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Doctor insights on: Psoas Muscle Abdominal Pain

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What are the symptoms of psoas muscle problems?

What are the symptoms of psoas muscle problems?

Back pain: Psoas muscle can compress your l5-s1 disk with 500 newtons of pressure when it's in a spasm. Psoas will pull femur against the ilium and ilium against the sacrum to cause sacroiliac joint dysfunction and facet (spinal joint) related pain in the spine. ...Read more

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What type of muscle twitch fibers does the psoas muscle have?

What type of muscle twitch fibers does the psoas muscle have?

Type 1 and 2: All skeletal muscle has a mixture of type 1 (slow twitch) and type 2 (fast twitch) muscle fibers, including the psoas. ...Read more

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I have just been told by my doctor that I have abnormal cells in a mass on my psoas muscle. What does this mean?

I have just been told by my doctor that I have abnormal cells in a mass on my psoas muscle. What does this mean?

Hard to know?: Without more history, it will be difficult to answer you. I am assuming you have had a ct or MRI or other imaging study and perhaps a needle biopsy. If this is the case, you will have to discuss this frankly and openly with your pcp or with the consultant who ordered the test or performed the test. I would not delay in getting my questions answered. More testing may be needed. Best to you! ...Read more

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What are symptoms of having problem with psoas muscle?

What are symptoms of having problem with psoas muscle?

Patients will report: Pain and difficulty when attempting to stand erect after extended periods of hip flexion after driving or readin seated at a desk or computer sleeping in a hip flexed or side lying fetal position
the iliopsaos is the primary flexor of the thigh
so pain is often experienced from the iliopsoas when the patient contracts the muscle to perform hip flexion or a sit up movements. ...Read more

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What type of exercise will strenghten the psoas muscle?

What type of exercise will strenghten the psoas muscle?

Many exercises: Psoas crunch
one leg drills
psoas stretch
and other type of exercises.
Look that link up. ...Read more

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Is psoas muscle cancer?

Is psoas muscle cancer?

No: This muscle lets you kick your leg up at the hip. Everybody has one on each side. They're impressive on scans and someone may think they are a mass. ...Read more

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What is psoas muscle contracture?

What is psoas muscle contracture?

Loss of hip motion: Inability to get the hip totally straight. The psoas muscle, which helps to flex the hip forward, may become shorted or contracted, either from a neurological condition or if someone has been sitting with the hip flexed (as with someone who spends a bunch of time in a wheelchair).
Therapy to stretch the hip can help but sometimes surgery to release or lengthen the tendon is required. ...Read more

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How does Ankylosing Spondylitis affect the psoas muscle?

How does Ankylosing Spondylitis affect the psoas muscle?

Pain: You may be getting referred pain or the twisting of the spine may be putting stress on your psoas ...Read more

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Should I freak out if after PET scan saw metabolic activity in my psoas muscle & want to biopsy the muscle? R there problems in biopsying this muscle?

Should I freak out if after PET scan saw metabolic activity in my psoas muscle & want to biopsy the muscle? R there problems in biopsying this muscle?

Testing: Undergoing tests and waiting for results can be anxiety provoking. If there is an indication to do a PET scan and result shows a positive finding then you must get biopsy and follow recommendations by your physician. Biopsies are generally tolerated well although there can be some risk of infection, bleeding. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does tight psoas muscle radiate to the abs where you can feel pulsing?

Does tight psoas muscle radiate to the abs where you can feel pulsing?

Psoas: Generally, no. The psoas starts along the anterior aspect of the lumbar spine and attaches below the hip on the lesser trochanter. Perhaps some groin pain would be felt. ...Read more

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What's the psoas muscle?

What's the psoas muscle?

Please see below: Proximally, the psoas major muscle attaches to the 12th thoracic and to all of the lumbar vertebral bodies and the corresponding intervertebral discs and the transverse processes of the lumbar vertebrae. The iliacus attaches proximally to iliac fossa, the sacrum and the anterior sacroiliac ligaments. Distally, the two tendons merge forming the iliopsoas tendon to attach onto the lesser trochanter. ...Read more

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Can back pain be related to the psoas muscle?

Yes: Back pain from psoas muscle spasm is a frequently under diagnosed cause. It can be treated by physical therapy, massage or possibly injection of the muscle itself. ...Read more

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Can extreme tight shortend psoas muscle cause you to lose rotation in your waist?

Can extreme tight shortend psoas muscle cause you to lose rotation in your waist?

