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Abdominal strain after doing exercise - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Recently I started doing pushups and crunches to help out with my dieting so that I could lose weight. I asked my boyfriend to oversee to make sure I do them all, and with his navy experience, he started me off at 50 crunches. That was two days ago.
I can't do any crunches today (could barely do them yesterday) because I have severe abdominal muscle cramps that feel more like a XXXXXXXX horse on my abdomin. It hurts. Way more than regular muscle soreness. I'm afraid I might have pulled something or really damaged my abdominal muscles. I can't straighten completely because the pain is that bad, I've been actively trying to keep my stomach muscles in a relaxed state so that the pain isn't as bad.
Have any ideas why this is? Did I do too many crunches and pull something?
User :   Any chance of a response before my five minutes is up? I don't have the money for after the trial is up, since I need to save it for an actual doctor's visit. I just want some advice BEFORE the appointment, since that's probably going to end up being a week away
Doctor :   during the initial days of starting any exercise this type of pain is common for the first few days
User :   No, I know regular soreness. This is NOT normal soreness
User :   This feels like a XXXXXXXX horse in my stomach. Severe.
User :   This is not even high level normal soreness
Doctor :   consult a doctor for the physical examination and for assessment to know weather have you damaged any muscle or not
Doctor :   till you get appointment
Doctor :   stop the exercise
User :   okay
Doctor :   and can consume the OTC pain relief medications
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