Pain Above Belly Button
The majority of the time, when you experience pain above your belly button, it could be due to an issue with your gastrointestinal or intestinal tract, such as the stomach, pancreas, gallbladder, liver, or intestines.
- 1 What causes pain and bloating above belly button?
- 2 How do I know if my upper stomach pain is serious?
- 3 Is gallbladder pain above the belly button?
- 4 Can stress cause pain above belly button?
- 5 Is liver pain above or below belly button?
- 6 Why does my stomach hurt above my belly button when I eat?
- 7 What are red flags for gastritis?
- 8 Why do I feel tightness above my belly button?
The main symptom of pancreatitis is pain felt in the upper left side or middle of the abdomen. The pain: May be worse within minutes after eating or drinking at first, more commonly if foods have a high fat content. Becomes constant and more severe, lasting for several days.
Why is my stomach bloated? – The most common cause of stomach pain and bloating is excess intestinal gas, If you get a bloated stomach after eating, it may be a digestive issue, It might be as simple as eating too much too fast, or you could have a food intolerance or other condition that causes gas and digestive contents to build up.
But why does gastritis pain hurt so bad? – Doctors can’t explain why the pain is excruciatingly intense for some people and mildly nagging for others. The short answer is that people perceive pain at different intensities. Dr. Lee says gastritis pain usually occurs in the mid-upper stomach region, just below the breastbone and above the belly button.
Nagging discomfort.Dull or burning pain.Intense stabbing pain.
The pain quality varies widely. It can come and go in some. In others, it may be constant with waxing and waning intensities — with or without specific triggers (like it may be worse before or after eating). Sometimes, the pain will come and hang around.
Chest pains, shortness of breath, weakness or inability to tolerate any foods or liquids by mouth.High-grade fever.Vomiting or bowel movements with blood.Rapid change or severe escalation of your pain.
How do I know if my upper stomach pain is serious?
When to Call Your Doctor – If the pain in your upper abdomen is severe, hurts more when you breathe, lasts for longer than a few days, or is accompanied by other symptoms such as shortness of breath or confusion, you should seek medical care right away.
This is an automatically translated article. The article is professionally consulted by Master. BSCK II Phan Thi Minh Huong – Gastroenterologist – Department of Medical Examination & Internal Medicine – Vinmec Da Nang International General Hospital. There are many causes of abdominal pain above the navel and stomach pain is the most common cause in children and adults.
Symptoms of gallstones – Most cases of gallstones don’t cause any symptoms. But if a gallstone becomes trapped in a duct (tube connecting to the gallbladder) or irritates the inside of the gallbladder it can cause a sudden severe abdominal (tummy) pain, The pain can be felt:
in the midline of your abdomen (tummy), above the umbilicus (belly button)just under the ribs on your right-hand side – it may spread from here to your side or shoulder blade
The pain is sometimes triggered by eating fatty foods, but may occur at any time of day and it may wake you up during the night. Some people with gallstones can also develop complications, such as inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis), which can cause:
persistent pain jaundice (a term used to describe the yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes. It’s caused by a build-up of a substance called bilirubin in the blood and body’s tissues)a fever
Find out more about the symptoms of gallstones on the NHS website
Can stress or anxiety cause stomach pain? – Absolutely. Stress and anxiety are common causes of stomach pain and other GI symptoms.
What is Pancreatitis? – The pancreas is a long, thin organ located behind the stomach, in the upper left side of the abdomen. It produces enzymes to aid in digestion. If the pancreas becomes inflamed, the condition is known as pancreatitis.
What does pancreatitis pain feel like?
Symptoms of acute pancreatitis – The main symptom of acute pancreatitis is a severe, dull pain around the top of your stomach that develops suddenly. This aching pain often gets steadily worse and can travel along your back or below your left shoulder blade.
What causes liver pain or upper abdominal pain? – Upper abdominal pain, which people may describe as “liver pain” can have many causes, and identifying the underlying reason is the first step toward finding the right treatment.
Liver disease, One common cause of upper abdominal or liver pain is liver disease, like hepatitis or cirrhosis, which can result in inflammation and damage to the liver. Infection, Another cause of upper abdominal or liver pain may be an infection, such as mono or a parasite. Cancer, In some cases, liver pain can be a symptom of cancer in either the liver or abdominal organs like the pancreas that has spread to the liver. Gallstones and pancreatitis, Harden deposits of bile called gallstones can obstruct the bile ducts and cause liver pain. Likewise, pancreatitis, which can cause inflammation and swelling in the pancreas, may also extend to the liver. Muscle strain, A muscle strain in the abdominal area can cause liver pain, as the liver is located right beneath the rib cage on the upper right side of the body.
