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Pain in the abdomen upon sneezing. Strained muscle? Pain while exercising

Hi I sneezed and it caused a pain in my left lower abdomen . I went to workout three days later for two days in a row and every time I did ab workouts it would strain that area and hurt bad! I still have that pain and when I sneez and it s going to be a week. Did I strain a muscle? I really want to return to working out.
Asked On : Wed, 5 Sep 2012
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Thank you for the query.

Pain which has appeared first time after sneezing it is characteristic for inguinal hernia. It happens when during sneezing abdominal tension grows and pushes abdominal cavity contents. When in inguinal area it will find weak place, the contents will get out of abdominal cavity. You can check if there is a small lump in inguinal area. It can be present, or can appear when caught or sneezing. Sometimes it can be visualized by inguinal ultrasound only.
Of course it can be strained muscle, but inguinal hernia should be ruled out at first. You should visit your doctor and have ultrasound performed.

Hope this will help.
Answered: Fri, 7 Sep 2012
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