Is your actual belly button paining, or the area surrounding it? 13 potential causes of mid-stomach pain include:
- Bloating or distention – a common and minor cause of belly button pain may include overeating which can lead to some pretty noteworthy bloating and discomfort in the mid-stomach.
- Urinary tract infection (UTI) – Along with burning and painful urination, UTIs can also cause belly button pain that feels like a string of pain from the navel to the pubic region. UTIs can be minor, but they can also be very serious if left untreated.
- Trapped gas – another common and minor cause of belly button pain is trapped gas. This can be an extremely painful experience even though it is not a serious one.
- Pregnancy – often pregnant women will experience navel pain or tenderness as the stomach expands and everything shifts and grows. Normally this is minor and harmless, but sometimes if the pain is very bad or persistent, it may be a sign of fetus distress and should be checked on.
- Ulcer – While some ulcers exist without many symptoms, the most common sign of peptic ulcers is an intermittent pain (just above the belly button).
- Hernia – this happens when some fat or part of your bowel squeezes through a weak spot in the abdominal wall, causing a bulge, accompanied by pain and pressure in the area.
- Appendicitis – can be a life threatening condition if left unattended. Pain normally begins around the belly button, migrating down to the lower right quadrant and intensifies. Pancreatitis – similarly to appendicitis, pancreatitis pain begins around the belly button and radiates to the left, becoming quite severe. Seek medical attention for severe stomach pain.
- Kidney or gall stones – both kidney and gall stones can cause pain attacks that can radiate around the middle stomach. If you have recurrent, intermittent bouts of severe pain you should seek medical attention to rule out stones.
- Gastritis – a stomach infection is another more common cause of mid-stomach pain, if you are experiencing sweating, fever as well as stomach pain you should see a doctor.
- Bowel obstruction – a bowel obstruction can occur in different parts of the intestinal tract, causing pain and discomfort. Other symptoms include fever, vomiting and the inability to pass gas or defecate.
- Chronic intestinal disorder – another common and potentially serious cause of middle-stomach discomfort would be chronic intestinal disorders such as diverticulosis, Crohn’s disease, colitis, or irritable bowel syndrome. If you commonly get pain in your stomach and other acute problems have been ruled out, you and your doctor should look into intestinal disorders.
- Abdominal aneurysm – can cause a pulsating sensation around the navel as well as abdominal pain to the side of the abdomen as well as back pain.
- Bladder cancer – can cause pain around the belly button that may extend down to the groin, blood in the urine or problems urinating. If you experience any of these symptoms persistently, you should ask your doctor about screening for bladder problems to rule out bladder cancer.
Don’t panic if you’ve experienced some of the above symptoms, as more often than not the issue will may be minor, but it is important to have any persistent or intense stomach pain or discomfort checked out to rule out more serious conditions. Thanks for visiting EMC