment on Tuesday. I've been trying to call the office today to see about getting in, but nobody is answering the phone and they are closed on the weekend, so I probably can't get in before Monday or Tuesday.
If there is a reason to suspect this needs attention before then (appendicitis?), please let me know. Thanks!
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