Hi, I've experienced abdominal spasms, since giving birth, while unconscious. That child is now 41. Through the years I've received no explanation for my symptoms. I first experienced the spasm the week after giving birth. I bent to get something out the cabinet and experienced an horrible pain and a spasm that, when touched, felt like a fist in my abdomen. It initially occurred in the lower left abdomen. Eventually it moved to the upper right abdomen. This cramp, spasm, etc. ??? could be brought on by doing sit ups, leaning backwards out my seat to pick-up paper, and pressure (3 yr old jumped on me for a hug).
Medical professionals have been unhelpful. I was told in the 80s it was a hernia. Years later, I asked for further evaluation because it felt like something would burst. I was laughed at and told "nothing was gonna burst just don't do sit-up." An ER doctor told me to try to make it in during a spasm. The pain can be so severe that I breakout in a sweat, immobilized, groaning, massaging the knot, and stretching out the abdomen for relief. The whole thing only last 2-3 minutes, at the most 5 minutes, but it feels like hours. Afterwards, I have soreness/tenderness in the area of the spasm.
At 59, I am still having problems from this undiagnosed complaint. I experienced the spasm a couple weeks ago. After the spasm I experienced a 4" length of tenderness from under my breast straight down my abdomen. The length of tenderness is new. I waited before making an appointment telling myself if this doesn't stop soon I'll go in for an exam. The tenderness has almost subsided but there is still soreness and what feels like a 4" welt or raised cord under the skin.
One doctor examined my abdomen as if something would show externally if it were a hernia. I believe something is there now, at least they would feel this welt. I'm so soured by past experience, I dread going in for an exam but I'm fearful of abdominal or intestinal cancers.