I to am having severe abdominal pains. GP can not find cause, had a baby 10 months ago and find it near on impossible to train. GP states there is no reason for this and its just my bodys responce for not being able to exercise for 18 months due to being pregnant. Linkie to my thread http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/forum/forummessages.asp?dt=4&UTN=117384&V=6&SP=
Wish i could help
What's your diet like?
Anything starchy or yeasty can react in the gut to cuase gas.
I first experienced this a few years back during a 5k race on a ridiculously hot day and it was initially put down to me drinking whilst running. However, it persisted for many months after and I tried all kinds of things -- different foods, different times of the day, running on an empty stomach first thing in the morning -- but still no resolution. It was worse around my ovulation time and the week prior to my period.
Eventually my GP got fed up with me and sent me for a scan which identified a small cyst on one of my ovaries. Further investigation showed that I had endometriosis and was surgically treated for this and hey presto. Pain free running! Unfortunately it has come back after about 18 months (consultant warned me of this at the time of the op) so I either have to cross train when the pain is bad or try and plan my racing round my monthly cycle (which is a pain in the proverbial sometimes!!).
My GP told me that many women suffer from this but it largely goes unnoticed because it doesn't cause an issue if you have a sedentary lifestyle. Or if you have little niggles throught the day you usually just dismiss it as normal ovulation pain. But high intensity, high impact exercise exacerbates the pain.
See if your GP can get you booked for a scan. It will hopefully help solve the problem!
Yes , and have you had children as Victoria asked...
I used to get this when I was much younger (20s). It would be very painful, and I gave up running. many years later I was diagnosed with endometriosis like LMS. Now after motherhood and chemotherapy which brought on an early menopause, I am running again this time without pain.
I think endometriosis is very underdiagnosed and it might be worth getting investigated. Might not be this of course, but in my experience medics often need a helping hand with diagnosis!!!
Very interested to read all of the posts on this and other threads as I have recently started running and experienced this for the first time today. I had some very mild abdominal discomfort at the start of the run, but nothing serious and this went away after about 10 mins. At the end of 30 mins, having sprinted for the last 5, I suddenly experienced acute abdominal pain very similar to period pain as well as nausea and light-headedness. I staggered to the bathroom thinking I was going to be sick, but as I wasn't I forced myself to get up and fetch some water before lying down again. About 5 mins later I started to feel better and after 10 mins all was normal again.
I am also very close to ovulation so it does sound quite like other people's experiences. I am in my mid twenties and haven't had any children. I hope it isn't endometriosis!
Hi. My cramps are all related to being of the female gender. I have always suffered very painful periods, have fibroids and endometriosis and have always had cramps when running, even from, or rather especially from an early age. Much worse just before priod time.
Mine is not at all related to diet, but then I make sure I haven't eaten before running.
Both endometriosis and fibroids are under diagnosed, if you have 'no' symptoms then why investigate?
btw - they are always when I push myself that bit harder.
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