Cramping abdominal pain above the navel can be symptoms of a variety of conditions. Including those requiring urgent surgical intervention. Therefore, in such a situation, one should not endure, hoping that the pain itself will subside, or self-medicate.
Stomach ulcer and pain over the navel. Is there a connection?
If pain appears in the navel, it is imperative to consult a doctor, undergo an examination, and pass all the necessary tests. And if necessary, agree to the operation.
A common cause of pain in the navel is stomach ulcer. This disease manifests itself with a number of symptoms, the most characteristic of which is severe spasmodic pain in the upper abdomen, above the navel. Pain can occur both 30-40 minutes after eating, and on an empty stomach (especially at night or in the morning immediately after waking up). In this case, doctors call it "hunger pain".
The pain is often localized not only in the area above the navel, it can radiate to the chest, back, even legs. Other symptoms of gastric ulcer: frequent heartburn, vomiting (bringing relief), increased appetite, fatigue, irritability. Nausea and fever with stomach ulcers, as a rule, do not happen!
Why can there be spasmodic pain above the navel?
Similar pains can be caused by various diseases of the stomach, intestines, pancreas, gallbladder, liver, bladder. In women, such pain can also occur due to gynecological problems (for example, inflammation of the ovaries), as well as during menstruation.
Spasmodic pain in the upper abdomen is sometimes a symptom of appendicitis, which makes it difficult to diagnose this disease, because the appendix is located in the lower abdominal cavity! Also, such pains may indicate food poisoning, gastrointestinal spasm. Pleurisy (external inflammation of the lining of the lungs) can cause cramping pain above the navel. The medical literature describes cases where such pain was caused by renal colic.
As you can see, there are many reasons for the appearance of spasmodic pain in the area above the navel. Only a doctor can make the correct diagnosis and prescribe treatment, so it is necessary to seek medical advice as soon as possible, take a blood test, undergo the necessary examinations (X-ray, endoscopy, ultrasound, etc.). Delay in this case is very dangerous, because an urgent operation may be needed. In no case should you self-medicate! For example, if you start to warm your stomach with appendicitis, it may burst, peritonitis will begin, and this is fraught with death.