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Abdominal muscle strain?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 29, 2012 at 11:05 PM

In early September I woke up with a constant, sharp pain in the lower right side of my stomach (where the appendix and the spleen are). This was particularly harmful when walking, and it felt kind of like the traditional runners side stitches.

After ?? a week the pain was totally gone.

Now, monday night last week I woke up with sharp cramps around my belly button (??5 AM). During the day the pain gradually moved towards my right side, and for the rest of this week the pain stayed there and gradually went away. It's now almost gone.

Does this sound familiar to anyone?

It doesn't hurt when I press on my stomach in the are where my appendix should be and it also doesn't hurt after I've released the pressure, so I don't think it's anything intestinal.

Coincidentally I have been nursing BJJ-induced muscle soreness in the muscles below my ribs (external obliques, I guess) for the last few months. However, that soreness is quite a different sensation. Also, when I woke up in the middle of the night I hadn't trained the previous two days, so it seems unlikely that it happened during training.

Again, does anyone know what this could be?

I'm going to visit the doctor tomorrow (but he'll likely prescribe 'rest') and I'm not insured for physiotherapy until January 2013 ;-)

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on November 18, 2012
at 03:43 PM

Could very well be, Whiskers. Although the fact that it has happened twice seems a bit odd to me.

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on November 01, 2012
at 09:27 PM

We don't do (snap)kicks in BJJ ;-) That said, I'm more inclined towards thinking it's my internal or external oblique, or that other deep abdominal muscle whose name I just forgot. But maybe you're right. Whichever muscle(s) it may be, I'd still like to thank you for your answer.

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on November 13, 2012
at 12:52 AM

DOMS, delayed onset muscle soreness, sometimes does not kick you until 36-48 hours after the cause. I often got that when I ramped up or out the ab roller exercise too quickly and then it was 10 days of abstinence before I could do that exercise again with more caution.

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on November 18, 2012
at 03:43 PM

Could very well be, Whiskers. Although the fact that it has happened twice seems a bit odd to me.

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on October 29, 2012
at 11:54 PM

Sounds like you have an ilio-psoas strain. Your iliacus and psoas muscles are irritated most likely from your BJJ training. Snap kicks are especially troublesome for this. Rest and sports massage are quite effective for this. Physiotherapy may not be covered yet, but it is really your only option if you want relief and true recovery.

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on November 01, 2012
at 09:27 PM

We don't do (snap)kicks in BJJ ;-) That said, I'm more inclined towards thinking it's my internal or external oblique, or that other deep abdominal muscle whose name I just forgot. But maybe you're right. Whichever muscle(s) it may be, I'd still like to thank you for your answer.

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