Yes: The psoas muscle is a "hip flexor", meaning it helps you lift your knee up toward your chest. But because of its location along your spine and connecting to your pelvis, it can cause issues with back mobility when tight or in spasm. ...Read more

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Can psoas muscle cause entire leg pain that starts at the top of the leg and goes down the leg/thigh and down to the foot?

Can psoas muscle cause entire leg pain that starts at the top of the leg and goes down the leg/thigh and down to the foot?

Not usually: The iliopsoas muscle runs from inside your pelvis and crosses your hip joint and attaches to the femur. Its chief function is to flex the hip/leg. Pains related to psoas problems are usually restricted to the hip and upper leg and rarely go south of the knee. There is a possibility that this pain is related to a nerve problem and should have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Can the steroid in a L5 s1 injection spread into the psoas muscle which attaches to the last 4 vertebrae causing it to shrink?

Can the steroid in a L5 s1 injection spread into the psoas muscle which attaches to the last 4 vertebrae causing it to shrink?

Let me explain: If you look at the anatomy of the psoas muscle you see the body is in front l5-s1 disc space which usually injected from the back area. I doubt very much that could happen. ...Read more

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Have had movement &gi problems for 1 yr recent lumbar spine MRI came back with what looks like viscera being strangled btw psoas muscle & vertebrae?

Have had movement &gi problems for 1 yr recent lumbar spine MRI came back with what looks like viscera being strangled btw psoas muscle & vertebrae?

See your doctor: The psoas is attached to the vertebrae (bones of the low back), so it is hard to imagine viscera (internal organs) getting trapped between this muscle and the spinal bones. Call or see your doctor for a better explanation of the lumbar spine mri. If the ordering doctor does not read mris, she or he may need to talk to the radiologist. ...Read more

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Upper abdomen pain pulled muscle from working out? Any specific stretch to prevent it?

Upper abdomen pain pulled muscle from working out? Any specific stretch to prevent it?

Depends: Depends on what muscle pulled. If symptoms persis should check. In meantime, if not pregnat otc meds could help. ...Read more

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I'm almost 3 months pregnant and been experienceing abdomen pain like muscle spasm is this normal?

I'm almost 3 months pregnant and been experienceing abdomen pain like muscle spasm is this normal?

Check with Obstetric: You need to be examined by an obstetrician. We cannot rule out contractions. Contact your obstetrician soon. ...Read more

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I am having lower left abdomen pain. It's a sharp pain like a pulled muscle. It hurts when I cough, walk, and twist (more when I twist to the left).

Abdominal pain: The sharp nature of your pain and the fact that is worse with movement does sound like a pulled muscle. If you're having persistent symptoms however I would recommend that you see your doctor for a complete history and physical examination. ...Read more

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Lower left abdomen pain and shooting pain in both legs and arms muscles feel weak-burning. Colonoscopy clear vag sono clear what could be the issue?

Unknown: This really needs further investigation. I would suggest starting with a primary care physician. You would need a physical examination. From there potentially lab work, mri.... ...Read more

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25yo female with achy abdomen, gassy, constipated. No blood in stool, no vomiting. Stomach tender to touch and stomach muscles hurt. Serious?

25yo female with achy abdomen, gassy, constipated. No blood in stool, no vomiting. Stomach tender to touch and stomach muscles hurt. Serious?

Achy gassy stomach: May be gastroentritis, short lived, or may be food intolerance, gluten sensitivity, gallbladder, gastritis with or without h pylori or IBS. Can try probiotic and keep food diary and see what happens after eating milk or soy or gluten products the major culprits. F/U with gastroenterologist/ nutritionist and or allergist for food intolerances. ...Read more

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On and off bad to severe stomach and high abdomen pain with head aches, fatigue, joint ache, muscle weakness, loose stools. Had it for 2 wks. Any idea?

On and off bad to severe stomach and high abdomen pain with head aches, fatigue, joint ache, muscle weakness, loose stools. Had it for 2 wks. Any idea?

Viral illness?: The best thing would be for you to be seen and examined and tested by a general practitioner, and uk has many, in an excellent health care system. This requires more than guessing over the internet. Please go and be professionally assessed and hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Right upper abdominal pain for weeks?

Right upper abdominal pain for weeks?

Depends: Without knowing more, it is difficult to say what the cause is, however it can be related to your gallbladder (gallstones) or stomach (ulcer disease). You should contact your pcp to gather more information and possibly run some tests like an ultrasound. ...Read more

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What to do for upper abdominal pain!?

Abdominal pain: There are numerous causes of abdominal pain. Best bet is to see your doctor to help sort it out. ...Read more

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