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Doctor insights on: What Does It Mean When Your Belly Button Bulges

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Belly button bulging?

Belly button bulging?

Hernia: In my experience the most commong cause is a hernia of the umbillicus or belly button. This can occur even in young women, often after pregnancy, after surgery made through the umbillicus such as laparoscopy and sometimes for no obvious reason at all. Best to see a doctor and let them examine you and make a recommendation as to what it is and how best to treat. ...Read more

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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The bulge above my belly button does not hurt?

The bulge above my belly button does not hurt?

Please rephrase: From your question it sounds like you expect the "bulge above your belly button" should hurt. Is that correct, or was there a typo? ...Read more

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I have a real small bulge above my belly button but hurts only sometimes?

I have a real small bulge above my belly button but hurts only sometimes?

Hernia: It sounds like you may have a small umbilical hernia. The only way to definitively diagnose it would be by seeing your physician. These types of hernias may be sore or tender, but if the bulge becomes large or painful, it may become an emergency. I would get this checked out at your earliest convenience. ...Read more

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I have a bulge near my belly button on my left side it doesn't hurt all could it be a baby or is it something else?

I have a bulge near my belly button on my left side it doesn't hurt all could it be a baby or is it something else?

Hernia is but one: POSSIBILITY. You need to see your doctor for a proper evaluation. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have a small area of swelling a couple inches to the left of my belly button with no pain, just a bulge. What could this be?

I have a small area of swelling a couple inches to the left of my belly button with no pain, just a bulge. What could this be?

Your age?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Knowing your country or state helps, too. Age, location, and gender, can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, & we expect it of you! List any meds you take, & any chronic medical problems, too. ...Read more

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When I lay on my back there is a bulge above belly button centre of rib cage, afraid could this be terminal?

When I lay on my back there is a bulge above belly button centre of rib cage, afraid could this be terminal?

Not to Worry: Its the bottom of your sternum ("Breast plate") called the "Xyphoid Process" a piece of cartilage, that's all, perfectly benign. NOT to worry and don't poke at it. I know you are! It will just make it sore! ...Read more

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I can feel a small bulge on the top & bottom of my belly button. It is red and swollen and appears to be open more than normal. What can be wrong?

I can feel a small bulge on the top & bottom of my belly button. It is red and swollen and appears to be open more than normal. What can be wrong?

Possible Infection: An umbilical hernia can present as new onset bulging at the top or bottom of the umbilicus, a.k.a. belly button. This may also give it the appearance of being outwardly protruded, if that is what you mean by open. All that said, hernias are not usually red and swollen, unless something is wrong or there is some type of infection present in the area. Suggest having this evaluated in-person. ...Read more

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My stomach around my belly button has a bulge around it im worried as to what it is?

Hernia: Sounds like umbilical hernia. Usually no problems. Rarely can get strangulation. FU with your surgeon for discussion. Avoid heavy weight lifting and straining. ...Read more

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Why would my belly button bulge out on one side and be sore?

Why would my belly button bulge out on one side and be sore?

Umbilical Hernia: Symptoms of an umbilical hernia include a knot or bulge near the umbilicus. The size of the bulge may increase during lifting, laughing, straining, or coughing. Usually, the bulge can be pushed back into the abdomen. Symptoms of a serious umbilical hernia may include hernia pain or swelling, abdominal pain, abdominal swelling, vomiting, constipation, or fever. See your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Left side of my tummy has a bulge like fat. Near the belly button, I am guessing hernia or just fats?

Left side of my tummy has a bulge like fat. Near the belly button, I am guessing hernia or just fats?

Often hernia: Abdominal bulge on one side uncommon for lipoma. Most often one sees a paraumbilical hernia in. This location If one slowly compresses the area a hernia frequently prolapse into the abdomen. Fat does not bulge and has a universal soft feel when palpating it. ...Read more

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Is this something to worry about when I'm having a pulse on my left side and there's a lump or bulge on my left side? Right beside my belly button.

Is this something to worry about when I'm having a pulse on my left side and there's a lump or bulge on my left side? Right beside my belly button.

