Abdominal Pain during/after Cardio

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    Oct 03, 2011 12:12 AM GMT
    Too intense maybe?

    This is strictly from running High Intensity for a long period of time. Is it negatively affecting me? (Other than the pain of course) and should I stop, as it might be doing irreparable damage?
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    Oct 03, 2011 12:16 AM GMT
    Abdominal pain after running? Something doesn't sound right. Can you tell if it's cramps or muscle pain?
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    Oct 03, 2011 12:19 AM GMT
    Inside your belly or on your abs ?
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    Oct 03, 2011 12:22 AM GMT
    Could be that your diaphragm isn't used to working so hard. If it's sharp and deep, it might be a diaphragmatic cramp. It will go away as you get more efficient with breathing. If it's debilitating, stop and see a doctor.
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    Oct 03, 2011 12:25 AM GMT
    ok somewhere on the body in this picture's lower left side, like right below/behind the rib cage is where the pain is..

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    I am thinking maybe it's a cramp, ya...it doesn't get worse every time I run. Although I vary my cardio so I never really do the same exercise twice. I would say it happens on the treadmill and rarely on the elliptical, and never on the stair-climber or the bicycle. However I probably go the fastest on the treadmill if that has anything to do with it.
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    Oct 03, 2011 12:29 AM GMT
    Don't know the term in english. In france, we call that 'Point de coté', it happen sometime when you run out of breath. you never had that before ? It's quite frequent.
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    Oct 03, 2011 12:31 AM GMT
    I just want to know if it's harmful to run through it (admittedly at a slower pace so it doesn't hurt as much) or if I should stop completely :S
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    Oct 03, 2011 12:37 AM GMT
    Breathe regularly and don't pump your arms. Keep your shoulders relaxed so that your lungs can expand properly. Why are you using the elliptical? Stop it. icon_biggrin.gif

    Guess what you're pointing to in the picture? The area of the diaphragm. Try running with better breathing:

    http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-380-381-386-245-0,00.html
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    Oct 03, 2011 12:39 AM GMT
    Evan87 saidI just want to know if it's harmful to run through it (admittedly at a slower pace so it doesn't hurt as much) or if I should stop completely :S


    It's not armfull, but no point trying to keep running hard once it's start, it won't stop until you rest.

    Follow bostonfix advices about keeping a more relaxed upper body.
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    Oct 03, 2011 1:14 AM GMT
    thanks boston and minox! Will do for sure icon_smile.gif
  • barriehomeboy

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    Oct 03, 2011 1:29 AM GMT
    Pain is your body's was of telling you that something is wrong and needs attention. Are you running/cardio on a full stomach, or empty one? Your body doesn't have enough blood to supply the huge leg muscles AND your digestive tract. That's why your mom wouldn't let you go swimming after you ate. Cramps. You're getting them I think.
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    Oct 03, 2011 2:41 AM GMT
    Maybe acid reflux? What do you eat around the time of exercising and how much time do you give between eating and exercise on either side?
  • natertots

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    Oct 03, 2011 2:51 AM GMT
    Sounds like a stitch. You could try a less aerobic type of cardio like incline treadmill at a moderate pace. I hate to run. HATE! Doing a 10% incline at 3.5 mph burns about the same number of calories that I would jogging on no incline, but I feel like I use more "dig deep" muscles like my calves and hamstrings as opposed to twisting my torso and flailing my arms about.

    It's not for everyone, so just an idea! Good luck, man!
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    Oct 03, 2011 2:57 AM GMT
    It's difficult to figure this out over the Internet. If the pain persists or becomes more severe, you should see a doctor.

    If it's only happening during certain types of exercises, it could be some sort of strain that only acts up when you make certain movements.
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    Oct 03, 2011 3:03 AM GMT
    If you are having physical issues you should go to a physical therapist or doctor, instead of asking on a forum for opinions. we're not doctors
  • FRE0

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    Oct 03, 2011 3:27 AM GMT
    That pain is called a stitch and is very common; I used to have the same problem. There are several places where it can occur. I never did find a good explanation for it. It is highly unlikely to cause a dangerous problem, although it can be very frustrating.

    As you run or whatever, try deeply massaging the area with your knuckles or fingertips, using plenty of force; that may cause the pain to go away. You could try running through it, but the pain may become too great for that to be possible. If you stop running for a few minutes and walk while massaging the area until the pain goes away, you may be able to resume running without the pain.

    Keep experimenting until you find something that works for you. Eventually the problem may go away permanently by itself.
  • FRE0

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    Oct 03, 2011 4:48 AM GMT
    Here is a link to one article on stitches:

    http://sportsmedicine.about.com/cs/injuries/a/aa053100a.htm

    Don't take the article 100% seriously; I'm not convinced that anyone knows the real cause. However, there is general agreement that it is not a dangerous problem.
  • safety43_mma1...

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    Oct 03, 2011 6:45 AM GMT
    abdominal hernia just be carefull incase it is and get it taken care of or at least checked.
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    Oct 03, 2011 7:46 AM GMT
    Sounds to me like a stitch. It's a typical cardio problem. My advice: make sure you don't eat anything before you go running. Or if you do eat, wait some time before you go running. Of course, if you're keeping yourself on track with meals and trying to eat every two to three hour periods, this can get difficult to work out. It's why I try to go running first thing in the morning after a few cups of coffee to invigorate me.

    If you incur it in the middle of your running, raise your arms up in the air while you're going to elongate your torso, and the pain should subside after some time. Eventually, as you get further conditioned, stitches stop happening. I used to get them bad. Now I can just keep going and going and going... icon_lol.gif
  • Latenight30

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    Oct 03, 2011 11:43 AM GMT
    Its Lactic burn it's a chemical process that happens when the body starts to get starved for oxygen
    Remember it's just physical pain. It won't hurt you.
  • gwuinsf

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    Oct 03, 2011 4:17 PM GMT
    Sounds like side stitch to me. This is generally found in beginner runners that haven't developed lung capacity or proper breathing. If you're doing HIIT I'd take it down a notch until you build up more endurance. Or, slow it down once the pain comes and you can get your breathing caught up to your endurance level.

    Others have posted links to articles about running stitches. Google it yourself and read up on tips for proper breathing when running.