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A 22-year-old female asked:

i m having light cramps just beside the belly button. when i stand up or lie down it increases. just discovered it today. little hard wen pressed?

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Dr. Gebrehana Zebro (formerly Woldegiorgis)
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
This is something: That you need to pay attention immediately . It is hard to put finger on it based on the story but seems that it could be appendicitis among other condition. Good luck.
Dr. Chevies Newman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
I wouldnt hit: The panic button yet but if you have fever, nausea or vomiting i would go in; chances are it will improve on its own. Good luck.

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