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Abdomen swells on lower right after eating

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  • Posted By: bellyacher
  • April 18, 2008
  • 02:29 PM

I ate a 12 inche pizza by myself two nights ago. It was a lot of food for me, but I was not uncomfortable.

As I undressed to prepare for bed, I noticed that the right side of my abdomen was abnormally swollen from just below the ribs to the groin. My first thought was that I had some sort of hernia because it looked so distorted and was located on one side. It almost looks like everything inside my belly just shifted over to the right, like a sudden loss of symmetry.

I'm 40, male, fit, exercise regularly, usually eat well. I have a slender/athletic build, so this transformation of my abdomen was shocking.

There was no pain and still there is no pain. I've noticed in the morning the swelling is not as apparent, but after a meal, it returns.

I am not abnormally flatulent, and I've had a couple bowel movements since, but it does seem like I should have had more bowel movements considering the amount of food I've eaten.

I can't get in to see a doctor until late next week, so I'm hoping to calibrate my concerns before then.

Many thanks,
M.

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