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19 May 2009 @ 03:11 pm
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This morning, while waiting for the train, I developed a sudden stomach ache that rapidly evolved into feeling like I'd been punched in the gut, complete with painful, tense muscles all around my abdomen, and difficulty breathing and all the other unpleasant feelings associated with that. I sat down to try to catch my breath and figure out what to do, and after a few minutes, it subsided, and I was back to feeling basically fine. WTF, body?

Is this a thing that happens? Does it have a name?
I'm feeling: nervoustentative
veek on May 19th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
It is a thing that happens to me, anyway. I don't know whether it has a name; to me it feels like the equivalent of pinching a nerve, except it's muscle. It's usually the result of a movement I make that doesn't play well with the previous position of my body, but it's not something I can prevent. Like a stitch, except without the running.
Chance: blue guymiss_chance on May 19th, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
When it's happened to me I've attributed it to extreme gas. Or something I ate gone just a little too far, and if it doesn't come back the feeling of a hard-won vistory in what was probably an ugly, ugly internal war. Or coffee on an empty stomach.

blech! Sorry to hear about it!
veek on May 19th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, right -- yes, gas. That.
(Anonymous) on May 19th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
I remember one day last year when ever hour or so a few stomach/abdomen muscles would do their best to make me very very miserable and frightened for a half a minute, then go away. It was a very odd day, and I have no idea what it was, and it never happened to me before or since.
The Future Holds Nothing Else But Confrontation: America Dunkieshawver on May 19th, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
I call it "eating Burger King for breakfast".
David Policardpolicar on May 19th, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
I'm inclined to call that a stomach cramp.
That, or something like it, used to happen to me fairly often as an adolescent but not so much since.
rapha on May 19th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
The expert speaks! ;-)

Had the exact same thing happen last year (while at WORK :/). Right down to not being able to breathe. Called the G.I. That's the answer I got. Good news is, it didn't return. So as long as it doesn't return, it shouldn't mean anything terrible going on.
Scheherazade is my patron saint.a_kosmos on May 19th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
EEK! That sounds terrible. I hope you feel better.
drwexdrwex on May 19th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
Random hypothesizing
Not being in your body I can't vouch for the accuracy of any of these, but:

an abdominal muscle cramp can happen more or less unbidden. It's kind of like a charley horse but in the wrong place.

a 'stomach cramp' is sometimes caused by a gas bubble or a bout of reflux. Usually these happen in response to stress or to something a person has eaten.
Inaemzkero on May 19th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
a little dissent..
I would check to see if it's gall stones...

They can feel like a gas issue, or like someone is trying to rip through you. If they are small stones, it's usually just a bit of discomfort, if they are big stones... you usually end up in the hospital due to pain.

It could be gas, but it can also be gall stones.
cinnabarinecinnabarine on May 19th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
Re: a little dissent..
I second this. I just had this issue and what you're describing isn't far from what I experienced (except for the fact that my gallstone attack lasted a much longer time).

Did this happen after eating? About 20 minutes to an hour afterwards? Was the pain sharpest right underneath your right ribcage?

It's probably just gas or a cramp, but gallstones are surprisingly common (and not that big a deal) and worth checking into, especially if this happens again.
Co-conspirator of Squeemuffyjo on May 20th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
Re: a little dissent..
DUH! I hadn't thought of that and you'd think I would (having had mine out for just that reason). Yes, I third it. It very much resembles what might be gall stones. For me the place I felt the pain was where my stomach actually is under my sternum but when the nurse pressed on my right abdomen the pain got worse. Once the stone has cleared the exit, you feel perfectly fine again.
goslinggosling on May 19th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
I have had two women describe occasionally getting ovulation pain pretty much like that (although they didn't mention the difficulty breathing part), so if it's the right point in your cycle, that might be a possible explanation too.