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What causes severe pain in the navel area indicate?

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Posted on Mon, 23 Jan 2017
Question: Female, age 56. Not on any medications having intense pains coming and going just above belly button and just below bottom of typical bra line. Area of pain is about a hand span. Sometimes goes into middle back. Had for about 8 hrs. Finally able to have bowel movement with help of Mylanta. Stool was black, unformed but not runny. Waves of nausea. Feel like want to throw up but haven't. Lots of belching. Never had this type of pain before. Doesn't fill like a regular upset stomach b/c of overeatting .
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Answered by Dr. Shuba Hariprasad (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
To rule out gastrointestinal ulcers & cholecystitis

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thank you for your query.
I'm Dr. Shuba Hariprasad and will be answering your query today.

Based on your symptoms I would like to rule out gastritis (ulcers as well) and cholecystitis (gall bladder inflammation)

Would you clarify a few things for me, please?
*do you have any fever? Any vomiting?
*do your stools smell different? If so, how would you describe it?
*do you have any headaches, throat pain, giddiness?
*do you have any other medical issues or take any medications? Including supplements?
*any surgeries in the past?

I recommend :
- a physician consult
-an ultrasound abdomen
-blood tests (complete blood count, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, c-reactive protein, liver & kidney function tests, )
-urine analysis
-stool analysis
A CT scan of the abdomen or an endoscopy may be required based on the clinical findings.

Black stool may signify old blood on stools.
As the pain is unusual, lasted this long and is associated with black stools, I urge you to seek medical attention right away.

In the meantime,
# have a liquid bland diet
# stay well hydrated
# keep an eye out for the following warning signs:
-high temperature (more than 100.4 farenheit)
-continuous vimit
-severe abdominal pain
-blood in stools or vomitus
-reduced urine output

Hope this helps. Please get back to me with the above requested clarifications and let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.
Wish you good health
Regards,
Dr. Shuba Hariprasad
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What causes severe pain in the navel area indicate?

Brief Answer: To rule out gastrointestinal ulcers & cholecystitis Detailed Answer: Hello, Thank you for your query. I'm Dr. Shuba Hariprasad and will be answering your query today. Based on your symptoms I would like to rule out gastritis (ulcers as well) and cholecystitis (gall bladder inflammation) Would you clarify a few things for me, please? *do you have any fever? Any vomiting? *do your stools smell different? If so, how would you describe it? *do you have any headaches, throat pain, giddiness? *do you have any other medical issues or take any medications? Including supplements? *any surgeries in the past? I recommend : - a physician consult -an ultrasound abdomen -blood tests (complete blood count, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, c-reactive protein, liver & kidney function tests, ) -urine analysis -stool analysis A CT scan of the abdomen or an endoscopy may be required based on the clinical findings. Black stool may signify old blood on stools. As the pain is unusual, lasted this long and is associated with black stools, I urge you to seek medical attention right away. In the meantime, # have a liquid bland diet # stay well hydrated # keep an eye out for the following warning signs: -high temperature (more than 100.4 farenheit) -continuous vimit -severe abdominal pain -blood in stools or vomitus -reduced urine output Hope this helps. Please get back to me with the above requested clarifications and let me know if there is anything else I can help you with. Wish you good health Regards, Dr. Shuba Hariprasad