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What does it mean if your abs cramp?

What does it mean if your abs cramp?

Many possibilities: Abdominal cramping during abdominal exercises occurs with fatigue or overtaxing of the associated muscles. They may be deconditoned, and the cramping will eventually subside as you get in better shape. Cramping during heavy exertion, especially during hot/humid environments, can be a sign of dehydration and/or sodium or potassium depletion. Cramping can also occur due to nonorthopedic condtions. ...Read more

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What does it mean you get a cramp when doing abs?

What does it mean you get a cramp when doing abs?

It's a good thing: Wait it out, or bend backwards and stretch it out. Keep working those abs. Cramps are mostly mysterious and don't try to hard to figure out what they mean. Stay well-hydrated with enough electrolytes. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my lower abs hurt, after cramping from the gym and still do help?

What do you suggest if my lower abs hurt, after cramping from the gym and still do help?

Props to Yourself!: It sounds like you had a really good workout in the gym. Abdominal pain after a heavy workout means your muscles are getting stronger. It may also mean that you are dehydrated and cramping. Drink a bottle of electrolyte and a bottle of water. A balanced workout regime will exercise a muscle group one day and rest it the next day. Good luck to you! ...Read more

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Could you tell me why my lower abs hurt, after cramping from the gym? Can i still work out?

Could you tell me why my lower abs hurt, after cramping from the gym? Can i still work out?

Lactic acid buildup!: Overuse or relative overuse (more than muscles used to doing) will create a transient buildup of muscle soreness (lactic acid may cause). Usually worst 24-48 after causative workout. It is Ok to gently "push through" this discomfort, BUT do not force activity that causes overt pain. NSAIDs, rest, light stretching may help speed recovery. ...Read more

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When I do an ab exercise, after the first set my abs start to cramp up really badly. Should I stop this.?

When I do an ab exercise, after the first set my abs start to cramp up really badly. Should I stop this.?

You might need to...: I don't know for how long have you been doing the exercise. If you just started it may be just the muscle sore from the exercise. With time this will improve. In any other case, you should seek medical care. ...Read more

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I'm having severe cramps in my lower abs. Right above my groin the pain set on suddenly at the end of my bowel movement it is sharp and coming in wave?

I'm having severe cramps in my lower abs. Right above my groin the pain set on suddenly at the end of my bowel movement it is sharp and coming in wave?

Rule out hernia: The biggest concern that I'd have is for any kind of hernia present. If the pain intensifies, there is a mass/bulge in your groin abdomen, nausea/vomiting, or inability to have a bowel movement then I would go to an emergency room for evaluation. If the pain subsides, I would still be seen by your physician. ...Read more