If you are suffering from pain under your belly button, you should be aware of what conditions could cause it. There are a number of common harmless causes as well as several serious conditions that can lead to you suffering pain under belly button.
Common conditions: these happen often to people and are normally not serious.
1) Muscle sprains: they are actually a lot more common than you would think. The abdomen has several sheaths of muscle that can be sprained just like any other through moving in an awkward position. If you have a history of lifting or straining, and the pain doesn’t make you feel sick, but just worse when you stretch out, then you may have strained a muscle.
2) Trapped gas/constipation: again, this is very common. If the pain gets a lot better when you move your bowels or pass gas, then it may simply be trapped gas causing the pain under your belly button. Our intestines respond to dilating by producing pain signals, so when gas or constipation causes them to dilate, it becomes painful.
3) Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): it’s a common issue, and causes the need to go to the toilet and cramping tummy pain. Passing gas does make it better, but generally it comes and goes, and it is normally recognized by the sufferer.
Rarer conditions: these are conditions for which you may want to seek a doctor’s opinion, as self-diagnosis is often unreliable.
1) Appendicitis: although appendicitis normally causes pain over the appendix (on the right lower side of the tummy), it can start just behind the belly button. It normally moves slowly over to the right side of the belly button and the pain gets worse over time. You may also feel sick, and going to the toilet doesn’t help at all.
2) Intestinal obstruction: this can happen more often in people who have had surgery, or have a trapped hernia. For some reason, the bowel blocks up, and the rest of the bowels start to dilate as they can’t pass food through. It gets to the stage where you start to throw up. You don’t pass much when you move your bowels because the pain gets worse over time. This is a serious condition and you should seek a doctor’s help right away
3) Aortic aneurysm: this can occur in older men (usually 60+) who have had a history of smoking, heart problems or diabetes. The main blood vessel that passes blood down the legs starts to leak, causing pain and irritation. You may feel faint, and you may start to lose sensation in the legs. It is a very serious condition that you need hospitalized for.
4) Pancreatitis – this is common in people who have gallstones or who drink too much alcohol. It is usually described as a piercing pain under belly button that gets worse and worse. You usually vomit, and nothing really makes the pain feel any better. Again, you need to be in the hospital for this condition
5) Umbilical hernia – this is when a small piece of the bowel protrudes through the abdominal wall. This can be quite harmless, but it needs to be repaired with surgery.