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How to prevent abdominal cramps after running and keep complex carbs in diet for weight loss?

How to prevent abdominal cramps after running and keep complex carbs in diet for weight loss?

Running: I would start with a visit to an athletic trainer. The team at the Air Force base should be able to take care of you. ...Read more

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Hi, why do I suffer from stomach cramps after running, even ghough i'm well hydrated before, during and after excercise?

Hi, why do I suffer from stomach cramps after running, even ghough i'm well hydrated before, during and after excercise?

Well, it depends: On what u mean by stomach cramps. Is it gastrointestinal or in the muscles. Lactic acid is a by product from the muscles that builds during exertion and initiates muscle pain and spasm. Though hydration is important, it must be done with a slow increase in conditioning. Over time the muscles clear this more effectively. If conditioned and just started, perhaps a better answer will come. ...Read more

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Its my 7th day smoke withdrwal no symptoms but mild head pain mild stomach cramps i can smell taste good lil nausea after running and normaly help?

Its my 7th day smoke withdrwal no symptoms but mild head pain mild stomach cramps i can smell taste good lil nausea after running and normaly help?

Hang in there: congrats on this! sounds like typical nicotine withdrawl symptoms...some of the smoking cessation aids like nicoret gum may help ease these. Stay the course ...Read more

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I was wondering what could cause me to have abdominal cramp like pains while running that are so bad that I have to stop from it.

I was wondering what could cause me to have abdominal cramp like pains while running that are so bad that I have to stop from it.

Diet: Most runners have to develope a diet that works for them. Also the time you eat before running may need changing. You may want to start by logging your diet and discussing it w a nutritionist that specializes in athletes. ...Read more

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Whenever I am running at around half a mile I get extremely bad cramps in the lower abdomen. What may this be from?

Whenever I am running at around half a mile I get extremely bad cramps in the lower abdomen. What may this be from?

Stitch: If it is just under your ribcage, it is commonly referred to as a "stitch". It is a spasbm of your diaphragm muscle which you use to breath. Many people press on the area to help it go away. Best to stop and walk until it passes. As you continue to run on a regular basis this should pass. Good Luck. (USAT Level I coach) ...Read more

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I have what feels like a twinge of pain, similar to a running cramp in my lower left abdomen. Started this afternoon while sitting at work.

I have what feels like a twinge of pain, similar to a running cramp in my lower left abdomen. Started this afternoon while sitting at work.

Cramp: This may be an abdominal muscle strain/mild inflammation or it could be an early manifestation of colon inflammation or diverticulitis. If the discomfort persists, worsens, is accompanied by tenderness, fever, chills,abdominal distension,nausea or vomiting,blood in stools then a visit to the hospital emergency room is needed where prompt evaluation and testing are available. ...Read more

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Constant lower abdomen cramps ?

Constant lower abdomen cramps ?

Many things: It doesn't say how old you are, and we would need a lot more info to help you. Could you be pregnant? Are you constipated? Have you been ill? Could you have an std? Is your period due/overdue? Have you had abnormal (or no) pap smears? Has there been a change in your bowel movements? Many things can cause lower abdomen cramping/pain. Give us more info and maybe we can help. Or see your md. ...Read more

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I've been having really bad leg cramps in my left leg after running. Am I low on some minerals?

I've been having really bad leg cramps in my left leg after running.  Am I low on some minerals?

Maybe: Dehydration, low potassium can contribute to cramping. Try hydration, repletion with banana, oj. Stretching, ice massages can help. Consider venous disease as a cause, and seek serves of a phlebologist to evaluate the veins in your legs. ...Read more

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What could cause abdomen cramps after urinating?

What could cause abdomen cramps after urinating?

Here are some...: Did this happen only after holding urine for a long time with pain or every time after urination? To deduce why you felt such, an effort to analyze the detailed history of all symptoms + findings of physical exam + testing as needed is needed. How? Follow suggestion in articles listed in http://www.formefirst.com/onBPH-LUTS-VoidingTrouble.html. Together, most likely, possible conclusion will come. ...Read more

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My upper abdomen cramps/hurts badly some times or in the middle of the night. The frequency is getting higher. What's wrong?

My upper abdomen cramps/hurts badly some times or in the middle of the night. The frequency is getting higher.  What's wrong?

Few things: There are certainly a lot of possibilities here. These include acid reflux, ulcer in the stomach or small intestine, gallbladder among other things. If it is becoming more frequent and bothersome then it is worth getting checked out. ...Read more

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On and off lower abdomen cramps, feeling tou want to poops, what is this?

On and off lower abdomen cramps, feeling tou want to poops, what is this?

Diet: I suspect that this is some dietary factor that makes you feel like you want to go; try eliminating lactose from your diet; try a probiotic daily; experiment with your diet and see what works for you;. ...Read more

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Severe cramps/spasms/burning, middle to upper abdominal after running/walking on tredmill? Last for few hours only happens while doing this?

Severe cramps/spasms/burning, middle to upper abdominal after running/walking on tredmill? Last for few hours only happens while doing this?

Muscle strain: As you run upright the core muscles of your back as well as abdomen. It may be that you are working your muscles in such posture that the muscles are being strained in a different way than usual movement. Drink plenty of fluids (juice, gatorade, lemonade, not just plain water) after the end of your exercise time. Advil (ibuprofen) / Ibuprofen / Motrin will be helpful for inflammation of your muscles. ...Read more

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My wife got menstrual on 19th feb, we started regular sex from 26to5 (to concieve) now she is feeling abdomen cramps & pain. Is it sign of preganancy?

My wife got menstrual on 19th feb, we started regular sex from 26to5 (to concieve) now she is feeling abdomen cramps & pain. Is it sign of preganancy?

Not from this cycle: You had intercourse from cycle day 7 to cycle day 14. In a 28 cycle ovulation usually takes place on cycle day 14. Would only have conceived four days ago, so likely not pregnancy related symptoms from this cycle. Ovarian cysts or an abnormal pregnancy from last cycle should be ruled out. Call your doctor if pain significant or she now has a positive home pregnancy test. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has a pain on her left side in the middle of her rib cage. Says the pain is similar to the cramp like pain you can get after running?

Muscle cramp: Cramps can be caused from exercise, electrolyt imbalance and damage to the muscle. We don't have a great way to treat them but often resolve on own. Potassium can help (bananas) if it doesn't resolve in a few days see a physician. ...Read more

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I get muscle cramps while running and sometimes while sleeping ? My muscles also get stiff after running?

I get muscle cramps while running  and sometimes while sleeping ? My muscles also get stiff after running?

Dehydration: Check your urine daily.If it is clear or light yellow (transluscent) then you are probably pretty well hydrated. If it is darker , cloudy, or you only urinate 2-3 times a day, you are likely slightly to greatly dehydrated. Sluggishness , irritability, cramping can all be symptoms of this. If increasing your water intake does not relieve symptoms, see your md for blood testing. Chemistry may be off. ...Read more

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Wake up to nausea, severe abdomen cramps, & explosive diarrhea that half floats/half sinks & SMELLS!Possible problem or should I just change my diet?

Wake up to nausea, severe abdomen cramps, & explosive diarrhea that half floats/half sinks & SMELLS!Possible problem or should I just change my diet?

Gastroenteritis: The commonest cause of these symptoms is a viral gastrointestinal tract infection or food poisoning. Treatment consists of rest,drinking adequate amounts of fluid, flat ginger ale helps relieve nausea, eating a bland,low fat diet , avoiding harsh roughage and taking kaopectate or imodium to control severe diarrhea after several movements. Symptoms should resolve in several days. See MD as needed. ...Read more