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Muscle Strain/Tear??

OK, here's your chance to whack the old man. I have a question for some of you that may be informed regarding sports injuries. I was recently doing some excercises that required me to fall then get up quickly and roll. On one of the roll recoveries I felt a pain in the lower abs. I've taken some Tylenol to relieve the pain as it seems to subside after about a day. I've worked out twice since the incident and have worked through the pain by taking a couple Tylenols after the workout. Today, I noticed a bruise on my lower abdomen(very lower). My questions are these, "Should I continue to work out but avoid the moves that put a strain on my abs?". Does a muscle get weaker after a tear, even if it's a small tear? Can I continue and work through the pain or am I hurting myself?

I realize you guys aren't doctors, but I'm hoping someone may have stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night.

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I had a severe strain of my lower abs a few years back from laying out to try and catch a football. It hurt like a bastard for about two months, but I was able to work through it without injuring it worse. when I say work through it, I mean I did my normal workouts while skipping any direct ab exercises. sometimes with a muscle tear you will also have a burning sensation that isn't associated with a strain. and my doc told me to pay attention to any additional pain or swelling, because if it is a complete tear through the abdominal wall it can easily turn into a hernia.

sooooo, if it hurts really bad, I would go to the dr. and get an MRI. if it's just pretty sore, continue working out and try not to put too much stress on your abs while keeping an eye out for things getting worse.
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Yeah, just kinda sore now. I don't think I tore anything through. I have no problem with walking/running, stretching or jumping excercises. Just the ones where you have to really use the abs hard, as in getting up from a lying down position very quickly. I think I'll sit out the ab stuff for a couple weeks and see how it goes. Thanks.

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a bruise means it's bleeding from somewhere though. keep an eye on it.

it's amazing that you don't realize how much you use your abs in everyday activities until you injure them. try not to sneeze
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Take some aleve to reduce the swelling.

I have an ailing shoulder injury and I pretty much take aleve everyday for that. Just take it easy and if it doesn't get better in a week or so go to the doctor.
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I would go to the Doctor asap. Reason being is it could be more than a tear. You could (sounds like) a hernia to me. Abdominal muscles are one of the more stronger muscles in your body. Everyone has ABS. you are using them right now to keep your body propped up right. If for some reason you can not get to the Doctor right away, I would recommend icing it 15-20 minutes every other hour or so, to help reduce some swelling. I am not a doctor by any means but I have been around the weight room for going on 10+ years (4-5X's a week) Best of luck, and I would be careful with the Aleeve/Ibprofen can cause internal bleeding....Just keep an eye on it. Don't neglect stretching, it can help prevent further injuries.
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It's been three weeks since the injury. I held back for about a week. After that I was back at full throttle(so to speak). The bruising went away after about 2 weeks. Nothing major as you suspected. Thanks though.

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It's been three weeks since the injury. I held back for about a week. After that I was back at full throttle(so to speak). The bruising went away after about 2 weeks. Nothing major as you suspected. Thanks though.
I would watch it though...it is more prone to injury now that it has been injured.....Sounds like it was just a strain and not a tear/hernia......Best of Luck and don't forget to stretch................
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