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Pinched Nerve in Abdominal Muscles


Has anybody ever had this issue? I thought I had strained an ab muscle, but it turns out it's a pinched nerve. It flares up if I do any ab exercises or if I deadlift or squat heavy. It's more annoying than anything, but I was wondering if there was anything I can do to help. My doctor said the only thing was a lidocaine injection to relieve any pain, but I want to fix it, not just mask it. It's really not even painful. It feels more like a small electric jolt in my abs.

Are there any stretches I can do? Maybe ART? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.