How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr Basu Your Own Question

Dr Basu
Dr Basu, Experienced Specialist
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 23041
Experience:  MD
23744323
Type Your Medical Question Here...
Dr Basu is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

After giving birth to my first child over three years ago I

Resolved Question:

After giving birth to my first child over three years ago I felt something "pop" out of my abdomenon my left side just below my ribs. When whatever it was would pop out it was painful and uncomfortable and as soon as I felt it happening I woul stretch out my abdomen and then felt better. Often this happened while I was engaged in some sort of activity and using my abdominal muscles (like bending over the tub to was my daughter's feet). This was complicated by a secondary pain/bulge that after a diagnostic laparoscopy revealed my 9th and 10th ribs had separated from each other and my sternum and the pain was the ribs pressing on the nerve in in my sternum. I thought that both "popping" matters must have been the same thing and a thoracic surgeon wired my ribs back together and back to the sternum. I thought the problem was solved. Two weeks after that surgery...I flt the popping again. I knew it wasn't my ribs and it was the less painful popping I had felt first after giving birth. I went back to the thoracic surgeon and after opening me again, he said I had a tiny hernia that he stitched. A month later I got pregnant thinking all was well and is weeks into the pregnancy I was doing abdominal exercises and "pop" came the bulge. It looked about an inch and a half long and half an inch wide just below my ribs on my left side. Being pregnant, there was nothing I could do but be cautious with straining my abdomen. My baby has since been born and its happening again at a more frequent rate as I shed the baby weight and return to my previously thin frame. I had previously seen a hernia specialist and was assured I do not have a hernia? So what can this bulging be and how can I resolve it? What kind of physician should I see? Any ideas?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.

Mysticdoc :

The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

Mysticdoc :

Hi there,


I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.


I am here to help you with your concerns.

Mysticdoc :

The bulge can still be a hernia.

Mysticdoc :

And this should be confirmed by a CT scan.

Customer: Hi. Thank you for responding.
Mysticdoc :

Besides hernia, another possibility is the bulging of the stomach or the intestine pushing against the weak muscle covering.

Mysticdoc :

This is not called hernia since there is no hole.

Mysticdoc :

Weak muscle and separation between the muscle layers an cause this commonly.

Mysticdoc :

Fat bulge is another possibility.

Mysticdoc :

However, a CT scan will be helpful.

Mysticdoc :

If this is not hernia, then you should see either an abdominal surgeon or cosmetic surgeon to consider the repair of the muscle defect.

Customer: So, should I see another hernia specialist? And if its not a hernia and possible my stomach bulging, what type of doctor would I see and is there a way to stop it. I don't have a lot of fat in the area. I'm 5'7 and approx. 135lbs.
Customer: Just answered I see. Thank you.
Mysticdoc :

This is not serious condition and you can continue with normal life if not hernia.

Customer: great!
Mysticdoc :

very welcome

Mysticdoc :

Best wishes,


Please rate the chat Good or Excellent, if you are satisfied with our conversation and do not have any further question, so that I get rewarded for my time & effort. Thank you!


Please bookmark my profile for asking further questions!
This is the link to my profile:
http://www.justanswer.com/medical/expert-mysticdoc/

Dr Basu, Experienced Specialist
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 23041
Experience: MD
Dr Basu and 6 other Medical Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
< Last | Next >
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
  • I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well! Claudia Albuquerque, NM
  • Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion. Kevin Beaverton, OR
  • Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
    I feel better already! Thank you.
    Elanor Tracy, CA
  • Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem. Julie Lockesburg, AR
  • You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions. John and Stefanie Tucson, AZ
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Thomas, MD

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    46349
    Internal Medicine--practice all of internal medicine, all ages, family, also Integrative, CAM, etc
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/DrThomasMd/2012-7-25_134438_Imagess1.64x64.jpg Dr. Thomas, MD's Avatar

    Dr. Thomas, MD

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    46349
    Internal Medicine--practice all of internal medicine, all ages, family, also Integrative, CAM, etc
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MY/mysticdoc/2012-6-8_15615_mysticdoc3.64x64.jpg Dr. D.J.'s Avatar

    Dr. D.J.

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    14679
    MD
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/agketch/2008-7-14_184046_drketchresized.jpg Dr. Ketch's Avatar

    Dr. Ketch

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    76
    Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/FA/FamilyPhysician/2013-8-31_191624_JA550x500Photo.64x64.jpg Family Physician's Avatar

    Family Physician

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    2562
    Emergency Medicine and Family Practice for over 26 years
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/drappapo/2013-8-16_22576_drdavid.64x64.jpg Dr. David's Avatar

    Dr. David

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    224
    Treat children/young adults, former chief resident, multiple publications
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DrDLove/2009-08-12_141522_DrDLove.jpg Dr. D. Love's Avatar

    Dr. D. Love

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    11961
    Family Physician for 10 years; Hospital Medical Director for 10 years.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CO/commissure/2011-4-15_192514_REISD20080926JR1090.64x64.jpg Dr. David's Avatar

    Dr. David

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    10667
    Experienced Physician trained in New York City. I'm ready to help.
 
 
 

Related Medical Questions

Chat Now With A Doctor
Dr Basu
Dr Basu
Physician
16946 Satisfied Customers
MD