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Baby Swollen Stomach
I just had my baby 9 days ago after a c section. Recently, the left abdomen is swollen and painful. Did I pull an internal stitch?
Not if...: ...due to Mesenteric Adenitis (enlargement of lymph nodes in abdominal mesentery) is commonly seen in conditions that mimic acute appendicitis. When accompanied by inflammation of the ileum, & crohn's disease has been excluded, consider bacterial infection caused by yersinia enterocolitica, campylobacter, salmonella. Adenitis may also reflect non-GI inflammatory processes in the abdomen or pelvis. ...Read more
Many reasons: I could be simply increased gas. However problems such as Gastric Outlet obstruction, due to an ulcer or small bowel obstruction must be also considered. Do you have history of peptic ulcers? Do you have Nausea and vomiting.Please see a gastroenterologist SOON if thye answer is yes to either questions. ...Read more
Intestines uterus: As we age there is less muscle and our intestines and other organs can seem to protrude. Also, the elderly can sometimes appear to be swollen due to constipation and women can have a prominent lower abdomen due to a large uterus or fibroids. Other reasons include hernias of the belly button or from a previous incision on the belly. ...Read more
Don't know: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more
"Swollen pimple": If a little red raised bump on your body you initially thought was a pimple starts to swell, it may be a signs of an infection, especially if there is associated redness & tenderness. These may progress to more advanced infections. After you are examined, your doctor will be able to decide on specific treatments, such as antibiotics or incision & drainage. These are easier to treat if done soon. ...Read more
Fatty food/gallstone: Intermittent swelling of your abdomen may be related to fatty foods and gallstones. Dinner is usually the highest fat meal. Fat triggers gallbladder to squeeze, empty its load of digestive bile into your GI tract. If you have gallstones, dietary fat triggers an abnormal system and bloating/swelling occur. Ultrasound can be diagnostic. Others causes: constipation, gastric bloat, mass. ...Read more
Gas medicine: Gas x or meds with simethicone should relieve gas. ...Read more
Right abdomen: There are many organs in the right side of the abdomen, including the liver, gallbladder, intestines, pancreas, appendix, ovary, and fallopian tube, among others. Any persistent swelling warrants a work up from your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more
Large abdomen: An enlarging abdomen over what is normal for you, can develop over a period of hours to weeks. This excludes obesity, common causes are gas in the intestine, fluid in the abdomen, pregnancy, and rarely cancer. A CAT scan or ultrasound will show what is going on. Would be helpful to know if there are other symptoms, such as pain, constipation, and liver problems. ...Read more
A physical exam: A good physical exam is the best way to determine if there is fluid in your abdomen. If then there is any other doubt at that point, an ultrasound would be the best next test - extremely safe ad would answer your question. ...Read more
It's possible: If you are having pain and sighing often then it's possib, cramps the I would return to my doctor ...Read more
Acute belly bloating: There are lots of reasons for acute abdominal distension/bloating, & not all of them are due to the GI tract. Even "functional" syndromes may be present without underlying "disease." However SBO (paralyzed gut) and/or ascites are just some of the serious conditions possible here that warrant you check with your doctor for examination now. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bloating can be normal, BUT self limited
if your abdomen is hard and or tender or you have a fever,
or feel dizzy when arising, go back and get checked.
if a perforation occurred, it can cause internal bleeding, infection and even bowel injury--ALL emergencies.
alternatively go the ER for a possible CT scan and blood count ...Read more
I have pain on my left side of my stomach every morning. The left side of my stomach is also swollen?
Constipation: In a female of your age the most likely is constipation without any blood, which you did not mention, and only bloating and left sided pain. Do you have round or hard poops or strain when you go? Are you getting enough fiber in your diet (9 servings of fruits and veggies a day and 3 grains) and drinking your 64 ounces of water a day? The left side is colon, abdomen is the emptying side. No organs. ...Read more