Abdominal pains

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25/02/2004 at 14:20
Have been running for a couple of years now with low back pain, suggested diagnosis by my physio as general wear and tear. However I am now suffering from abdominal pain on a fairly regular basis.(maybe once a week) It usually comes on (if it is going to) after I have only been running for 10-15 minutes. I get a hot sensation in my stomach/intestines, followed by a very tight feeling inside. Feels like my stomach or guts are tying themselves in knots, this is then followed by nausea and pain. I have to stop running ( have tried to run though and end up in a terrible state, pain , nausea, faintness). Bending double helps to relieve the pain and generally after staggering/walking for 10 minutes or so I can carry on running. My physio reckons this could be a trapped nerve from my back but hasn't been able to suggest any cure.
Has anyone else experienced this? or knows how to stop it happening.
Am beginning to wonder if I will ever be able to run confidently again... if not can someone please shoot me!
26/02/2004 at 18:02
I experience almost the exact same thing, but it seems loosly related to time in my cycle. I have never had it investigated but friend of mine went to see a Dr who said it was due to mild endometriosis. She had a laparoscopy and some bits burned off (sounds a bit gorey but she was fine in a day or 2) and has had no problems since (although she now has 2 small children so has little time for running!!). It was the much the same as what I have, so maybe a gynaecologist is what you need.
I find if I feel it coming on, rather than run through it I stop until it subsides and then can keep running. Not ideal but it works okay for me.
27/02/2004 at 10:08
Thanks for the message. I suffered again last night and feel bad that the group I was running with had to stop and walk with me for 10 minutes. I've made an appointment with my GP for next week so hopefully I can get this sorted out. Does your pain only come on when running?
I do not have a cycle at all and haven't had a period for years! (mild polycystic orarian syndrome) ...maybe I have a horrible buildup!
29/02/2004 at 17:05
My pain only comes on when running and it sounds quite similar to yours. Good luck with the GP- it is best to get this sorted and maybe you can give me some info once you have been seen as I never seem to get around to getting it seen to!! Goo luck...
08/03/2004 at 12:41
Mine is due to running just above my lactic acid threshold.

It happened yesterday at the Greenwich 10K when I sprinted up hill to the finish..............5 minutes later I felt the "period like cramps start".

The only way to stop these cramps happening (I find)
is to either start off slowly.
Or if you are in a race situation, when warming up, allow 15 - 20 minutes and sprint very fast to elivate the lactic acid.
I have done this to bring on the cramps.....then afterwards I can run with no problems.
I always get it in the first half hour of running UNLESS I start OFF S L O W L Y.

Good luck, hope it helps.

I saw a gyneacologist and I had no abnormalities at all.

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