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Pain in Lower Left Side of Abdomen When Exercising

author image Chris Callaway
Chris Callaway started writing professionally in 2007 and has worked as sports editor, managing editor and senior editor of "The Racquet" as well as written for the "La Crosse Tribune" and other newspapers in western Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a Bachelor of Arts in English and communications.
Pain in Lower Left Side of Abdomen When Exercising
New exercisers often experience abdominal pain from overexertion.

Pain in your lower left abdominal while exercising is not uncommon. If you only feel this pain while working out, it is probably nothing more than a side stitch or side ache. But, according to, other causes of pain in the lower left abdominal area include appendicitis, cancer, endometriosis, injury, intestinal obstruction, kidney infections and a torn colon. Some of these conditions are severe, so see a doctor if you have intense abdominal pain that concerns you.

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Side Stitches

Side stitches, also known as cramps or side aches, are a common pain for new exercisers. Despite being painful, side stitches are not a cause for concern and will go away when you stop exercising. To prevent side stitches, don't drink too much water or eat gas-producing foods before exercising. This is a common problem for those just starting an exercise program. As you get into better shape, your side stitches should subside. When you start to feel a cramp, take a long, slow breath as if you are breathing through a straw and then blow out hard.


Abdominal pain while exercising may be a result of an injury. If you pull a muscle or push yourself too hard, your abdomen may feel sore. Prevent this by not pushing yourself too hard. It is common to feel sore the day after an intense abdominal workout, so try to take a day off between resistance exercises that work your stomach. If an exercise hurts, stop doing it and let your body recover. You can try different exercises that don't hurt until your abdomen has healed.


Appendicitis is the result of an inflamed appendix that is usually treated by removing the appendix. The pain usually starts at the belly button and travels to the lower right side of your abdomen, but according to, you may experience pain on your left side as well. This pain becomes sharper over several hours and often is accompanied by nausea, loss of appetite, fever, constipation, diarrhea and abdominal swelling. If you think you are suffering from appendicitis, contact your doctor immediately as this is a medical emergency.


Endometriosis is a chronic disease that happens when a woman's uterus lining grows outside her uterus. This leads to pelvic pain and can be serious. Pain also occurs with periods, intercourse, bowel movements and urination. If you think you are suffering from endometriosis, see your doctor right away.

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