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how to determine if i pulled a muscle in my abdomen or is it something else?

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Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
25 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
History and physical: Generally a pulled muscle will have an associated incident, such as an impact injury, fall, etc. A pulled muscle should have localized and superficial pain, whereas intra-abdominal pathology generally will be deeper and may be more diffuse/vague. Do see a physician if symptoms persist.
Answered on Dec 28, 2013
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Dr. Tariq Niazi
Dr. Tariq Niazi commented
43 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Abdominal problems may also have associated symptoms like nausea, vomiting, belching/regurgitation, maybe diarrhea/constipation, increasing swelling, and may be getting increasingly worse, if not treated. Generally the pulled muscle symptoms should be getting better after 3-5 days.
May 10, 2013
Dr. Tariq Niazi
43 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Can be an abdominal: Cause, ie, from abdominal organs or the bowels/ spine if its not a pulled muscle. History of an injury or exertion like pulling/lifting something heavy could cause a pulled ms, while symptoms pertaining to other causes include nausea, vomiting, abd.Swelling, maybe fever, constipation/ diarrhea may occur. Pulled ms: hurt if its stretched. Bruising & tenderness will be present. So hx is important.
Answered on May 13, 2013

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