Expert harps on lower abdominal pains

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Abuja –  Dr Arikawe Adeolu, a medical practitioner at the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, Abuja, on Tuesday advised women to seek immediate medical assistance on lower abdominal pains which exceeded 24 hours.
Adeolu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that there were myriads of medical conditions that could cause lower abdominal pain in women.
“Some of these conditions included menstrual cramps, a large ovarian cyst, pelvic inflammatory disease, urinary tract infection and build-up of gas in the abdomen.
“These conditions could cause pain in the lower abdominal region. Hence, if a woman experienced severe pain or pain exceeding 24 hours, such woman should seek medical assistance,’’ he said.
The practitioner noted that the female lower abdomen anatomy consists of the urinary tract and the genital tract which consist the uterus and the reproductive system.
“Usually a medical expert will request a guided investigation which may include a pelvic ultrasound or urinalysis to get a better view of what is happening in the area before a medical intervention can be instituted.
“This is necessary as it will inform the doctor on what treatment the patient needs.
“Some people have said that the pain a woman used to experiencing severe menstrual cramps would subside when she started giving.
“There may be a truth to this observation, but there is no scientific evidence that has been provided to prove this.
“My theory to that is labour pain is like a thousand fold of menstrual pain, so if you ever experience labour pain, menstrual pain becomes a child’s play to you.
“Somewhere in your psychic, menstrual pain does not feel as bad or as painful as before but this does not mean anything has changed,’’ he said.
Adeolu added that such women would still experience cramps but that their reaction to pain would be different since they were accustomed to such pain. (NAN)

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