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Starting about 4" below my belly button I've noticed my stomach looks bigger/bloated. What are possible causes?

Starting about 4" below my belly button I've noticed my stomach looks bigger/bloated. What are possible causes?

Water retention: The number one reason in females is cyclic water retention related to your menstrual cycle. The #2 reason is that very bad word, f-a-t. ...Read more

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My skin tender n red around belly button,but belly button is fine?

My skin tender n red around belly button,but belly button is fine?

Irritation/infection: The redness signifies either irritation or infection. The former could be from allergy to clothing. If the area is itchy try applying a cortisone type ointment. If the reddened area burns or feels warm,apply antibacterial ointment like neosporin. If redness spreads, see your physician as oral antibiotics may be needed. ...Read more

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Very distended belly, area around belly button is hard and lumpy and i've been having irregular bowel movements (not constipation). Any insight?

Very distended belly, area around belly button is hard  and lumpy and i've been having irregular bowel movements (not constipation). Any insight?

IBS: Possibly irritable bowel syndrome with constipation predominant symptoms. Please work with your physician to optimize bowel movements and rule out other possibilities. Use MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) once or twice until your regularize with your bowel movements. ...Read more

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Hard belly sticking out(pot belly).Iv always had a belly like that.Its hard&sticks out when standing&flat laying. Visceral fat or weak muscles?

Hard belly sticking out(pot belly).Iv always had a belly like that.Its hard&sticks out when standing&flat laying. Visceral fat or weak muscles?

Belly fat?: Good question. The answer probably depends on your weight, specifically your bmi. The bmi is a calculation based on your weight and height and it its greater than 25 you are considered overweight and your protuberant abdomen is more likely belly fat. If your bmi is less than 25 then the problem may be weak abdominal muscles. Good luck! ...Read more

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5 months I have experienced abdominal bloating, 'hard' central abdomen (5cm radius around belly button), very painful to touch, oily stools and gas?

5 months I have experienced abdominal bloating, 'hard' central abdomen (5cm radius around belly button), very painful to touch, oily stools and gas?

Malabsorption: oily stools indicate you are not absorbing all your fats. And the gas could mean youre not absorbing sugars. You need an evaluation by your healthcare professional to get to the cause of this condition- Best of health to you ...Read more

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Itchy belly button sign of pregnancy?

Itchy belly button sign of pregnancy?

Not at all : That is not a symptom of pregnancy. Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctors office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. ...Read more

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Horrible c sec belly button down can't lose belly fat... What can be done?

Horrible c sec belly button down can't lose belly fat... What can be done?

Diet and exercise: Only treatment that works is diet and exercise. Eat less then you burn off. 3500 calories to the pound. Will reduce your risk of diabetes, high bp, heart disease, cholesterol, infertility, etc. ...Read more

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Feels like a bruise under my belly right side of belly button, is this early pregnancy?

Feels like a bruise under my belly right side of belly button, is this early pregnancy?

Pregnancy: You would have to be 20 weeks along for this size and it would be remarkable at age 48 to be pregnant. ...Read more

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Upper abdominal hardening but I'm not pregnant?

Upper abdominal hardening but I'm not pregnant?

Vague symptoms: and without any further information unable to provide much help. Best to see your primary care physician for evaluation to get the whole story. ...Read more

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Why is there a faint heartbeat around your belly button area?

Why is there a faint heartbeat around your belly button area?

aorta: Just underneath the umbilicus, the largest artery in the body, the aorta, branches into the common iliac arteries which lead to each leg. That's why you can feel a pulse there, especially if you're on the thin side. Good question. Good luck. ...Read more

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My belly is tad overweight but when i push down i feel "squishy like lumps" under skin is this belly fat or concerning? I've had ct's before and normal

My belly is tad overweight but when i push down i feel "squishy like lumps" under skin is this belly fat or concerning? I've had ct's before and normal

Probably ok but: It sounds like it may be benign fatty tumors. Although just to be safe may want to get checked out by your physician. ...Read more

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Should I be worried if some smelly fluid is coming out of my belly?

Should I be worried if some smelly fluid is coming out of my belly?

Belly-smelly: Depends on exactly what part of your belly is emitting the smelly fluid, and what the fluid looks like. Please give more details. ...Read more

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I have a itching sensation on the right side of my abdomen inside, should i be worried?

I  have a itching  sensation on the right side of my abdomen inside, should i be worried?

Interabdominal itch: Itching is a form of pain.If it lasts only an hour or so I would not be too concerned.If it lasts several days would follow up with MD. In certain conditions like liver or kidney disease may get itching,also with medications/vitamins like naicin. Discuss with MD/ urgent care. ...Read more

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I have about 3 small lumps on my abdomen what are they and should I be worried? I'm a 25 year old man .

I have about 3 small lumps on my abdomen  what are they and should I be worried? I'm a 25 year old man .

Lipoma vs hernia: If the lumps are relatively small and nontender and on top of muscle layer may be lipomas (benign fatty tumors). If made worse when you squeeze your abdomen could be hernias. Hernias would change in size and generally softer than lipomas. ...Read more

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I have a pain in my lower left side of abdomen it comes and goes I am currently 27 weeks. Should i be worried?

I have a pain in my lower left side of abdomen it comes and goes I am currently 27 weeks. Should i be worried?

