An abdominal muscle strain, or pulled stomach muscle, is often an overuse injury. It occurs when muscles in the stomach stretch or tear. Football and tennis players are prone to this injury. But anyone can strain the abdominal muscles.
Why is my stomach slightly tender to touch?
Abdominal tenderness is generally a sign of inflammation or other acute processes in one or more organs. The organs are located around the tender area. Acute processes mean sudden pressure caused by something. For example, twisted or blocked organs can cause point tenderness.
When should I worry about abdominal tenderness?
Contact your provider if you have: Abdominal discomfort that lasts 1 week or longer. Abdominal pain that does not improve in 24 to 48 hours, or becomes more severe and frequent and occurs with nausea and vomiting. Bloating that persists for more than 2 days.
What does tenderness when touching the abdomen mean?
Abdominal tenderness can be mild to severe. Rebound tenderness means that there is more pain when pressure on the tender area is released. It occurs when the tissue that lines the abdominal cavity (the peritoneum) is irritated, inflamed, or infected. This is called peritonitis.
How do you tell if it's a hernia or pulled muscle?
It is often difficult to sort out the precise cause even with expert physician evaluation. Groin pain from a pulled muscle and from a hernia can feel very similar. It can be dull or sharp or a burning discomfort. A Hernia is distinguished by a visible and/or a palpable bulge in the area of the pain or discomfort.
Does appendicitis hurt when stretched?
Pain and tenderness can occur in a location other than the right lower quadrant. A retrocecal appendix in a retroperitoneal location may cause flank pain. In this case, stretching the iliopsoas muscle can elicit pain.