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Doctor insights on: Abdominal Muscle Strain Hernia

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Muscle Spasm (Definition)

Muscle spasms are typically painful involuntary muscle contracures which can occur in any part of the body, such as the neck, back and legs. There are various causes of muscle spasms such as recent injury or trauma and dehydration. Typically, patients can modify activity, rest, stretch, utilize heat or ice for treatment of muscle spasms. Rarely, patients can also ...Read more


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Pulled muscle in upper abdomen. Sharp pain, twisted feeling, and swelling. Symptoms consistent for about a week now Abdominal muscle strain or Hernia?

Pulled muscle in upper abdomen. Sharp pain, twisted feeling, and swelling. Symptoms consistent for about a week now Abdominal muscle strain or Hernia?

Medical check up: You need to get a medical examination from your PCP or a surgeon. Any swelling that is persisting is more likely something serious and not simply a sprain. Your doctor can examine you and obtain imaging X-rays/scans to look deeper and make sure that you do not have a tumor or bleeding into the muscles. ...Read more

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What is the difference in symptoms between an umbilical hernia and an abdominal muscle strain?

What is the difference in symptoms between an umbilical hernia and an abdominal muscle strain?

Bulge: If you have a hernia then in addition to the pain you may also notice a swelling at your belly button (you now have an outie instead of an innie). The other thing is a muscle strain will get better with time and rest. A hernia will stay the same or get worse until it is fixed with surgery. ...Read more

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If someone had a muscle disorder, could it make the abdominal muscles weak enough to have hernias and tears?

If someone had a muscle disorder, could it make the abdominal muscles weak enough to have hernias and tears?

Acquired, congenital: hernias are from acquired conditions or congenital meaning you were born with it. Muscle disorders are rare while hernias are common. See a doctor first to determine if a hernia is really present and not just weakness of the muscle. A muscle weakness can be strengthened by exercise. A hernia can be fixed by surgery. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Painful spot in upper left abdominal muscle, along with chest discomfort & lots of gas. Possible hernia from childbirth?

Painful spot in upper left abdominal muscle, along with chest discomfort & lots of gas. Possible hernia from childbirth?

Hiatal hernia?: There are no congenital abdominal wall hernias in the left upper abdominal wall (front muscles). A hiatal hernia could be the cause, but only if large. These are also called paraesophageal hernias, and can be diagnosed with an upper GI contrast study. Sometimes need upper endoscopy too. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have had incisional abdominal hernia repair on 1st September, can I exceed use my abdominal muscles in the future ?

I have had incisional abdominal hernia repair on 1st September, can I exceed use my abdominal muscles in the future ?

Risk of recurrence: After repair of abdominal hernias , can do all normal activities and moderate exercises but not heavy ones to built ' six pack ' abdominal wall as there is always a risk of recurrence , speak to your surgeon will tell you what 'not to do' ...Read more

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What's abdominal muscle strain usually from?

What's abdominal muscle strain usually from?

Balanced muscles: Over exertion or too rapid an exertion of the abdominal muscles (muscles in the front of the abdomen without an effective counter balance of the muscles of the posterior abdomen ...Read more

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Inguinal hernia repair 35 years ago.Recently have discomfort.Could it just be muscle strain from exercising or is there a chance of recurrance?

Inguinal hernia repair 35 years ago.Recently have discomfort.Could it just be muscle strain from exercising or is there a chance of recurrance?

Either possible: After a hernia repair there's always a chance of reoccurrence. If your pain continues, see your doctor to evaluate. If there is a reoccurrence, consider repeat surgery. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for abdominal muscle strain to heal?

How long does it usually take for abdominal muscle strain to heal?

Depends: It will depend on the cause of the strain, the degree of the strain and how you treat it following the strain. What medications you are on may have an effect as well as your general state of health. Usually a strain to an abdominal wall will be healed in 1-3 weeks. Do you have an abdominal wall hernia or oher hernia? This could be a cause of continued pain. ...Read more

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Is foam rolling and/or light stretching good or bad for abdominal muscle strain?

Is foam rolling and/or light stretching good or bad for abdominal muscle strain?

Muscle strain: Muscle strain is a tear of the muscle fibers. After a prescribed period of R.I.C.E treatment, it is appropriate to do LIGHT stretching to prevent the muscle from tightening down during healing. But it must be done gently! Remember, when recovering from a strain, if it hurts, don't do it. ...Read more

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Do I have hernia i received pain when i was working out my abs. I still hve pain; its 3 weeks later. The pain is getting betteris it ab muscle strain?

Dr. Mark Pack Dr. Pack
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Do I have hernia i received  pain when i was working out my abs. I still hve pain; its 3 weeks later. The pain is getting betteris it ab muscle strain?

Not necessarily: Hernia is possible, but muscle strain more likely. Is there a knot or swelling in the sore/painful area? Muscle strains can takes a long to to heal and resolve. If it continues see you doctor. An exam is needed to determine if it is a hernia. ...Read more

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Can it be painful to walk with a hiatal hernia? Or can you feel a pulling, like when you pull a muscle in the upper center abdominal area?

Can it be painful to walk with a hiatal hernia? Or can you feel a pulling, like when you pull a muscle in the upper center abdominal area?

No: Walking will not cause epigastric pain if you have a hiatal hernia.

In hiatal hernia, part of the stomach pushes into the chest cavity. It enters via an opening where the food tube (esophagus) passes on its way to the stomach. Hiatal hernias can have no symptoms. In some cases, they may be associated with heartburn and abdominal discomfort. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan see if you have strained abdominal muscles?

No: If you have serious muscle injury like a tear or inflammation, the answer is "yes". However for a minor strain the answer is "no" ...Read more

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How long does an abdominal muscle sprain take to heal?

How long does an abdominal muscle sprain take to heal?

4-8 wks: Depends on the severity of your abdominal muscle sprain( and be sure that is your correct dx). Like any other signifigant muscle sprain it may take as little as 3-4 weeks or as long as 8 weeks to heal. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have strained my abdominal muscles. It feels weak sore to touch, is swollen and I get short of breath when walking. Should I see a doctor or rest?

I have strained my abdominal muscles. It feels weak sore to touch, is swollen and I get short of breath when walking. Should I see a doctor or rest?

Depends: It depends upon whether you're sure that the discomfort is from strained abdominal wall muscles. If so, it takes 7-10 days for full healing. True swelling is not characteristic of uncomplicated strain type injury. Swelling, discoloration of the abdomen, marked tenderness, generalized weakness and spreading abdominal discomfort would be indications to get examined by a physician now. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Abdominal Surgery (Definition)

Abdominal surgery is an operation performed on the abdominal contents or organs. It may be an open incision surgery or laparoscopic surgery. It could also involve abdominal wall surgery such as hernias. Many organs may need to be treated with abdominal surgery such as liver, spleen, gallbladder, small intestine, colon or large intestine & many different diseases ...Read more


Muscle Twitches (Definition)

The twitches you can see and feel in muscle are contractions of irritable muscle fibers. They are sometimes seen with muscle fatigue. I sometimes see young people with fasciculations who google the word and come in afraid they have ALS . There is also an entity called benign fasciculation syndrome that is sometimes accompanied by cramping. Caffeine and theophylline (in ...Read more