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hi dr. leslie, my mom has lower right abdominal pain and we dont know what it is. we suspect its a kidney stone passing but she still has pain that comes and goes. she took antibiotics, probiotics and d-mannose for it but the pain still persists. she also had an ultrasound in that abdominal region but we are waiting for the results. what do you think it could be and how do we take care of it? thanks.

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Christopher:

This could be anything from an ovarian cyst to appendix, constipation, diverticulitis, fallopian tube problem or a stone.  Can't tell from your description and ultrasound is usually not sufficient unless you get lucky.  Taking antibiotics without a diagnosis of infection can cause problems with yeast overgrowth and rapid resistance.  I suggest she see a general surgeon or a GI specialist to begin looking into the pain.  She may need a CT scan to get a better look at what may be her problem.  If there is blood in the urine, then the chances of a kidney stone are increased.  Good luck.

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Stephen W. Leslie, MD

Expertise

Questions concerning erectile dysfunction, kidney stones and prostate disorders including prostate cancer. I have a special interest in kidney stone disease prevention.

Experience

Full time practicing urologist with 30 years experience. Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of Urology at Creighton University Medical Center. Editor in Chief of eMedicine Urology internet textbook. Author of only NIH approved book written for patients by a urologist on the subject of kidney stones "The Kidney Stones Handbook". Inventor of the "Parachute" and "Escape" kidney stone baskets and the "Calculus" stone prevention analysis computer program.

Organizations
American Urological Association, Ohio State Medical Association, Sexual Medicine Society

Publications
Men's Health, Journal of Urology, Urology, Healthwatch Magazine, Emergency Medicine Monthly, eMedicine, "The Kidney Stones Handbook", and numerous articles in various newspapers. He is also the editor of the Urology Board Review by McGraw-Hill used by urologists to study for their Board Certification Examinations.

Education/Credentials
Graduate of New York Medical College with residencies completed at Metropolitan Hospital New York, Albany Medical Center and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Awards and Honors
Thirlby Award of the American Urological Association. Rated as one the country's Best Urologists by the Independent Consumer's Research Institute

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