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Separated muscle and strange bulges...

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  • Posted By: motwinsplus1g
  • March 19, 2009
  • 11:25 PM

I have lot's of stomach issues, but there's one in particular that's been bothering me. About 6 yrs ago (after my last child was born) I noticed that when I was sitting or laying in certain positions, I would feel what "felt" like, a contraction. When I pushed on the area, I felt a soft bulge that pushed away. I also noticed that I had a huge gap in my abdominal muscles, which I attributed to just having a child (I had had twins 2 yrs previously). I had an ultrasound done and nothing abnormal showed up (no hernia,etc).

Now, 6 yrs later, after going through some other stomach issues (nausea being one), I mentioned this weird symptom to my Gastro specialist. He felt around and of course, felt nothing (I also had an empty stomach that morning). He did notice one bulge, and said it was normal stool. He then said that to ease my mind, he would order a CT scan. However, after doing research on how much radiation is in CT scans, I'm a bit worried about having it done. Especially because I've since noticed that these bulges come and go depending on whether I have food in my stomach or not. No food, no bulges. From everything I've read on CT scans, it should be a test that is 100% necessary - such as for acute pain. And while I have been dealing w/nighttime nausea, I am taking Nexium for that. But I was also recently on meds for h-pylori which also could have caused the nausea and other gastro problems, minus the bulges.

So after that long winded explanation, my question is this: Is there anyone out there like me who has this separated muscle who can also feel their intestines at times? And if so, has anyone talked to a Dr. who is familiar with this problem? No one I know has experienced this. I am only 5'2" and weigh around 100 lbs, so that could be another reason why I feel weird things. I also get bloated after a small amount of food, and it's been that way since having kids. I've read that having this separated muscle can cause this also. For me, the muscle is about 2 finger width apart.

I'm getting a second opinion on whether a CT scan is right for me, but it's a week way. Just thought I'd check here in the meantime.


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