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Hi,

In a nutshell, the tissue around my belly button (about a 2" radius) varies greatly in firmness and the firmer it is, the more pain I'm in. So typically if I'm in a lot of pain, the area around my belly button will be unusually stiff and firm to the touch and as the pain decreases, so does the stiffness - the area becomes more supple. Manually manipulating the stiff areas can often help with the pain. Sometimes just firmly and deeply "digging in" with my fingers towards the belly button helps.

Does anyone know what this might be? If not, what kind of professional might be able to help? BTW my pain specialist noticed this unusual firmness too and thinks it's scar tissue but he's no expert in this area obviously.

For the record I've recently had all the GI scans (x-ray, CT) and tests (*oscopy) under the sun (and an appendectomy) and nothing was found.

Many thanks, Peter
 

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no one's seen this? not even an educated guess at what it could be?
 

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well, like i mentioned before in one of your other posts about this, i think it's scar tissue (adhesions) --i agree with your pain therapist.

and adhesions don't show up on x-rays or scans unless they are distorting an organ or part of your bowel etc..

the pain from adhesions is not always consistent, either. sometimes it's worse than others.

manipulating the area --digging in, like you are doing--can help relieve the pain. it stretches the tissue a bit. which is why some people go to a massage therapist (myofascial massage) for adhesions. massage can help but only in certain cases. it depends on if the tissue is connected to other oragns or not. if it is, massage and pulling on this tissue and the organs can hurt not help...

just my 2 cents.. i have abdominal adhesions so this guess is just based on my experience, what my surgeon has told me and things that i've read about it all....
 
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