WEIRD FEELING LOWER ABDOMEN

 

Do you have a weird feeling lower abdomen? This weird feeling might come in different forms, like pain, tingling feeling, numbness, or movements in your lower abdomen. It is not always that this weird feeling lower abdomen is something serious, but there are a few causes where you might need to seek medical care, or some symptoms where you have to focus on them in order to save yourself from the miseries of having a weird feeling in your lower abdomen.

Sometimes, simple things like indigestion, food poisoning can also cause weird feeling lower abdomen. Not only these, sometimes anxiety can also cause you to experience such a thing.

In this article, we will discuss some of the causes, which are as follows:

 

  • Baby kicks.

  • Baby moving.

  • Hiccups.

  • Limb stretching.

 

 

Further in this article we will discuss about:

 

 

PREGNANCY RELATED CAUSES

Pregnancy can cause weird feeling lower abdomen. With the growth of baby, his movements may cause you to feel weirdness in your lower abdomen.

This feeling of these fluttery sensations in your lower abdomen when pregnant is called quickening. This happens when your baby begins to move for the first time. This happens in the second trimester, or the time period of 4th month of your pregnancy to your 6th month (16-25 weeks of your pregnancy).

This weird feeling lower abdomen is normal to feel in your second trimester, and may be because of a number of causes, including:

  • Baby hiccupping.
  • Baby turning over.
  • Stretching of limbs by baby.
  • Kicking.

But there are instances when you might need to seek medical care, particularly when you see some other symptoms along with weird feeling lower abdomen. These symptoms that you should always take seriously and should seek immediate medical care are as follows:

  • Extreme diarrhea.
  • Dizziness.
  • High-grade fever (more than 37°C or 100°F).
  • Pain or burning sensation while urinating.
  • Vaginal bleeding.
  • Vision problems (blurred vision or experiencing spots).
  • Swollen hands, face, or fingers.
  • Severe headache.
  • Pain (in arms, legs, or chest).

 

NON-PREGNANCY RELATED CAUSES

DYSPEPSIA

Dyspepsia or indigestion is medically a condition where you experience a pain in your upper abdomen that never goes away, or the pain which remains constant. Even though dyspepsia is a term used to describe pain in upper abdomen, it can still make you experience a weird feeling lower abdomen.

Symptoms of dyspepsia are:

  • Weird feeling lower abdomen.
  • Burning sensation in stomach.
  • Bloating.
  • Nausea and vomiting.

You may be at a risk of getting dyspepsia if you consume alcohol more than normal limits, use some medication like aspirin or pain killers, if you have ulcers, issues with your gallbladder, or acid reflux.

 

MUSCLE SPASM

Muscle spasms, like in any other organ, may cause you experience weird feeling lower abdomen. Major organs that are in the lower abdomen are colon and small intestines. Any issue with them, any spasm in them, will cause weird feeling lower abdomen. This may occur because of a number of underlying health conditions including bowel obstruction, diverticulitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or perforation.

Other than that, there might be some non-serious issues that cause muscle spasm including an aggressive session of exercise. But this sort of spasm, and weird feeling lower, improves with time. But if this pain stays, and does not go away, seek medical help, as it may be because of a medical reason.

 

IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME

It is a syndrome which causes a number of different symptoms in different people. It is a disorder of large intestines. All the cases suffer from a few common symptoms, one of which is abdominal pain, which may cause weird feeling lower abdomen. Other symptoms that patients with IBS may share are:

  • Change in timing of bowel movements.
  • Change in appearance of bowel movements.
  • Abdominal pain, cramps, and bloating that improves with bowel movement.

You might be at a risk of having this syndrome if you are someone under the age of 50, if you are a female, if someone in your family has irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or if you are someone who suffers from mental illnesses.

Certain foods, and general stress and anxiety trigger your symptoms if you have this syndrome.

Seek immediate medical help in case you experience:

  • Weight loss.
  • Vomiting.
  • Difficulty in swallowing.
  • Anemia.
  • Rectal bleeding.

 

OVULATION

There are some women who have weird feeling lower abdomen and pain in their lower abdomen when they ovulate. This condition is known as Mittelschmerz, which is a German word meaning “pain during middle of the month”. It lasts for a few minutes to a day or two for some women. Even though this is a non-serious issue, but if you think your pain is more than what you can bear, see a doctor.

 

INTESTINAL OBSTRUCTION

It is a serious problem where something blocks your intestines- large or small intestines. It is also known as bowel obstruction. This obstruction may be complete, or incomplete, or you can have a something called pseudo-obstruction (term used when you have all the symptoms of a normal intestinal obstruction, but nothing actually is obstructing it).

Symptoms of intestinal obstruction are:

  • Weird feeling lower abdomen.
  • Constipation.
  • Inability to pass gas.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Nausea or vomiting,

If you are constipated for a long time, and that is the reason of weird feeling lower abdomen, seek medical help.

 

ALLERGIC REACTION

If you are allergic to a certain type of food (for example gluten allergy in case of celiac disease), you may experience weird feeling lower abdomen. There are many other symptoms of allergic reaction to food, including:

  • Bloating.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Constipation.
  • Vomiting.
  • Weight loss.

 

GASTRITIS

It is a condition where the lining of your stomach is swollen. This usually happens because of overgrowth of a certain bacteria called Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori in your stomach, which is otherwise normally present in your stomach. Other reason why the lining of your stomach might be swollen or inflamed is consumption of NSAIDs or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. But there might be some other causes, including infections, autoimmune problems (like Crohn’s, or sarcoidosis).

