What other symptoms might occur with abdominal muscle spasm?

Abdominal muscle spasm may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.

Gastrointestinal symptoms that may occur along with abdominal muscle spasm

Abdominal muscle spasm may accompany other symptoms that affect the gastrointestinal system including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal swelling, distension or bloating
  • Belching
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Discolored stools
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Pulsating mass in the abdomen
  • Rectal bleeding or blood in the stool

Cardiopulmonary symptoms that may occur along with abdominal muscle spasm

Abdominal muscle spasm may accompany other symptoms affecting the cardiopulmonary systems including:

  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Shortness of breath or rapid breathing (tachypnea)

Other symptoms that may occur along with abdominal muscle spasm

Abdominal muscle spasm may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:

  • Bloody or pink-colored urine (hematuria)
  • Bulge in the groin area or abdomen
  • Fainting or change in level of consciousness or lethargy
  • Fever
  • Sweating

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, abdominal muscle spasm may be a symptom of a life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms along with abdominal muscle spasm:

  • Chest pain, chest tightness, chest pressure, palpitations
  • Difficulty walking
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Shortness of breath or rapid breathing (tachypnea)
INTRODUCTION

What is abdominal muscle spasm?

Abdominal muscle spasm, also known as abdominal rigidity, is a powerful, involuntary contraction of the muscles of the abdomen. During a spasm, the muscle will feel stiff and tender if you apply pressure. The major abdominal muscles include the transversus abdominus, the deepest layer of muscle, which stabilizes your trunk; the rectus abdominus, sometimes called the “six pack,” which runs betwe... Read more about abdominal muscle spasmintroduction

CAUSES

What causes abdominal muscle spasm?

Like any other muscle in the human body, your abdominal muscles can have spasms as a result of muscle strain during heavy use or overuse, fatigue, dehydration, and alcohol or drug use. Abdominal muscle strain is a common injury among athletes and can cause muscle spasms. Abnormal abdominal spasms may also be caused by acute disorders of the organs located within the abdomen, particularly the in... Read more about abdominal muscle spasmcauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Jul 29, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

This Article is Filed Under: Bones, Joints and Muscles


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