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A. Schuyler, NP, Nurse Practitioner
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Experience:  Board Certified NP, MS, RN. 25 years private practice & hospitalist
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I just realised that I have a swelling on the left side of

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Good morning. My name is***** just realised that I have a swelling on the left side of my pubic area which I thought was a hernia ie a firm lump. I was standing at the time, but when I lay down the swelling disappeared, does that sound like a hernia to you? thanks Alan
JA: How long have you had the lump? Is it hard or soft?
Customer: It was fairly hard and I first notice it last night
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I did have a hernia on the right hand side a few years ago
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 4 months ago.


Welcome to Just Answer. My name is***** am reading your question and will be back with you ASAP.

Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 4 months ago.


What you are describing could indeed be a hernia. When you are standing, can you push it back to where it belongs?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
No, it feels imobile
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 4 months ago.

Often when there is a hernia, you can push it back through the aperture where it "escaped" from. Since it seems immobile, your primary provider will need to check it out. It could still be a hernia, or a swollen lymph node from some infection or inflammation you have in the area, or it could be a cyst. Sorry, but someone is going to have to see it and feel it to provide a diagnosis.

Kind regards,