Possible Aorta: If you are quite slender, it is quite common to feel a tubular mass with a pulse, which is the descending aorta lying just anterior to your vertebrae. If it is enlarging, or you have a extremely flexible joints, it is advised that you be evaluated for an aortic aneurysm. ...Read more

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Can u get a hernia in ur belly button? It doesn't bulge at all, nor hurt really, but kind of goes up & down when I stick my finger in & push. No pain.

Can u get a hernia in ur belly button? It doesn't bulge at all, nor hurt really, but kind of goes up & down when I stick my finger in & push. No pain.

YES, umbilical hernia: Yes! Umbilical hernias are common (there is a natural defect from birth-from the umbilical cord). When you push on the hernia-you are 'reducing it'. When a hernia becomes painful they should be repaired (usually with a gortex patch). Most important: an 'incarcerated hernia' where the hernia remains bulged out with severe pain (due to lack of blood flow to an area or bowel intestine)--emergency! ...Read more

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I consistently get a hard bulge that appears in my upper stomach, about 2-3 inches about my belly button. Its about the size of a tennis ball.?

I consistently get a hard bulge that appears in my upper stomach, about 2-3 inches about my belly button. Its about the size of a tennis ball.?

Hernia: Sounds like a hernia. Best to see your primary care provider for an examination to find out. May or may not need imaging such as ultrasound or ct scan. Timing of examination depends on length of time it has been present, and severity of symptoms. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Bulge in abdomen between sternum & belly button. It only presents when in act of laying down or sitting. Not present otherwise. And not painful.

Bulge in abdomen between sternum & belly button. It only presents when in act of laying down or sitting. Not present otherwise. And not painful.

Hernia: Sounds like a hernia between your rectus a dominos muscles. May be congenital or weakness in your fascia that may be due to weight loss or gain or excessive straining. Should probably get it looked at if it becomes painful or fails to go back down when you lay down or relax. ...Read more

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I have a hernia I get a bulge below belly button that goes away after urinating?

I have a hernia I get a bulge below belly button that goes away after urinating?

Umbilical hernia: Common
can be repaired if symptoms or size,
or bowel gets stuck- incarcerated and tender.
Most are asymptomatic, and only protrude with abdominal pressure- bowel movement, urinating straining etc. ...Read more

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5 weeks after hernia surgery I have very firm baseball size bulge above my belly button. When will this go away?

5 weeks after hernia surgery I have very firm baseball size bulge above my belly button. When will this go away?

Get evaluated: At 5 weeks post surgery you are still inside the 90 day period of your surgeon. Okay to check in with your surgeon about this bulge. An ultrasound is a simple, easy diagnostic test that can reveal the cause. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm 23 and on my lower abdomen, in line with my belly button, I have two veins that bulge out a little on the right side. Should I be worried?

I'm 23 and on my lower abdomen, in line with my belly button, I have two veins that bulge out a little on the right side. Should I be worried?

Bulging veins: Bulging veins in the abdominal wall are unsual unless there is abdominal distension from fluid, enlarged organs or distended intestines. Have your physician examine you for peace of mind. ...Read more

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What causes bladder bulge?? I saw a 15 year old girl in a boat on instagram and I noticed she had a bulge below her belly button. What Causes it?

Many possibilities: It may simply have been a full bladder, but constipation, pregnant uterus, ovarian mass, panniculus (abdominal fat) or weak abdominal muscles are a few possibilties. ...Read more

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My husband had a cramp in stomach 2 weeks ago now his belly button is bulging he has fever and redness around it and is in sever pain.?

See a doctor ASAP: This sounds quite serious and there should be no delay in seeking medical attention. There is no way to tell whether this is coming from within the abdominal cavity or the pain is due to skin or facial plane infection, but in any event this needs immediate evaluation and care. Good luck. ...Read more

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I haven't had a bowel movement in a week. My stomach is bulging near my belly button and there's something hard there is it my intestine like backedup?

I haven't had a bowel movement in a week. My stomach is bulging near my belly button and there's something hard there is it my intestine like backedup?

Lots of reasons.: Try walking and drinking a lot of water and fruit juice. It is not normal to not have a bowel movement for a week unless yours are very infrequent. Rec see dr. ...Read more