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I have a pain on the left side of my stomach when I cough.

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Hi there. I have a pain on the left side of my stomach when I cough.
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Customer: The pain is only there when I cough. it is approx a palm space from my belly button and just above my trouser line. I am a male 36 fairly good health. Its a strange pain, feels like something pushing out if that makes sense? I am around 6foot 95KG in relatively good health. I am around 25% body fat (trying to loose it that's how I know lol) I have been diagnosed with a hiatus hernia about 6 months ago but changed diet to manage it. I smoke about 1 a day. anything else you need to know ??
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

This is Dr. David

when you cough, you can increase your intra-thoracic and intra-abdominal pressure.

this can sometimes push out abdominal or ventral hernias

a hiatal hernia can be caused when you have increased intra-abdominal pressure and this can push your stomach up through your diaphram and up into your chest

you should see a doctor and get your abdomen examined to be checked for abdominal hernias.

you should work on quitting smoking as well and also talk to your doctor about getting help to quit smoking.

let me know if you have questions.

Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


I have a different answer for you.

Is this above or below the navel.

If above, the possibilities are ulcer, gallbladder disease, pancreatitis, and a colon problem.

If below, colon problem, bladder problem, problem with the ureter [stone].

Small bowel problems can cause problems both above and below and at the navel level.

Muscular problems can do it.

This is not typical of a hiatal hernia causing this pain.

A ventral hernia would have a bulge.

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