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Old 01-27-2010, 09:27 PM   #1
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Pain in lower right abdomen after working out.

In August I started working out, and after a few weeks I would have pain in what I thought was my right testicle, mainly in the evenings. The pain eventually became localized to the lower right abdomen. I no longer have pain in my testicle, but I saw a urologist anyway just to make sure everything was okay with that area. He did a urinalysis and a scrotal ultrasound, and said everything looked fine and that the problem was probably muscular.

It's been about 4 or 5 months of this. What happens is that I am completely pain free for a couple weeks at a time, then I'll just do a bench press with a minimal amount of weight (70 lbs) just to see if the problem is still there. The day after I work out, the pain comes back. I would describe it as more of a pressure than a pain, and it's located almost right by my right hip bone. The pain/pressure might last for a day or two, then I'll be pain free again. It's tolerable enough for me to keep working out, but I don't want to do any more damage. It's frustrating because it's been lingering for so long and I really want to get into a good workout regimen.

Does anyone have an idea of what the problem could be? I'm hoping it's just a strained muscle or something. Thanks

 
Old 01-30-2010, 04:13 AM   #2
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Re: Pain in lower right abdomen after working out.

It sounds very much like a minor hernia. The urologist should have checked but it is often difficult to detect small hernias. The workout could be pushing a bit of gut through the muscle so the time to check is when you are feeling the pain. If you apply a finger to the spot where you feel the pain (while standing upright) and then give a good cough, you should feel a movement there that will be quite obvious. It is also sometimes possible to push the herniated gut back into place and the pain should then disappear immediately.
An alternative could be that you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The workout can cause friction on the bowel which goes into a spasm. In that case, your doctor can prescribe an antispasmolytic (such as Spasmomen).
I have suffered from IBS for years and also had an inguinal hernia repair on the same side (right). Spasmomen eliminates the intense pain in about 15 minutes.

 
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Old 01-31-2010, 05:54 AM   #3
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Re: Pain in lower right abdomen after working out.

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It sounds very much like a minor hernia. The urologist should have checked but it is often difficult to detect small hernias. The workout could be pushing a bit of gut through the muscle so the time to check is when you are feeling the pain. If you apply a finger to the spot where you feel the pain (while standing upright) and then give a good cough, you should feel a movement there that will be quite obvious. It is also sometimes possible to push the herniated gut back into place and the pain should then disappear immediately.
An alternative could be that you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The workout can cause friction on the bowel which goes into a spasm. In that case, your doctor can prescribe an antispasmolytic (such as Spasmomen).
I have suffered from IBS for years and also had an inguinal hernia repair on the same side (right). Spasmomen eliminates the intense pain in about 15 minutes.
Thank you. That makes a lot of sense. I'm going to look more into that. Is a small hernia something that can eventually heal itself?

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