How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. David Your Own Question

Dr. David
Dr. David, Doctor (MD)
Category: Oncology
Satisfied Customers: 30976
Experience:  Experienced Oncology Physician trained in New York City. I'm ready to help.
41363181
Type Your Oncology Question Here...
Dr. David is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I have a lump on my abdomen. Its hard but not painful. Can

Resolved Question:

I have a lump on my abdomen. It's hard but not painful. Can't tell the size but I'd say smaller than a fist or the size of a fist of a child's hand. I am 40 years old. Never had health problems in the past. Location of lump is on the right below my navel. When I lay on my stomach I can feel it there.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Oncology
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.

Dr. David :

Hello, this is Dr. David. I have read your question and am ready to help.

Dr. David :

is it soft or hard?

Dr. David :

it is hard you said but not painful?

Dr. David :

how long have you had it?

Dr. David :

can you push it back down?

Customer:

it seems hard. not painful. i'd say i've noticed it for a couple months or more... when i move my abdomen region around with my hands I find that it can move a little bit

Customer:

but it stays in one place unless I move it with my hands pushing it...

Customer:

my mom had endometriosis when she was younger, but not sure if that's genetic and not sure what symptoms are for something like that...

Dr. David :

I don't think this is endometriosis. that is when endometrial tissue grows outside of the uterus.

Dr. David :

it sounds more like either a ventral hernia.

Dr. David :

if it was softer, it would be a benign fat mass called a lipoma

Dr. David :

but if it is hard, I think you need to see a doctor about it and maybe get a CT scan of the abdomen and maybe even a biopsy

Customer:

uh oh.

Dr. David :

well, don't think like that. it could all be normal or scar tissue.

Dr. David :

do you have a regular doctor?

Customer:

i haven't been to one in years.

Dr. David :

is it normal skin color?

Customer:

well it's beneath my skin... it's not close to the body, it's more like under my fatty abdomen

Customer:

not close to the surface i mean

Customer:

you don't see a lump when looking at my stomach, i just feel it inside

Customer:

when i lay on my stomach with a full bladder or if i lay on my stomach and lift my feet from the floor, i feel the m ass there

Dr. David :

I see.

Dr. David :

well another option would be an ultrasound of the abdomen to take a look inside

Dr. David :

I think it is worth a look.

Customer:

that's what i was kinda thinking...

Dr. David :

it might be nothing.

Customer:

what are the chances it's really serious? probably can't answer that...

Customer:

but it could be something really bad

Customer:

Okay, any other thoughts or advice or insight before we disconnect?

Customer:

hello?

Dr. David :

I think if it is not painful that is a good sign

Dr. David :

if you are not loosing weight, good sign

Dr. David :

if you are able to eat and have normal bowel movements good sign

Dr. David :

any blood in your stool?

Customer:

I'd LOVE to lose weight, but I understand what you're saying.

Customer:

no

Dr. David :

no blood in stool good sign

Customer:

Im generally really healthy...

Dr. David :

so many thing pointing to good sign.

Dr. David :

but should get it checked out just to be safe

Customer:

so maybe ultrasound is the way to go... one last question, do you mind?

Dr. David :

go ahead

Customer:

when u have lumps in your abdomen, do they almost always need to be surgically removed, or can they be healed with medicines? I guess taht's a dumb question if you don't know what it is...

Customer:

iv never had surgery and the idea scares me

Dr. David :

well, it depends on what it is.

Dr. David :

if it is something malignant, then yes it has to be removed.

Dr. David :

but if it is something benign or scar tissue, then it doesn't

Customer:

well i'll cross my fingers.

Customer:

okay I guess that's all. thank you for your help...

Dr. David, Doctor (MD)
Category: Oncology
Satisfied Customers: 30976
Experience: Experienced Oncology Physician trained in New York City. I'm ready to help.
Dr. David and other Oncology Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
< Last | Next >
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
  • Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. Robin Elkton, Maryland
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. David

    Doctor (MD)

    Satisfied Customers:

    5742
    Experienced Oncology Physician trained in New York City. I'm ready to help.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CO/commissure/2011-4-15_192514_REISD20080926JR1090.64x64.jpg Dr. David's Avatar

    Dr. David

    Doctor (MD)

    Satisfied Customers:

    5742
    Experienced Oncology Physician trained in New York City. I'm ready to help.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/LA/Laendo90020/2013-10-7_132943_Scan2mb.64x64.jpg Dr. Samurai's Avatar

    Dr. Samurai

    Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    48
    I will provide help with all gastroenterological (GI) oncology questions.
  • /img/opt/shirt.png doconc's Avatar

    doconc

    Medical Oncologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    248
    I am a board-certified medical oncologist and specialize in adult oncology
  • /img/opt/shirt.png J's Avatar

    J

    Doctor (MD)

    Satisfied Customers:

    13
    Board Certified in Medical Oncology
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/DrThomasMd/2012-7-25_134438_Imagess1.64x64.jpg Dr. Thomas, MD's Avatar

    Dr. Thomas, MD

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    45656
    Internal Medicine--practice all of internal medicine, all ages, family, also Integrative, CAM, etc
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MY/mysticdoc/2012-6-8_15615_mysticdoc3.64x64.jpg Dr. D.J.'s Avatar

    Dr. D.J.

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    14415
    MD