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Odd Abdominal Pain When Lifting


#1

Hey guys, I am fairly novice...been training hard for 3 months new on a modified SL5x5 program. Last week while squatting, on one of my reps I leaned forward a bit further than usual and immediately felt a "pinching" sensation on a very specific small spot on my right lower abdomen, about 3" above my crotch. It was followed by a slight burning that lasted a few minutes. It was not severe, maybe 2/10, but it's a sensation I've never felt. I finished out my workout.

Today, same exact thing again on my first work set of squats. I pushed through but ended up cutting my workout short because it was definitely getting worse. I can't see anything different and I can't feel any lumps. The area is not tender at all and the pain/burning goes away very quickly after I stop lifting.

Does this sound like a hernia? My dad had one repaired recently and his doctor said there is genetic predisposition. I'm worried because he was out of the gym for weeks and still has pain.

Should I get checked out immediately? Take a break for a few days and see what happens? Ignore it? It's not an unbearable pain at all, just worrisome. Thanks for any advice.


#2

Not saying this is what is going on with you but it sounds similar to a symptom I had 2 years ago.
One thing you can do to self check yourself, is really relax your abdominal muscles, and I mean really really relax them so that there is no tension, and then dig your fingers around and search for hot spots out to the sides and a little bit above your belly button. You just might find that your psoas is inflamed like mine was, and if it is you can stretch it by doing a warrior lunge stretch with side bend and twist back a little until you feel it in that area, and work on lower abdominal strength.

http://www.T-Nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance_repair/core_training_for_smart_folks

But if you feel more concerned about it, definitely go in and have it checked by a professional.


#3

Definitely get this checked out. Any GP should be able to rule out hernia if that's the case. I had a similar symptom most of last year, and no doctors could figure out what it was. After some research on my own, I realized it was abdominal trigger points. I went to a massage therapist who did trigger point therapy, and after just a few weeks they went away. They flare up from time to time, but I nip it in the bud by laying on a lacrosse ball and rolling the ball deep over the tight area.

http://books.google.com/books?id=IYqqY5Ae_VoC&pg=PA149&lpg=PA149&dq=abdominal+trigger+points&source=bl&ots=wPcgWzvED7&sig=f9MsY1tSA0vQxuy_XSJxtjzxT_w&hl=en&ei=1BedTcKmH8PH0QH4h9DmAg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=14&ved=0CGQQ6AEwDQ#v=onepage&q=abdominal%20trigger%20points&f=false

When else does it hurt besides lifting?


#4

Should I get checked out immediately?[/quote]

  • Yes. The fact that two different guys on the internet say 'sounds like what I had' then desribe two completely different problems and solutions convinces me of this.

#5

Could very well be a hernia.


#6

I had the same pain, i got it from using the damn ab wheel. I definitely injured something in my lower right abdominal using that death wheel lol (I'm never using it again).

Hanging leg raises were the cure for me, strengthen it up. I should have gotten it checked out though, i most likely will if it comes back. Just keep the squat form tight.


#7

Make that three guys.


#8

Yes get it checked out.
Yes it sounds like it could be a hernia. If there is no lump or pain then it may not be a bad one but they do get worse.


#9

Also on the get-it-checked bandwagon. Hernias are nothing to screw around with. I gave myself a hernia deadlifting when I was 16 (and an idiot). Mine started with a little pinch, and two days later it felt like someone kicked me in the crotch.