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    splashing noise in lower abdomen
    An_250991 posted:
    For the past month I have been bloated and earlier in the month I did not have much of an appetite like I usually do. My stomach becomes very bloated after I eat. I've noticed the bloating because I am a thin girl and I'm very active. There has also been a pulsating sensation around my naval that is in rhythm with my heartbeat, along with the right side of my abdomen feeling hard. When I press down on my lower abdomen below my belly button there is a swooshing or splashing noise, and I can feel a lump move upward. I will also have some light cramping pain in my stomach but not always. I don't believe I could be pregnant because I have had my last two periods since I have had any kind of sexual contact. I have been researching these symptoms and I keep seeing IBS, or ovarian cancer or ovarian cysts. What could my problem be?
    georgiagail responded:
    Because you are so thin, you are likely hearing (and feeling) the movement of food and liquids going through the small intestine. Remember you've got about 25 feet of small intestine in there! Without a lot of, ahem, "padding" (fat) in the abdominal area it's easier to feel and hear the food and liquids moving through the digestive tract.

    An_250991 replied to georgiagail's response:
    What would be causing my bloating? Also when I have bowel movements its hard from them to pass, straining. I feel like I'm sitting on the toilet forever for barely anything to "leave". This lump is about 2 inches under my belly button so its almost more my central lower stomach/ pelvic area. Could I be feeling fecal matter in my colon, which is causing the lump?
    georgiagail replied to An_250991's response:
    Likely your stomach feels bloated after you eat because it's full and you're a thin person. Have no idea why you're constipated. Are you taking in enough fiber in your diet along with enough liquids? If you believe you are and still have this issue, you can always make an appointment with Gastroenterologist who might suggest a "look see" (i.e., a colonoscopy) to check for any fibroids in the colon that can slow passage of stool.


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