Seek medical attention at your local CityMD urgent care if you are experiencing any discomfort or pain in the area near your liver. The underlying cause may require treatment to prevent further damage or complications.
What are the most common causes of upper abdominal pain? – Some of the most common causes include:
Indigestion, Epigastric pain after eating is one of the defining features of indigestion, particularly with a burning quality. That quality is usually related to stomach acid during digestion. It may be accompanied by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and heartburn, Abdominal muscle strain, A pulled stomach muscle is a common injury. You can get it from lifting, from sports or exercise or even from coughing. An upper abdominal muscle strain is a common cause of upper abdominal pain. Muscle pain tends to have an achy quality. Peptic ulcer disease, Erosion by stomach acid or by a common bacterial infection can cause ulcers (sores) in your stomach and duodenum. A stomach ulcer typically causes a burning, gnawing and penetrating type of stomach pain. Hernias, A hernia happens when one of your internal organs or tissues pushes through an opening in the muscle wall that usually contains it. A hernia may cause pain when it gets stuck or pinched poking through the opening. Most hernias are abdominal. Gallstones, A gallstone that’s gotten stuck somewhere in your biliary tract is a common cause of gallbladder pain and inflammation, and also pancreas inflammation ( gallstone pancreatitis ). It causes biliary colic — intense abdominal pain that rises to a peak and then slowly subsides. It occurs in episodes, often after eating. Upper abdominal pain in pregnancy is common as the fetus grows and begins pushing against your upper abdominal organs. It’s also common to have growing pains from stretching muscles, ligaments and tissues. Persistent, severe or sharp pain may be a warning of pregnancy complications,
Other possible causes include:
Liver disease, Pain in your liver is usually from inflammation (hepatitis), which has many causes, both chronic and acute. Acute causes, such as toxic or alcohol-induced hepatitis and viral hepatitis infection are more likely to cause pain. Liver cancer is a less common cause. Pancreas diseases, Pancreatitis has several causes besides gallstones. More rarely, pancreatic cancer can cause pain in your pancreas. You might feel pancreas pain in your back or in the middle or upper left side of your abdomen. Stomach diseases. A passing stomach bug or viral infection may cause temporary inflammation in your stomach and sometimes in your intestines ( gastroenteritis ). Other conditions can cause longer-lasting inflammation and pain in your stomach. Autoimmune disease, bile reflux and stomach cancer are some of these less-common causes. Intestinal obstructions, An obstruction in your colon or in your small intestine where they pass through your upper abdominal region may cause pain there. Backed-up food and gas may cause bloating and swelling that presses against other organs, making the pain feel more widespread. Enlarged spleen, A swollen spleen may be the cause of upper left abdominal pain. Infections and liver disease are common causes. If you’ve been injured near your spleen, beware that it may rupture and bleed. A ruptured spleen can cause dangerous internal bleeding and is a life-threatening medical emergency, Upper urinary tract and kidney diseases. An infection in your kidneys or in your ureters where they connect to your kidneys will cause inflammation and pain there. So would a kidney stone. Pain in your kidney region might begin in your back and spread to the front. Peritonitis, Inflammation in your peritoneum may cause diffuse pain throughout your abdomen. It’s usually caused by a bacterial infection, but can also be caused by a loss of blood flow to the tissues ( mesenteric ischemia ). Heart and lung conditions, Less commonly, a condition in your chest affecting your heart or lungs may refer pain to your upper abdomen. This might include a pulmonary embolism, chest infection, heart attack or pericarditis,
What are red flags for gastritis?
When to see a doctor about gastritis-related symptoms – Stomach irritation or inflammation and indigestion affects nearly everyone at some point in their lifetime. In most cases, mild indigestion symptoms are short-lived and don’t require medical care or intervention.
Stomach discomfort that occurs after taking over-the-counter or prescription medications Vomiting of blood The presence of blood in stools (faeces) Stools that appear black and tarry,
If you are concerned about anything you are experiencing or have any of the above red flag symptoms, it is recommended that you seek medical advice and / or assistance from your general healthcare provider (GP). You can prepare for your appointment by ensuring in advance that you avoid any potential dietary (foods that are spicy, fried, acidic or fatty as well as alcohol) or medicinal triggers.
Can gastritis go away by itself?
When should I see my doctor? – You should see your doctor if you have symptoms that are:
not getting better severe getting worse
Go to your nearest hospital emergency department or call triple zero (000) for an ambulance if you have:
vomit that contains blood or a black, tarry substance (dried blood) blood in your stool (poo), or a black stool
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What happens if you ignore gastritis?
Gut Feelings About Gastritis When Your Stomach’s Sick Your stomach lining has an important job. It makes acid and enzymes A type of protein that does work around the cell. that help break down food so you can extract the nutrients you need. The lining also protects itself from acid damage by secreting mucus.
