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Hello, this is Dr. David. I have read your question and am ready to help.
is it soft or hard?
it is hard you said but not painful?
how long have you had it?
can you push it back down?
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
but it stays in one place unless I move it with my hands pushing it...
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...
I don't think this is endometriosis. that is when endometrial tissue grows outside of the uterus.
it sounds more like either a ventral hernia.
if it was softer, it would be a benign fat mass called a lipoma
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
well, don't think like that. it could all be normal or scar tissue.
do you have a regular doctor?
i haven't been to one in years.
is it normal skin color?
well it's beneath my skin... it's not close to the body, it's more like under my fatty abdomen
not close to the surface i mean
you don't see a lump when looking at my stomach, i just feel it inside
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
well another option would be an ultrasound of the abdomen to take a look inside
I think it is worth a look.
that's what i was kinda thinking...
it might be nothing.
what are the chances it's really serious? probably can't answer that...
but it could be something really bad
Okay, any other thoughts or advice or insight before we disconnect?
I think if it is not painful that is a good sign
if you are not loosing weight, good sign
if you are able to eat and have normal bowel movements good sign
any blood in your stool?
I'd LOVE to lose weight, but I understand what you're saying.
no blood in stool good sign
Im generally really healthy...
so many thing pointing to good sign.
but should get it checked out just to be safe
so maybe ultrasound is the way to go... one last question, do you mind?
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...
iv never had surgery and the idea scares me
well, it depends on what it is.
if it is something malignant, then yes it has to be removed.
but if it is something benign or scar tissue, then it doesn't
well i'll cross my fingers.
okay I guess that's all. thank you for your help...