"Hot" feeling in abs

  • BrownsTown

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    Jul 19, 2011 12:44 AM GMT
    I've noticed over the past month or so that during certain ab exercises (mostly sit-up type), I'll get a sort of brief, hot feeling in my stomach immediately to the right of my belly button, radiating straight outward. It's not the "good" kind of burn that you want in your abs from working them hard.

    That said, it's not a horrible pain by any means, and I don't ever encounter it during the day, say bending over or lifting or turning. I only notice it briefly during said exercises. I actually slowed down and then stopped my ab work (generally do it 3x week as part of my second run-through of P90X) for about 10 days. Starting it up last week, I feel it again. Not getting worse or better.

    Suggestions? Having my physical in 2 weeks, maybe I should just mention it to my doctor? Or is it something that I should simply give more time to heal on its own?

    Thanks in advance for your advice. icon_biggrin.gif
  • qd2009

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    Jul 19, 2011 1:41 AM GMT
    I always tell everything abnormal to my doctor -- no matter how insignificant it may be. It might turn out to be something serious, which you didn't anticipate.
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    Jul 19, 2011 1:49 AM GMT
    Dont be too alarmed, imnot a doctor but small hernias in that area are common among those who lift weights. I have one myself and it causes a funny sensation that feels hot.
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    Jul 19, 2011 4:21 AM GMT
    Sounds like a hernia, you should tell your doctor. Most likely its not going to be a problem but it can be aesthetically displeasing if it gets bigger. At least most people don't want their bowel poking out into their abs icon_razz.gif
  • BrownsTown

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    Jul 19, 2011 12:04 PM GMT
    Thanks, guys. Good points. Think I will definitely say something, now I'm a tad paranoid about it!

    Do all hernias require surgery? (Can't think of any other way to repair one, and I don't recall them just going away on their own, usually getting worse.) I'd assume that's something they can do with a laproscope, so it's not much more than an outpatient thing?

    Also concerned that if it is a hernia and I have minor surgery, that probably takes off my routine for quite a while, which stinks.

    Off to Google more about hernias ... sigh.

  • edgewaterguy2

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    Jul 26, 2011 9:18 AM GMT
    Sounds like a hernia to me. Go see a doctor who specializes in hernias and sports medicine.
  • BrownsTown

    Posts: 158

    Aug 09, 2011 1:13 AM GMT
    Thanks again for weighing in, guys. Had my annual physical today, and my doctor checked it out, and doesn't think it's a hernia. Really no pain when he pushed all around there and he couldn't find any misplaced bumps. What a relief.

    He actually commented, "You've got good musculature." Hope I didn't blush or anything, ha!

    He thinks it's just a small muscle strain but told me to keep watching it ...