There are times when you may experience a stomachache that doesn’t feel like a normal stomachache, but rather like there is pain coming from your belly button. Belly button pain isn’t always dangerous, but if you have a recurring pain there with accompanying abdominal pain, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to get it checked out by a doctor. Since there are any number of things that can cause belly button pain, even including regular stomachaches, it’s hard to be sure what may be serious and what will go away on its own. A few of possible causes that you should be concerned about include a pulled muscle, food poisoning, and ulcers.
With belly button pain, determining whether or not it is serious may depend on how you got the pain. Was it a dull pain that just keeps lingering for days? Or was it a situation where one minute you are fine, and ten minutes later you are in agony? If it is the latter, it very well could be a pulled muscle in your abdomen. Since abdominal pain of this type can come on so quickly, it usually isn’t too hard to tell exactly what caused it. Anything from lifting something heavy to sneezing too hard can cause an abdominal muscle pull, and the pain sets in almost immediately. Fortunately, muscle pulls aren’t dangerous, though they can be very painful, and will go away on their own with enough rest. For extreme pain, a doctor can prescribe a mild pain killer which can help you get through the day and sleep at night.
Food poisoning can cause belly button pain when you eat contaminated food, usually resulting in some sort of bacteria invading your body. The vast majority of food poisoning cases are of this type, and it occurs a lot more often than it is diagnosed. If you think you have food poisoning, which can cause a lot of different symptoms in addition to belly button pain such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc., then you should see a doctor as soon as you can. If the type of pain you are feeling is extremely sharp and is incapacitating, then there may be a non-bacterial poison in your system, and you would need to go to the emergency room.
Ulcers occur when the protective layer of your stomach is eaten away and acid actually gets to unprotected parts of the lining inside your stomach. They typically cause pain around your belly button if they are in your stomach and abdominal pain if they are in your intestines. Ulcers will almost always require treatment, which usually includes taking some sort of medicine for lowering the amount of acid your stomach produces, in turn reducing the irritation and giving your body the time it needs to heal itself.
Belly button pain, like all other pain, isn’t something you want to have to deal with, but most dull pain in the area isn’t a big deal. There are plenty of foods that may not agree with you on certain days, and constantly worrying about your abdominal pain will just stress you out. If you do suspect something really is wrong though, it is always best to check with a doctor; at the very least, it can give you peace of mind to know that everything is really okay.