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Had upper abdomen stabbing pain...then i sneezed twice and it went away...any thoughts? it happens sometimes after i eat but never that bad.

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Dr. Vladimir Zuzukin
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Abdominal pain: It may just be abdominal muscle cramps. Try stretching your torso and taking slow deep breaths to see if it goes away. The next likely thing to consider might be acid reflux, gastritis, or gastro-intestinal spasms. The GI tract has smooth muscle and can spasm similar to skeletal muscle cramps.
Dr. William Witt
Anesthesiology 45 years experience
Abdominal pain: Probably a muscle spasm but if it is recurrent, associated with the same event each time (eating; sneezing) and only on the same side each time there is the possibility of a Spigellian hernia. This can be felt if you are slender as a lump just to one side of the Rectus sheath (your "six pack") that comes and goes, or by ultrasound.

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