Belly button might not get much of our attention unlike other parts of our body
We might clean our ears or back of our neck (or even pay more priority to our armpits!), but this little button in our belly stays neglected. We occasionally clean any lint being trapped there and forget about it.
But, until we feel a pain in our belly buttons, everything is probably okay. Pain in belly button may come and go, they may be mild sometimes or persist for a longer time, but it can be a sign that there is something wrong going inside your body.
Here are some of the crucial reasons for belly button pain.
This common disorder can be the reason for the pain in your belly button. Indigestion is usually triggered by consumption of foods containing high amounts of fats like deep-fried or spicy foods. These fats take longer to get digested and sit in the stomach for long. Antacids can help you feel better, but avoiding oily foods, not doing vigorous activities just after having food, can help you more. Consult your doctor for knowing the root of the problem.
- GALL BLADDER STONES
The gallbladder is the organ that stores bile from the liver. However, deposition of cholesterol may lead to the formation of tiny, hard gallstones. Overweight women are more prone to this disorder. The passage of stones or the blockage of ducts may give you intense pain around the belly button which may last for hours. Consult your doctor as soon as possible if the pain persists or if you have a high fever with yellow tinted skin. Medications or surgery might help you get rid of gallstones.
- CROHN’S DISEASE
It is an inflammatory disease of bowel caused due to a defective immune system or due to heredity. It affects the intestine or colon and gives severe pain behind your belly button. The pain might be mild or sharp and warrants the need to call your doctor. CT scan or MRI can diagnose it. Your doctor may put you under medications or feed you intravenously.
- UMBILICAL HERNIA
The umbilical cord feeds you when you are in your mother’s womb and it is cut and tied after you are born and the muscles gradually heal. But, in some cases the abdominal muscles don’t heal/close the way they should which leads to the formation of a large bulge in the belly button (Umbilical hernia). They usually don’t harm much and once can live with that. But sometimes the intestinal tissues get pushed to here are become blood-deprived, the condition being called umbilical strangulation. They might cause fatal complications if not removed surgically.
Appendicitis is an infection of an appendix, a tiny organ at the junction of small and large intestine. The cause of appendicitis is not precisely known and it tends to be hereditary. The initial symptom of appendicitis is pain in the middle abdomen and the belly button pain during deep breathing. These may also be accompanied by fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea. This condition needs urgent medical attention because the rupture of the appendix may lead to life-threatening complications. It can be diagnosed by ultrasound and it can be removed by surgery.
So if you have pain in or near the belly button, don’t neglect it be some digestion problem as the reason might be something else. Book an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible to diagnose the disease/disorder properly and treat it before it leads you to hell.