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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