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Pulled abdominal muscle or ovarian cyst?

By November 11, 2014 - 2:56pm
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Hi I've had abdominal pain starting in January 2014. The pain comes and goes every other month or few months. It's right on the left side of my belly button. Could this be a abdominal muscle strain or an ovarian cyst? My periods are regular however.

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My symptoms don't add to a ovarian cysts really but I'm not sure. What kind of a test do I need to do to find out? What kind of doctor do I go to? Also I feel the pain in the front of my stomach

November 11, 2014 - 11:28pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Bathsheva)

Your primary care or family physician should be able to order an imaging exam for you, such as an ultrasound exam, which will show if there are any tears or obstructions or other abnormalities that are causing your pain and provide you with a diagnosis.

November 12, 2014 - 6:32pm

Thank you so much for your answer and help. I forgot to mention that it hurts only when I move. What could it be if it hurts for almost a year coming and going?

November 11, 2014 - 11:07pm
HERWriter Guide


Hi Bathsheva and thanks for bringing your concerns to EmpowHER.

I'm sorry to hear that you have been dealing with this pain for almost a year, have been to three doctors, and still have no answers.

Mild to moderate muscle strains typically only last for a couple of days. They don't come and go over a period of several months.

Ovarian cysts typically do not cause pain. They can however cause pain if they are large, bleeding, break open, are bumped during intercourse, are twisted or in some way interfere with the blood supply to the ovary,

No one on the Internet will be able to determine what is causing your pain. Assuming that the doctors you saw did manual exams, it seems like the next step would be an imaging exam, such as ultrasound, to see if examining your body from the inside can help pinpoint the cause of your pain.

Please find a doctor who will take your concerns seriously and help you find out what is causing your pain. Let us know what you learn, and if we can help further.



November 11, 2014 - 6:26pm

I've been to three doctors and they didn't feel anything

November 11, 2014 - 2:56pm
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