Yes see your ob MD: Yes you shoould get it checked, it may be due to urinary tract infection, renal or ureteric stone etc and needs to be treated. ...Read more

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I have a pain in my lower left side of abdomen. It comes and goes. I am currently 27 weeks. Should i be worried?

I have a pain in my lower left side of abdomen. It comes and goes. I am currently 27 weeks. Should i be worried?

Noy much: Take 4 tablets of dulcolax ( all 4 as one dose ) at night. Next morning you will a good bm and this will clean your system. Then take one tablet of senokot (senna) every night for one month. ...Read more

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I just noticed today while i was bloated that one side of my abdomen is more bloated than the other, should I be worried?

I just noticed today while i was bloated that one side of my abdomen is more bloated than the other, should I be worried?

Maybe?: It is not uncommon to be more bloated on one side of the abdomen compared to the other; however, it is not possible to advise you without a medical history and physical examination. If it is reproducible, get checked by your doctor. ...Read more

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My bellys feeling hard and im starting to get worried. What could this be?

My bellys feeling hard and im starting to get worried. What could this be?

Hard abdomen: Hard, board like rigid abdomen is an emergency. It is caused by bacterial infection to abdominal wall. It may be due to intestinal, appendices , gall bladder perforation or peritonitis. In your case may be abortion, if it is done very recently. Please go to hospital right away and get ct scan of abdomen and pelvis & antibiotics. Er should handle from there. Thanks. ...Read more

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I am experiencing sharp pains on the right side of my abdomen that comes in waves. should I be worried?

I am experiencing sharp pains on the right side of my abdomen that comes in waves. should I be worried?

E.R. checks appendix: Lower right abdominal discomfort can be from many things. For pain there, appendicitis is always a concern (pain usually worsens over time, with fever coming on). If one is constipated for several days, stool can back up all the way to the right side, and cause discomfort or pain. Gallstones and kidney stones can also cause pain. In such cases, a primary care doctor or an ER doctor can evaluate. ...Read more

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Should i be worried if my son's belly button is half in and half out?

Should i be worried if my son's belly button is half in and half out?

No: An "outie"is strictly a cosmetic problem.Usually resolves by 2 years of age.If not , and it is bothersome, it is correctable by a surgery.This is not mandatory for the problem. ...Read more

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Should i be worried about this small pain on the right side of my belly button?

Depends: Most common cause of pain in that locale would be a umbilical hernia. If pain is worse with exertion or if you have an outie or if you can feel a lump at the site of pain. ...Read more

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There is a small, round, light green/blue, hard bump under my skin about 3mm in diameter on my abdomen. Should i be worried?

There is a small, round, light green/blue, hard bump under my skin about 3mm in diameter on my abdomen. Should i be worried?

Blue Bumps: There are a number skin conditions that cause lumps and bumps to appear on the surface or just below the skin. Some of the most common ones include the following: skin cysts cherry angioma dermatofibromas epidermoid cysts folliculitis keratosis pilaris lipomas neurofibromas venous lake. ...Read more

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My 10 year old has had a distanced belly since he was a baby. Always told it was baby fat but he is 10. He is otherwise healthy, should I be worried?

My 10 year old has had a distanced belly since he was a baby. Always told it was baby fat but he is 10. He is otherwise healthy, should I be worried?

Growth Chart: It would be good to know his growth points and plot them on a chart for comparison. It is certainly unlikely that there is some kind of mass persisting this long. I suggest a physical exam and evaluation to address your concerns. On exam we size the liver, evaluate for other large organs, and rule out any other kind of palpable masses. If it's just " chub" we will see that reflected in growth. ...Read more

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I am having constant pain in my upper abdomen. Should I be worried?

I am having constant pain in my upper abdomen. Should I be worried?

Upper abdomen : You should have a ultrasound performed to see if everything is okay. ...Read more

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I'm putting on belly fat from stress, is this something to be worried about?

I'm putting on belly fat from stress, is this something to be worried about?

Stress weight gain: Weight gain is from calories, not stress. But if you are stressed you may not be exercising and eating right. Count your calories, i bet you are eating more than you think. ...Read more

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Should I be worried if there is clear fluid leaking from my abdomen but no wound?

Yes: If the leakage is spontaneous and not related to trauma or surgery then it may be a sign of a patent urachus. This can be addressed easily with surgery. An abdominal ultrasound and voiding cystogram will help to confirm diagnosis. This goes also for infants and children. ...Read more

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What can I do if my belly is getting fat, am very worried about it. What sports shall i do?

What can I do if my belly is getting fat, am very worried about it. What sports shall i do?

What to do.: You will need to lose weight in general & a certain proportion of that will be abdominal fat. This can be done by eating healthfully, being physically active and making sure that calories burned exceed calories consumed.However you can improve your appearance by toning your abs. To tighten your abdominal muscles consider doing crunches, reverse crunches, exercise ball crunches, pelvic thrusts, . ...Read more

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I had an mri and want to know what a white area in abdomen can be. Dr visit in 2 weeks.worried?

I had an mri and want to know what a white area in abdomen can be. Dr visit in 2 weeks.worried?

Save your worry: I am a radiologist. Here is the way it's supposed to work: First when your doc writes for the MRI he tells you why he wants it. You get the study. Let's say you get the report/images before you go back to your doc and you are confused. Best is to make a list of questions for when you go back to see your doc. He/she explains it all and you both go from there. Other than that, "fa getta bout it". ...Read more