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Painful tugging behind/near belly button every few weeks

For a few months now, I've been experiencing a painful stabbing/tugging feeling behind and around my belly button. It usually occurs a couple hours after I've eaten and it lasts for a few days and then stops. After a couple of weeks, the pattern begins again. It feels a bit like stabbing, but also kind of like all of the insides right behind my belly button are being crushed in someone's fist and then aggressively tugged on. Has anyone ever experienced this before, or does anyone have any idea of what this could possibly be?
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Check with your doctor, but it sounds a lot like the symptoms I had when I had an umbilical hernia.
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Pain in umbilicus could be due to abdominal causes or due to a cause in the umbilicus itself. The common abdominal causes are appendicitis, IBS, Crohn’s disease, umbilical hernia, cystitis or due adhesions if there is a history of previous surgery. Causes within the umbilicus include a boil or a fistula or abscess.
The best thing would be to consult a general practitioner or PCP and try and assess what is the cause of your problem. Then proper referral for concerned specialist can take things further and get you proper treatment. Take care!
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