I went to the e.r. last night with pain and a lump just above my belly button. They took an x-ray and determined I was constipated. I was sent home with lxatives. I took them and have since had a bowel movement. I woke up today with my belly quite swollen. It almost looks like I'm pregnant. Could this still be constipation,or could the constipation have prevented a hernia being seen? I was diagnosed 5 years ago with a very small umbilical hernia that has given me no symptoms. What to do?
Since you had a BM, it sounds like you may be swollen with gas now. When you get so backed up you need to go to the er, you are probably full of gas. I would call the pharmacist and tell him the situation and what the best OTC med for gas is. Try that first for a few days and see if the swelling goes down. As far as a herniated cord, it would show on an x-ray, but doubtful it would increase in size unlike a cyst. If your in pain, don't hesitate to go back to the er and get some help. I know the feeling all too well when I was in the hospital after surgery. Try not to worry too much. Please keep us posted.
My best wishes,
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