Patient complains of umbilical pain: what are the possible diagnoses?

Umbilical pain is a feeling of discomfort in the area inside the abdomen behind the navel. In most cases, the cause is related to disorders of the gastrointestinal system

The pain, which may be dull and continuous or intermittent, with alternating peaks of pain and phases of painlessness, may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, belching, rumbling or flatulence, as well as fever and blood or mucus in the stool.

What diseases can be associated with umbilical pain?

The following diseases may be associated with umbilical pain:

  • Appendicitis
  • Diverticulosis
  • Diverticulitis
  • Umbilical hernia
  • Gastritis
  • Viral Gastritis
  • Peritonitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Trauma
  • Duodenal ulcer
  • Gastric ulcer

Please note that this list is not exhaustive and you should always ask your doctor for advice.

What are the remedies for umbilical pain?

As there are many different conditions associated with this pain, it is important to understand and act on the cause of the pain in order to be able to provide treatment.

When should a doctor be consulted for umbilical pain?

It is best to see your doctor if you have suffered an injury or if the pain is accompanied by other symptoms such as fever and blood or mucus in the stool, even if you have already been diagnosed with (or are at risk of) one of the associated conditions (see list of associated conditions).

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