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I have pain about 3 inches above my belly button lately after I eat. I have had my gallbladder out for a year.?

I have pain about  3 inches above my belly button lately after I eat.  I have had my gallbladder out for a year.?

Unclear: That is nonspecific, and doesn't sound dangerous. It could be a small "epigastric" hernia, or could be a hernia related to one of the incisions from you gallbladder operation. Start out with a physical from you primary care provider. ...Read more

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Belly Button (Definition)

The belly button is the remnants of the umbilical cord. It is a central scar that forms in the location of the base of the umbilical cord, once ...Read more


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I've been having severe pains around and underneath my belly button its a very sharp and painful feeling pain escalates when urinating & stretching?

I've been having severe pains around and underneath my belly button its a very sharp and painful feeling pain escalates when urinating & stretching?

Belly pain: There are different causes for your pain that need to be taken into consideration. Urinary tract infection is one of the most common ones in sexually active females especially if the pain intensifies with urination. Pelvic infections is another reason. Intestinal problems would probably be next to rule out. ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use pain medication as directed
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Avoid fast movements
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See your doctor if your neck pain hasn't improved in 1 week
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I had laparoscopic surgery through my belly button 7 years ago. The scar is red, angry, painful and slowly growing. Can anything be done?

I had laparoscopic surgery through my belly button 7 years ago.  The scar is red, angry, painful and slowly growing.   Can anything be done?

Sounds like: Keloid or at least hypertrophic scar. Excision, steroid injection, topical radiation are alternatives. Consult with your surgeon or a dermatologist for specific recommendation. ...Read more

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Try to determine the cause
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Write down severity, duration, location (front/back of knee, etc.)
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If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, bag of frozen peas, etc.
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See a doctor
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How painful is getting your belly button pierced?

Subjective: Pain scales are very subjective and people's tolerance to pain vary greatly. Some people may consider the procedure an 8 or even a 10, while others will report a 2 or 3. Your own experience will indeed be your own. ...Read more

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Between my belly button & pelvic bone, i feel a small, hard lump. Not painful & not pregnant....What could this be? I do have pcos if that helps...

Between my belly button & pelvic bone, i feel a small, hard lump. Not painful & not pregnant....What could this be? I do have pcos if that helps...

Skin Issue: Most likely this is a skin issue. However, if the "hard lump" is deeper inside your abdomen, it could be a fibroid or an enlarged uterus. Go have your doctor check it out if you are worried or it does not go away. ...Read more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
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Ask pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If neuropathy, request trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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