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doing crunches I feel a sudden stabbing?

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This morning while doing crunches I felt a sudden stabbing in my lower abdomen. The pain went away when I stood up but every time I did an exercise where I needed to use my abs I felt the sharp stabbing pain again. After my workout I iced the area and took an Aleve. While sitting I feel a dull ache but am fine once I stand up. Do I need to see the doctor for this? Can I continue to work out if I make modifications so I’m not doing ab exercises?


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replied March 28th, 2012
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The description of the pain is mostly due to a muscle sprain, due to abnormal posture maintained during the act described. Such pain can respond to medications like Ibuprofen 400 mg taken three times a day. This generally resolves within a week.

In case, you seem to have severe symptoms which are unusual, and prevent you to sleep, work or do your regular routine normally, you might consult with your doctor for a examination and treatment with muscle relaxants and better pain killers.

In the mean time, you can avoid extreme workouts and stop exercising for a few days if you have moderate to severe pain. Continue to apply ice or heat pads over the area, as they will be very helpful to reduce pain and speedup recovery.


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