Cramp/Pain From Sit-Ups & Running

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    May 13, 2012 4:15 AM GMT
    I was doing sit-ups like weeks ago and going pretty hard at it then when I got off the mat to go to my next exercise in the set, I bend down to pick up the mat and my whole abdominal region starts to hurt, like a really bad cramp kind of feeling and something kind of like feeling really tight and tied up. I had to lie down and wait like a few minutes before it cooled down then I got up and just stopped.

    Everything felt fine afterwards so the next day I went to the gym as normal and nothing happened. I go running the day after and when I reach about 20 minutes (pretty new time for me, I was pushing it) it starts to feel like a cramp there again.

    All of this was about a month ago, and I just happened to be feeling around my stomach and I felt a pain. It's not noticeable unless you push on it, it's on both sides a little above the belly button and feels like a soreness of some sort. I'm freaking out over what it could be, but the fact that I didn't even recognize it and have felt nothing different except that makes me feel like I'm over-reacting. I did some research and it seemed like it could be an abdominal bruising from me possibly pulling the abdominal muscle.

    Anyone ever hear of anything like this before?
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    May 13, 2012 12:54 PM GMT
    It probably is an abdominal strain is you have constant pain. Just RICE it (rest, ice, compression, elevation). Abdominal strains take longer to heal, as you can't totally rest them.

    However, if it's just sore, it could be muscle soreness from when you experienced the cramp during ab exercises (the muscle literally seizes up, and it feels like you did 100 crunches in a row).

    If that's the case, then you could be losing too much electrolytes. If you sweat profusely, chances are you have an electrolyte imbalance during your workout. An electrolyte drink during your workout, or a multi-mineral (not multi-vitamin) will help with this.


    Sources: over 1 year with the same problem. Saw doctors, athletic trainers. Nobody knew for sure what was going on. Finally talked to a bodybuilder who had the same problem, and suggested a multi-mineral. It worked for me.
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    May 13, 2012 6:51 PM GMT
    Thanks for the response, I did RICE it when it initially happened and after that it didn't happen again. That day I really went all out and was sweating a lot, didn't take much rest time between sets that day.

    But would the soreness last about a month? I mean, I don't feel anything unless I press down on that area with my hand so I guess that indicates that it's almost healed?

    Again, thanks for the response it helped me not get so worried about it!
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    May 13, 2012 7:04 PM GMT
    Sounds like normal new or overuse of muscles. Once your body is used to it, it will go away. I used to have the same issue on my right side. I thought of everything from appendicitis to tumor, etc. I would have a pretty dull pain, then when I tried to run, it would cramp and I'd have to stop. A few times, I couldn't get through an ab workout without cramping up.

    But, as I worked my abs more (daily) and, specifically, my lower abs, it's gone away completely. No cramping. No pain.
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    May 13, 2012 7:46 PM GMT
    ECnAZ saidSounds like normal new or overuse of muscles. Once your body is used to it, it will go away. I used to have the same issue on my right side. I thought of everything from appendicitis to tumor, etc. I would have a pretty dull pain, then when I tried to run, it would cramp and I'd have to stop. A few times, I couldn't get through an ab workout without cramping up.

    But, as I worked my abs more (daily) and, specifically, my lower abs, it's gone away completely. No cramping. No pain.


    Thanks! I was just like you and thought it could be the worse but after hearing OtherWyze and your comments, I don't think so anymore! What I don't get is that when I first started to work out (from doing completely nothing) years ago, this never happened. I guess maybe it was just overuse.