Printer Friendly

Abdominal bulge not always a hernia.

Dear Dr. SerVaas,

One year ago, I thought I had a hernia. My doctor, however, said I had a condition called diastasis recti. It has to do with the lining of the wall of the stomach.

I am writing to ask you two questions: What is this all about, and do I just have to live with it?

Some days I feel well; other days I am very tender in some areas of the abdomen. When I lie flat and put my hand over an area on the left side above the belly button, a bulge comes up that fills my hand. I would appreciate seeing my answer in The Saturday Evening Post.

Lorene Christianson

West Salem, Wisconsin

A hernia occurs when part of the intestine slips through an opening in the abdominal wall. In people with diastasis recti, or DR, the abdominal wall may bulge between two halves of the rectus abdominis muscle (see picture above right). As you describe, the bulge stretches from the breastbone to the belly button on the right or left side of the abdomen.

Doctors say that most cases of diastasis recti do not re quire surgery. The condition may affect anyone but is more common in newborns and women with multiple pregnancies.

Some experts suggest wrapping a long scarf or towel around the waist (under the clothing) to help bring together the muscle edges. Ready-made splints are available from Maternal Fitness at 212-353-1947 or Click on "shop" and then "TuplerWear Splint."
COPYRIGHT 2007 Saturday Evening Post Society
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2007 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:MEDICAL MAILBOX
Author:SerVaas, Cory
Publication:Saturday Evening Post
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2007
Previous Article:Drugs helped his Bell's palsy.
Next Article:Natural remedy seeker.

Related Articles
Radiological case of the month: Barton F. Lane, MD and Clint W. Sliker, MD.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2017 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters