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Pain in the stomach near belly button. Pain during bowel movements and urination. What is wrong?

I have pains in my stomach right around my belly button and on the sides. It ferls light sharp shooing pains. I keep belching and it hurts when I move. I have had a bowel movement but my stomach hurts when I go also when I urinate. It hurts when I eat as well. This is the second time this has happened to me. Last time it lasted a week and I went to the ER and after a scan they found nothing wrong.
Asked On : Fri, 5 Apr 2013
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Hi, thanks for asking in Healthcare Magic.

Many conditions can result in pain around umbilicus (belly button). The possible causes are
1. Irritable bowel syndrome.
2. Appendicitis.
3. Gaseous distension.
4. Inflammatory bowel disease.
5. Gastric ulcer.

You are probably suffering from pain due to gaseous distension without any organic (intestinal) obstruction. It results in sharp colicky pain aggravated by any movement. It can occur due to eating food like meat, cluster beans, dairy products etc., Stretching of the intestine due to gas will increase the pain due to increased intestinal movements, Most people try to relieve pain by belching. Minimal gas may not be prominent in scan as the intestines normally have gas shadows. Only gas accumulation due to obstruction will be prominent in scan pictures.

Simethicone, an inert anti foaming agent can relieve the symptoms. But, if the symptoms persist or if it impairs the ability to perform normal activities then you should consult your treating Doctor.

I hope this is useful to you.
Answered: Fri, 5 Apr 2013
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