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Detached stomach muscle ?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
An odd situation that warrants an uncomfortably biophysical
explanation but please bear with me.

I sneezed sharply while driving and felt a sharp twang in the
midriff which has since been quite sore. I have no problems
sitting up or doing any other stomach muscle related exercises
but the pain is still there. Also, every now again there is a
peculiar sensation that feels like the muscle pulling through
its sheath and it's quite sore if pull the muscle sideways
rather than lengthways. Has anyone hadf anything like this ?
Can you get a detached stomach muscle ?

Opinions appreciated from the collected amateur physicians of
u.r.w

Chris
post #2 of 6

Re: Detached stomach muscle ?

Chris Gilbert wrote
> An odd situation that warrants an uncomfortably biophysical
> explanation but please bear with me.
>
> I sneezed sharply while driving and felt a sharp twang in the
> midriff which has since been quite sore. I have no problems
> sitting up or doing any other stomach muscle related exercises
> but the pain is still there. Also, every now again there is a
> peculiar sensation that feels like the muscle pulling through
> its sheath and it's quite sore if pull the muscle sideways
> rather than lengthways. Has anyone hadf anything like this ?
> Can you get a detached stomach muscle ?
>
> Opinions appreciated from the collected amateur physicians of
> u.r.w


Breathe in and hold...now say 'aaaaah'...and cough...any loss of
appetite?...difficulty passing water or stools?...desire to vote for a
fringe party in the forthcoming election?

Well, it's nothing serious and I'd advise avoiding sneezing, driving and
stretching the muscle sideways. Take ibuprofen, eat more fruit and veg and
less red meat, and avoid alcohol. Come back if it's not cleared up in a
month.

T.
Any lumps or swelling? If so, could be a hernia. Feed your health-related
insecurities at http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/ and http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Re: Detached stomach muscle ?

Tony Buckley wrote:

> ...any loss of appetite?


Pah! As if :-)

> ...difficulty passing water or stools?


I am both a compulsive swimmer and sitter so I find it difficult
to ignore either.

> ...desire to vote for a fringe party in the forthcoming election?


Yes, the Hairdressers and barbers party. They're promsing cuts.

>.. and avoid alcohol.


That's it, Buckley. You've gone too far this time.

> Any lumps or swelling? If so, could be a hernia.


Just the usual six pack (BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!)

You're a fake and you know it, but thanks for trying anyway.

Chros
post #4 of 6

Re: Detached stomach muscle ?

Chris Gilbert wrote

> You're a fake and you know it . . .


Am I? Lordy, I wonder what the real me is like? Have I stolen my own
identity? Is the real me hidden down the back of the sofa with a leaky biro
and a few shrivelled peas?

And then the real Tony Buckley emerged briefly and wrote

Ah, the interloper's playing again is he? Has he asked what kind of noise a
llama makes yet? Be warned, it's only a matter of time. Why he gets these
strange enthusiasms I don't know but he's quite welcome to them. I'm quite
content for him to do all this stuff, after all I've got an indoor job with
no heavy lifting.

.. . . before retreating again.

> . . . but thanks for trying anyway.


The websites might be worth a look if you're concerned. You can mail the
NHS one and ask but when I did about something else, half the references
they gave me I'd already found on the first web site I included.

T.
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

Re: Detached stomach muscle ?

Fran wrote:

> Yep, got it in one.


Expert :-)

Sneezed again this morning. Yow!

Chris
post #6 of 6
(sorry if "thread necromancy" is frowned upon here, saw this and felt my reponce was needed)

in 2001, i was diagnosed with a "detached stomach muscle". what had caused it? not even anything so drastic as a sneeze.

i was just stretching and leaning around to the right to see a computer screen which some friends and me were all gathered around. i felt that pang, as you describe, and it didnt seem serious until quite some time later. two weeks after that i was in at the drs to see what was going on.

after being an outpatient overnight, i was given my diagnoses, with little explanation beyond that. painkillers and rest were all i was given. but it was months of agony, sore to breath in, sore to breath out, sore to hold my breath, sore to try to relax my muscles. cycling was definately out. after a long time, it did get better though. i remember for years i was fragile though. even the minutest bumps in a car ride were terrifyingly painful.

there have been a number of times it has started to resurface, and when it does, i take it very seriously. like now. this is perhaps the third time when it's resurfaced to this extent. not as drastic as the first time, because i know what it is now, and dont move around trying to ignore it, nor try to convince myself i'm a hypochondriac.

as i put it to a friend earlier:
"if i was offered only two choices, a broken heart with toothache, ear-ache, and migraine, or that detached stomach muscle thing, i'd chose the former. it was that bad."

if you've come across this thread as the top result in your search about your condition, as i did;
though the Drs might not have much they can do for you, do take the condition seriously, or you can make it worse, and subject yourself to having to endure months of agony. take things very easy, move very gently, and try to stay well within the now much smaller comfort zone and limited range of movement, particularl when it comes to torso twisting.

take care. :)
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