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Question: sharp pain to the left of belly button

 freddil - Sun Sep 09, 2007 8:56 pm

I am a 49 yr old female and do not take any meds. Surgeries include multiple d and c's and a c-section.

For many years now, off and on, i have had pain just to the left of my navel. Sometimes it is accompanied by passing gas, other times no gas at all. What is this??? It can be very painful at times. If I should see a dr., what kind of dr. should I see? thanks!
 Debbie Miller, RN - Wed Oct 03, 2007 6:40 pm

User avatar This could be some kind of bowel irritability (possibly IBS) or bowel obstruction or twisting. There are lots of organs in the abdomen so it can be very difficult to pinpoint the origination place. We are talking possible problems with gallbladder, ovary, intestine, adhesions, constipation, peritoneal infection, kidney disease..... you get the idea. So it will require a doctor visit. I would suggest an internal medicine doctor if you are looking for a specialist. You could also opt for a gastroenterologist or you can start with your family practice doctor or PCP.

Of course pain such as this can be hard to diagnose still so be patient as your doctor will need to rule out one problem at a time. Medicine is part science, part art.

Good luck.
 freddil - Wed Oct 03, 2007 9:39 pm

Thanks Debbie- I actually saw my PCP Friday and am having a CT scan tomorrow of my abdomen and pelvis.

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