These are the symptoms of a paraumbilical hernia
. This is a small protrusion of tissue through a weakness in the muscles and ligaments of the abdominal wall near the belly button. It can cause pain and discomfort when the tissues become trapped and you may be able to feel a small lump. The hernia is unlikely to have disappeared but if it is very small and there was no tissue trapped in it when your doctor examined you, then it may be difficult to feel.
The most common treatment for painful hernias
is surgery. It involves a minor operation to repair the hole in the muscles and this will cure the problem.
Dr K A Pottinger,