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greycobalt posted:
Apologies in advance for the grossness of this topic!

Almost a year and a half ago, I noticed an odd smell would appear inside my belly button. It occured at random, and happened along with a small amount of discharge. I would q-tips, cotton balls, or toilet paper to try to clear it out, but it didn't seem to help. I was always very clean in regards to washing it while I showered.

Eventually, whatever I used to wipe it started coming away with a small amount of blood. This was worrisome, but the problem would come and go, sometimes once a month or even longer before it happened again. However, it had also started appearing with a sharp, or pinching, pain inside the navel. It was never unbearable but very uncomfortable. When I finally went to the doctor, he took a culture with a swab, and prescribed some anti-biotics. The anti-biotics did nothing, but the culture didn't provide any answers either. As the problem was still intermittent, I let it go.

Within the last two months, it's come back with a vengeance. It's been near-constant, and sometimes I've woken up in the morning with a ring of caked blood around my belly button. The smell is still foul, but it's very hard to yield anything while cleaning it out. I went to my doctor again (a new one), and told him the history. He examined it, and said I have a very deep navel (I'm slightly overweight), and to make sure to clean well (I told him I did). Besides that, he said he couldn't see anything to be causing it.

What's moved me to post this is tonight it's been extremely painful without letting up. I've tried wiping and nothing is coming up. I've tried probing inside myself to see if I can find anything, but I can't get a good angle, and the pain does seem to increase once I get deeper and try to move the skin around. I generally avoid just shoving a finger in there because the smell is not only very gross, but hard to get rid of (even with soap), but I did tonight and I have no idea what I'm feeling for!

The only thing I can think to add is that I suffer from pretty moderate anxiety, and I have noticed that the pain increases significantly when I'm under more stress and anxiety. I don't know if that could in any way be related, but it's the one pattern that has stuck. Thanks for any help you give, and for sticking through the disgusting story!
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