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    Today I was stretching my right hamstring. A standard stretch, one leg tucked in and the other extended, then lean forward. As I brought my face down to my knee, the upper right side of my abdomen tightened up and became hard. It was very uncomfortable, and fairly hard. It went away after a few seconds, but when I stretch my abs that area feels sore. This has happened about three times now, the last was a year ago. Any thoughts on what this is?

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    You could very well be pregnant ????? LOL
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    Wouldn't that be awkward. Seeing as I'm a dude. Must've happened in my sleep. :P

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    yep I picked up on the dude thing. Just an old Gwamma trying to be funny !!!!!!!!!
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    It's a cramp. One thing that forbids me from doing flexibility exercises like that. Anytime I bend over too far my abs turn rock hard. It hurts for a day or two afterward every time. So I quit doing it. Ta-daa!


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    The way you describe it, it could be your quadratus lumborum muscle, typically exercised in side planks. but i know how "upper right side" you felt it, so it also might not be this muscle. If it hurts more and is sore, you could try some mild heat
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    I have experienced the same thing... it is a muscle cramp, imho.
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    There are other stretches you can do for hamstrings. There are lying ones; there are even partenered ones.

    I think it's an interesting reaction. I wonder if you're doing the stretch quite right. I also wondered if your stomach muscles might be over-tight. But I don't know.

    You might ask Dr. Stark for an opinion on this one. His book on stretching is very informative, and he does take questions on his website -- see the section "Blog and Q & A":

    Dr Steven D. Stark - Podiatry, Orthotics, Sports Medicine - Vancouver, White Rock — Blog

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    Or you could forget the hamstring stretching and try some myofascial release with a foam roller. Lots have people have what they think are tight hammys when in reality, it is the body compensating for something else.

    Here's something to try.

    Check the angle of hip flexion you can achieve, 85deg is considered 'normal' range of movement. I am often at 70deg on the left leg.

    Foam roll your calf from achilles up, rolling up 2 inches and back one inch. Also do the inside and outside of the calf. Work your way up to just below knee.

    Then roll over and do the quad from the knee up, again 2" up, 1" back. After 4 cycles, swing the leg laterally each way, to help with the release. Then, deep breath in, flex at the ankle to 90deg keeping pressure on the roller and exhaling.

    When you get to the top of the thigh, roll 45 deg to hit the Tensor Fascia Latae muscle, roll that, but rock from side to side after 4 cycles, still do the knee flexion.

    You will likely find another 10 -15 deg of hip flexion with the leg straight. So your hamstring are improved without going anywhere near them.

    It's an odd thing, but it really works. Kind of proves that other muscles can play a big part in tension in other areas.

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