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Severe muscular pain that seems to be internal and centered around belly button after starting abdominal exercises. Cause of concern?

I started doing abdominal exercises about a week ago. Around the same time I began to experience severe muscular pain in that area (which I expected) but also pain that feels more internal. The pain was centered around my belly button and was so bad I could barely sit up. Should I be concerned? The pain has decreased but when I try to do even one sit-up the pain is unbearable and I still feel mild pain in that area, particularly when physically active.
Asked On : Fri, 21 Dec 2012
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Emergency Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hi Mufty,
Thanks for writing your query.

Muscular pains are common if a person is not accustomed to heavy exercise.
You should start by doing less exercises in initial days and then gradually increasing the exercise. This will help the muscles to get accustomed to the extra work and will not pain.

Abdominal pain as described by you are common after abdominal crunches. You should stop exercising for few days to give rest to muscles and then gradually do the exercise as mentioned before. Always take opinion of your instructor about the duration and severity of the exercise.

If pain is severe you can take pain killer along with muscle relaxant after discussing with your doctor.
Hot fomentation and application of pain relieving gel will give some relief.

I hope this is helpful to you.
Answered: Fri, 28 Dec 2012
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Neurologist Dr. Sandhya Manorenj's  Response
You need not worry , the pain which you have described is due to abdominal exercise which has produced muscle sprain.You need to have muscle relaxation drugs like tolperisone, with analgesics which will make you comfortable.
Answered: Fri, 28 Dec 2012
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