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My left "love handle" seems to have a large lump (larger than

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My left "love handle" seems to have a large lump (larger than a plum), which does not hurt. It is visibly larger than my other side. I noticed it this morning. It seems to move slightly when pushed, like a swollen gland. I am not over weight; I am 117 lbs, 5.5', and 30 years old. I just found I am pregnant, no more than 3 weeks. I don't know if that may have anything to do with it.

mysticdoc :

The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

mysticdoc :

Hi there,


I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.


I am here to help you with your concerns.

mysticdoc :

I am not familiar with the term--do you mean vagina?

Customer:

No. :) It is the spot in your lower back, where fat can accumulate. It is common to have on most people, lean or not. It is where one would rest their hands on their hips, but towards the back. On both sides.

mysticdoc :

Ok --you mean the flank --correct?

Customer:

Medical terms: bilateral overhangs of fat and soft tissue on the anterolateral flank

Customer:

yes

mysticdoc :

ok --thanks for clarification.

mysticdoc :

now does the lump feel firm or soft like fat consistency?

Customer:

soft, like fatty tissue, and moves slightly. On the outside, it does not look like a ball, but like I just have one larger flank than the other.

mysticdoc :

ok

mysticdoc :

no pain or any other symptoms right?

Customer:

no pain or other symptoms

mysticdoc :

ok

mysticdoc :

then it does not sound anything concerning.

Customer:

When running my hand down both sides, I can definitely feel the difference.

mysticdoc :

Fat deposition is influenced by the female hormones.

mysticdoc :

and during pregnancy this can be a contributing factor.

Customer:

Ok - that make more sense since I am pregnant.

mysticdoc :

Hence, this can be a normal variation in other words.

Customer:

When my hormones shift after 4 months, is there a chance it may dissapate?

Customer:

I am not worried abou the look - it would just be a nice sign that it was my hormones.

mysticdoc :

probably this may persist through your pregnancy.

mysticdoc :

But you never know

Customer:

OK. When should I become concerned? If it gets larger or if it becomes painful?

mysticdoc :

if this becomes painful--or firm with redness

mysticdoc :

Or you notice radiating pain to the lower back or legs

mysticdoc :

These symptoms will require further evaluation.

Customer:

Ok. Great - I will watch out for that. Thank you for your advice!

mysticdoc :

Also if you develop other hormonal symptoms like excessive tiredness, leg swelling etc, then this requires further evaluation.

mysticdoc :

Diabetes, thyroid condition, adrenal gland disorder are some of the things to watch out for in that case.

Customer:

Those are common symptoms of pregnancy though, right?

mysticdoc :

Infection and tumor are other possibilities

Customer:

If it is an infection or tumor, should it be painful?

mysticdoc :

yes correct --but anything excessive including high blood pressure rise in blood sugar level for example.

mysticdoc :

yes also there will be redness, warmth

Customer:

OK. So far it is just abnormal swelling, and nothing else. I will look out for any changes. My only concern until then is what bathing suit I should get now since I am going o vacation! Thanks for your help!

mysticdoc :

very welcome

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