Odd One Sides Abdominal Tension

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Hey All smile

I'm having a weird issue which I'm seeing a specialist about but wanted to ask on here too to see if anyone could help. Basically for the past 5 weeks I've been having one sided abdominal tension/cramping (I'm 26 and Male) which ONLY comes on when I walk and instantly goes when I sit down....I don't have this issue at any other point. It's not painful but feels like the type of cramp you get in your leg but without the pain. The area which it occurs is below my lowest rib and above my hip but a little more towars my belly button.

I've had blood tests which were clear, I had a partial colondoscopy (didn't get to the side I have the pain on) and also and endoscopy which were both clear.

I get NO further tension or pain when pushing and prodding the area or when twsiting or anything...only when walking. I have no other symptoms either.

One thing I will note is that for the past 8 years I've been having bad back pains (mainly on the right side near my spine) due to a car crash I was in and for the past 4 months or so I've been twisting and bending my back in order to "crack" it to relieve the spasming pain I get. Now that same spasming pain has started to appear on top of my above mentioned symptoms in the same affected abdominal areas...cracking my back relieves those pains but not the tension/cramp.

If i place a hand on my abdomen when I have the cramp/tension when I'm walking then that too makes it go away. 

Could this be some odd back related muscle issue? Any help would be greately appreciated smile


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  • Posted

    Hi crispyswinger,

    Sounds painful

    I don't really have an accurate idea of what this could be but it sounds like a nerve or muscle spasm problem. They should be able to give you a muscle relaxant.

    Sorry I can't help much though.

    : )

  • Posted

    Sorry just read again that it doesn't give you pain. (Think I was thinking how painful cramp is when I get it)

  • Posted

    Sound's like a muscle issue, physio? Imaging won't show much I guess unless some muscle was hypertrophic due to spasm. Ligament damage?

    • Posted

      Could be yeah...It started right after i had constipation for a week followed by a day of the runs. This was 5 weeks ago and it's not gone away since...came on suddenly and hasn't gotten better or worsr in almost 2 months. 

  • Posted

    I would be inclined to see a physiotherapist who practices acupuncture. They are unlikely to do any harm and very possible might help.
  • Posted

    Thanks all! I will add that I've seen a bunch of docs and one said it was IBS (rubbish), I then saw a specialist at a good hospital who again thought it was intestinal and sent me for those cameras up and down and one failed (too painful for me) and the other was all clear (endoscopy would be as pain isn't thay high up).

    I was and am worried it could be serious but surely if it was then I'd have the problem all the time?

    I'm also inclined to think it's muscular... Maybe the iliopsoas muscles? I saw my normal physio who I see about the back pain but he was stumped.

    Acupuncture is a good idea! Never thought of that... I'm currently speaking with a new physio who said he can and will work close with my new personal trainer at the gym to suggest workouts thay I can do to help with the back pain and the abdomen issues (I've never really been the gym before so it's nothing I've done there that has caused this as I joined after the issues started)

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