- But sometimes the lining gets inflamed and starts making less acid, enzymes and mucus.
- This type of inflammation Swelling and redness caused by the body’s protective response to injury or infection.
- Is called gastritis, and it can cause long-term problems.
- Some people think they have gastritis when they have pain or an uncomfortable feeling in their upper stomach.
But many other conditions can cause these symptoms. Gastritis can sometimes lead to pain, nausea and vomiting. But it often has no symptoms at all. If left untreated, though, some types of gastritis can lead to ulcers (sores in the stomach lining) or even stomach cancer.
People used to think gastritis and ulcers were caused by stress and spicy foods. But research studies show that bacteria called Helicobacter pylori are often to blame. Usually, these bacteria cause no symptoms. In the United States, 20% to 50% of the population may be infected with H. pylori.H. pylori breaks down the inner protective coating in some people’s stomachs and causes inflammation.
“I tell people H. pylori is like having termites in your stomach,” says Dr. David Graham, an expert in digestive diseases at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. “You usually don’t know you have termites until someone tells you, and you ignore it at your own risk.” H.
- Pylori can spread by passing from person to person or through contaminated food or water.
- Infections can be treated with bacteria-killing drugs called antibiotics.
- One type of gastritis, called erosive gastritis, wears away the stomach lining.
- The most common cause of erosive gastritis is long-term use of medications called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
These include aspirin and ibuprofen. “When you stop taking the drugs, the condition usually goes away,” says Graham. Doctors might also recommend reducing the dose or switching to another class of pain medication. Less common causes of gastritis include certain digestive disorders (such as Crohn’s disease) and autoimmune disorders, in which the body’s protective immune cells mistakenly attack healthy cells in the stomach lining.
- Gastritis can be diagnosed with an endoscope, a thin tube with a tiny camera on the end, which is inserted through the patient’s mouth or nose and into the stomach.
- The doctor will look at the stomach lining and may also remove some tissue samples for testing.
- Treatment will depend on the type of gastritis you have.
Although stress and spicy foods don’t cause gastritis and ulcers, they can make symptoms worse. Milk might provide brief relief, but it also increases stomach acid, which can worsen symptoms. Your doctor may recommend taking antacids or other drugs to reduce acid in the stomach.
What are red flags for upper abdominal pain?
Vomiting – If the pain in your abdominal region is dull and persistent or sudden and severe and is also accompanied by vomiting, that’s another major red flag. The combination of abdominal pain and vomiting – especially if the vomiting is intense and lasts for a prolonged period of time – could be a sign of a major complication.
Small intestine disorder – Small intestine disorders, such as Crohn’s disease, can cause intense pain in and around the bellybutton. These types of conditions are chronic and can be painful. However, they are treatable. Bellybutton pain has more than one possible cause. The following symptoms with bellybutton pain may require immediate medical attention and should not be ignored:
pain with a feversevere pain that affects and prevents daily activitypain that causes waking at night or stops someone in their trackspain accompanied by severe vomitingpain with bloody stoolspain resulting from an injury
Bellybutton pain is not serious most of the time. However, it can be in some cases. Determining the cause of abdominal pain can help a person manage it with appropriate treatments. Anyone experiencing painful or unusual bellybutton pain should bring it to their doctor’s attention.
- There are many reasons a person can experience bellybutton pain.
- Some causes can be minor, including indigestion, constipation, and pregnancy.
- Others may be more serious, such as gallstones, appendicitis, or pancreatitis.
- Bellybutton pain can range in severity from mild to sharp.
- A person may feel it near the bellybutton, the upper or lower abdominal area, and possibly beyond, depending on the underlying cause of the pain.
Anyone experiencing bellybutton pain should talk with their doctor to determine whether the cause is serious. Treatment depends on the underlying cause.
Who is at risk for getting an abdominal muscle strain (pulled stomach muscle)? – Anyone can pull a stomach muscle, but certain activities increase your risk. People who play sports like football and tennis that require a lot of reaching and side-to-side trunk movements are more likely to develop this problem.
What causes stomach or abdominal tightness? – Common causes include gas, overeating, indigestion, IBS, and pregnancy. Fluid retention can lead to bloating in people with PMS or ascites, which occurs with liver disease and other chronic health issues.
Introduction – The Rectus Abdominis makes up the top layer of your abdominal muscles, commonly referred to as your “six-pack.” It is two flat and parallel muscles separated by linea alba (a connective tissue). It acts to flex the spinal column, tense the anterior wall of the abdomen and assist in compressing the contents of the abdomen.
The Rectus Sheath is a multilayered aponeurosis, being a durable, resilient, fibrous compartment that contains both the rectus abdominis muscle and the pyramidalis muscle,