Symptoms of gastritis may include:

  • Abdominal pain.
  • Weird feeling lower abdomen.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Indigestion.
  • Bloating.

In case your gastritis is severe enough, you may experience bloody vomiting, blood in your stools, and anemia.

Treatment of gastritis is usually treating the underlying causes. Sometimes, home remedies may help relieve you of the annoying symptoms you experience, like changing your diet.

 

DIVERTICULITIS

Diverticula are small pouches in the lining of your gastrointestinal tract or what you know as digestive tract. These pouches are most often found in the colon, which the lower part of your large intestines. These pouches, or diverticula, are common after 40 years of age, and are non-serious and do not cause a problem.

When one or more of these pouches are inflamed or infected it is known as diverticulitis. It can lead to severe abdominal pain, weird feeling lower abdomen, sharp pain in lower abdomen when coughing, fever, nausea, and change in bowel habits.

With an increase in your age, the risk of you getting diverticulitis increases. Or if you are overweight or obese, if you smoke, if you do not exercise very well, poorly balanced diet, or some medications.

If left untreated, this diverticulitis may lead to abscess formation (pus is accumulated in one or more of these pouches), bowel blockage, fistula, or peritonitis (where these inflamed or infected pouches burst and spill the contents in your abdomen). Peritonitis among these complications is a medical emergency and needs immediate medical care.

Diverticulitis can be prevented if you exercise well, eat a balanced diet, keep yourself hydrated, and cut down on your smoking.

 

PEPTIC ULCER

Peptic ulcers include ulcers on the lining of your stomach or your duodenum. It usually causes severe pain in your upper abdomen, but may cause weird feeling lower abdomen as well.

Symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Pain after eating.
  • Pain that improves with eating.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.

Ulcers are formed because of overgrowth of Helicobacter pylori in your stomach, and over-use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications.

In case of these symptoms, see a doctor as untreated peptic ulcers can have dangerous complications.

 

Weird feeling lower abdomen is not only caused by the above-mentioned things. Some other problems that might cause the issue are cystitis, renal stones, inguinal hernia, testicular torsion, ovarian torsion, vaginal infections, pelvic tumors, anal fissure, and pelvic mass.

 

CYSTITIS

It is a term used for bladder inflammation. This inflammation may be caused by infection caused by bacteria, which is commonly known as an UTI. Symptoms of cystitis may include:

  • Dysuria.
  • Frequency.
  • Weird feeling lower abdomen.
  • Urgency.
  • Fever, in some cases.

 

RENAL STONES

Are also known as kidney stones, and are experienced by many a people. These are deposits of minerals that build up in your kidneys, and is not painful. But in case these stones travel down to the ureters, this can be really painful and may cause a weird feeling lower abdomen.

 

INGUINAL HERNIA

Inguinal hernia is a condition in which the mass protrudes out of the abdominal wall and is usually felt in the groin region. Hernias are approached based on their types. There are two types: Incarcerated and strangulated hernia.

This condition can cause many signs and symptoms including a weird feeling lower abdomen.

 

TESTICULAR TORSION

Testis are the male reproductive organs and are placed in a sac called scrotum. Testis can be subjected to a number of conditions which can be a source of pain and infertility. Testicular torsion is seen to be caused by injury or trauma and some other unknown causes have been seen to cause testicular torsion in suspectable individuals.

 

OVARIAN TORSION

Ovaries are two important reproductive organs of females. These are two in number located on either side of pelvis and release sex hormones.

Ovaries can be subjected to a number of conditions and diseases in the whole lives of females. These include ovarian cysts, tumors and torsion.

Torsion is a life-threatening condition and needs surgical intervention. A number of causes are proposed as for this condition and an important cause is Ovarian cyst itself which increase the weight on Ovaries and cause them to twist, which results in a weird feeling lower abdomen.

 

VAGINAL INFECTIONS

There are many infections that may involve the vagina, and may include bacterial infections, yeast infections, or some other infections. These infections are not fatal, but may cause discomfort and pain. You may also experience an abnormal vaginal discharge, with changed color and odor.

 

PELVIC TUMORS AND MASSES

Masses or tumors in pelvic area might also cause you to experience weird feeling lower abdomen. Other than that, the tumor or the mass might also cause other symptoms like pain, nausea/vomiting, or some other symptoms.

These masses or tumors may involve any organ present in pelvic area, be it female or a male.

 

ANAL FISSURES

These are small tears present in the anal area, and may be caused if you are constipated and pass hard stools.

Symptoms of anal fissures include:

  • Cracks in and around anal area.
  • Blood while passing stools.
  • Weird feeling lower abdomen.

 

WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR?

You should always seek medical care in case you experience some of these symptoms:

  • Weight loss.
  • Anemia.
  • Pain associated with eating.
  • Bloody vomiting.
  • Blood in stools.
  • Fever.
  • Vaginal bleeding, in case you are pregnant.

 

TREATMENT

Treatment usually is based on the based you have. This may range from normal pain relievers, anxiolytics, or even surgeries in some cases.

Surgeries might be required for diverticulitis. For other conditions medical interventions are enough.

 

TAKEAWAY

Weird feeling lower abdomen if you are pregnant may be caused by the movements of your baby, and is nothing to be worried about. But in case this weird feeling is accompanied by some other symptoms like fever, vaginal bleeding, severe headache, burning sensations when urinating, see a doctor.

Other than that, many other medical reasons might be the reason why you have a weird feeling lower abdomen. Always see a doctor in case you experience symptoms like severe pain that you cannot bear, if you have fever, weight loss, or anemia.

 

 

 

 

 

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