Terrible pain in the center under belly button

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lfox
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   Posted 11/2/2008 7:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been suffering from occasional bouts of moderate to extreme pain in the belly button area.  The first ER visit said I had pulled a muscle, so my primary care Dr. did nothing.  A few months later, the pain was so bad she sent me for a CT scan.  They saw Diverticulosis, (not itis) which I know is very common.  The GI Dr. did a colonoscopy.  Negative.  Another bout, this one has been the worst, sent me crying to my primary care who looked at me like I was crazy or in search of pain meds, which do not help me at all, by the way. (I'm still ticked about that, since I'm in the medical field myself).  She drew blood, put me on Cipro and Flagyl and sent me back to the GI.  I had an elevated white count.  2 days later when I was able to "get an appointment" with the GI Dr., my white count was back to normal and I was feeling pretty good.   Another CT scan was the same.
 
I've continued to have the pains, switching Dr's, and met a GI who said he really needed to listen to my bowel sounds when I'm having an episode.  He said the ER wouldn't help and further testing wouldn't be necessary for now.  I felt like I was getting somewhere.  Well, my latest episode was early am Thursday.  The pain woke me up.  It starts out very "naggy" in the center of my abdomen.  My bowels were very pale for 2 days prior.  Usually I get constipated with the pain.  I called my Dr and "He's out of town".  Can't tell you how upset I was.  No, I didn't want to start over with another Dr.  They average a 6 week wait.
 
That's when I decided to scour the internet.  I hadn't thought "gallbladder" until yesterday when I saw a post stating "pork" always triggers this persons bouts.  I knew gallbladder and fat don't mix.  I thought back and realized I ate SO MUCH FAT last week, which is not my usual diet.  Popeyes, McDonalds, Vietnamese pork.  Good Lord.  I've never had the pain go up my right back to my shoulder, though.
 
Do you knowlegable folks think it sounds like gallbladder?  Do you think I need to call the GI Dr. and suggest it?  I was told not to lead the Dr's in one direction, but at this point, nothing is being done and the only time they see me is when I'm happy and painless.  Would love any feedback.  Thanks.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 11/2/2008 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Who said not to lead the Doctor?There isn't anything wrong with asking if it could be that. At this point nothing should be ruled out unless you have been fully tested. Sometimes Doctor try to fit us into a box with symptoms and I have learned the hard way that it doesn't work that way. The first thing I tell a Doctor about me when I see them is to "look outside the box" as I have never had anything that was textbook and I think many people don't.

redee2moov
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   Posted 11/9/2008 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
The next time you experience this, try some of the following for immediate short term relief (of course don't avoid the ER when thats the appropriate move)

Lie in a tub of warm water (the warmer the better) that covers the abdomin.

Drink 8-10 oz of ginger tea (one table spoon of fresh grated ginger root microwave for 2 min in the glass of water, or steep in a pan if you can wait long enough) and a 1/4 tsp of nutmeg for extra help in calming the spasm.

Lie down on a comfortable floor, head slightly raised with feet on a chair (knees at a 90 degree angle). Begin deep, gentle breathing check to abdomin, in the nose and out the nose, place your hand on your abdomin, but focus your mind on your breathing, not the pain. If you have been constipated, and are experiencing gas moving through, slighty massaging the abdomin at this time may help to move things gently, releasing the trapped gas.

At different times, I have used one or a combination of all of these techniques successfully. I am no doctor, but I am very experienced in abdominal pain, my own.

Mine was (did I mention I have been healed?) typically and acute pain associated with a major intestinal contraction, or the difficult movement of gas when I am constipated. Sometimes it preclude the sudden and drastic shift from constipation to diarhea, which is almost always food triggered. That being at least in part due to the emptying of the gall bladder when certain foods enter the stomach. But the pain below the belly button, I do not believe would be the gallbladder itself.

After the episode, consider all you experienced in the last day or two to determine possible triggers; food, weather, physical activity, stress.

In all likelyhood you do have something that needs a more indepth healing process, but this may get you started in the right direction.

The pain up your back does make me wonder about something other than bowel activity. I have experienced kidney stones and that is a whole different ball game, but my pain initiated from my side and lower back to eminate throughout my entire body. So I am adding this as a disclaimer, self-diagnosis is a risky approach. Unfortunately many doctors through their limitations, make it a necessity at times.

Good luck.

Oregon Mom
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   Posted 11/9/2008 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I had extreme pain in my belly button area last year for quite awhile.  I ignored it, chalking it up to a pulled muscle.  I ended up in emergency surgery for a hernia.  If the rip is big enough, your intestines can get blocked by poking through the rip, causing a portion to not have any circulation - that's where the pain came from.  When this happened, it hurt to even brush against the area.  It's a long shot, but you might check for this as well.

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Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 11/10/2008 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I had abdominal hernia surgery two years ago….Had a small bulge right above the belly button.

When your “episodes” of extreme pain happen, is your belly area VERY sensitive to the touch? If so, then as Oregon Mom mentioned, you should have that checked out.
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Do Be Healthy
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   Posted 6/28/2014 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
From what your symptoms are, it sounds like pancreatitis.
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