I was rubbing my stomach the other day and I felt a weird lump, it's right near my belly button, up maybe 1"-2". It doesn't cause any pain when I touch it or the area surrounding, it feels like it's maybe the size of a pea or smaller and it does feel round, and I can't tell if it's hard or not cause the surrounding skin is to fatty to let me squeeze it. It doesn't seem to be attached to the skin, rather somthing maybe from my ab muscle below the skin, and it doesn't protrude from the skin. In other words just by looking at the area you would never no there is anything wrong. I noticed it about 3 days ago, and I am keeping a very close eye on it. I won't have inusrance till the first of the new year, so I am wondering if anyone has ever had or heard of anything like this.
Thanks for your response...
I looked into hernias and I really don't think that what it is, however I guess anythjing is possible. I am really unsure of what it is, I have experienced minor pain/discomfort periodically in that region since my last post (Maybe one to three times a day, for a second or less), I am really afraid it's some kind of growth, however I think it is a little less noticeable today.
Hope somebody out there can give me an idea of what it might be.
My husband just had an umbilical hernia repaired, but .........
There is a muscle just above the belly button ... dunno what it's called, but it means it's separated.
You will especially notice it if you lay down and just try and lift your head, it will pop up quite nicely (insert picture of Alien here) LOL ...
If it is this, it's quite harmless, and although they can repair it by placing some internal stitches in it, it's a weakened muscle and will probably separate again.
Again, if your concerned, you will need to see a specialist who will advise you on the best action. Ours said the umbilican hernia MUST be repaired, but the muscle wasn't a major concern. He said if he was worried when he saw it, he would try stitching, otherwise he would leave it alone. After surgery, we found he had left it alone.
Then it is time to 'bite the bullet' and go and see your local GP. He will write you a referral to a qualified surgeon who will take one look and give you the diagnosis.
They are VERY good (but expensive) ...
I am in Australia, and we have Medicare, the surgery didn't cost us a thing, however my husband had to wait 6 months for an available bed. If we had been in a Private Health Fund, he could have had the surgery done immediately.
Do keep in touch and let us know how you get on.
The body is a strange thing, to be sure and quite often baffles us !!!
I went and saw a doctor and he said that it's nothing to worry about, that I should be fine until I get my insurance. He said he thought it was caused from a strain put on the muscle at an eariler time, he said he can't explain why it lumps. Do you think he meant it was a hernia? He didn't tell me not to do any heavy lifting, he said just to watch it and make sure it doesn't grow, which I think it has slightly. Has anyone ever heard of any other type of muscle injury that might cause this thats not a hernia?
Well I went to another Doctor and he seems to think it's a cyst, I'm still not sure if I feel comfortable without some sort of diagnostic test, but I guess it'll have to do till I go see another doctor. On the bright side of things it doesn't seem to bother me (Other than mentally), and the doctor also examined me for a hernia, and my lymphs and thyroid, he didn't think it was a hernia, and he didn't seem to think I had lukemia (Glands weren't swollen).
Just thought I would give you guys an update.
It is definitely an umbilical hernia. I got one myself some days back. It happened after long strenous hours of weight training. One day I found a small bump (about half a cm) in my navel. I immediately consulted my doctor who confirmed that it's an umbilical hernia and advised me to stay away from all exercises and movements which place a strain on my belly region. He also mentioned that a surgery is not required and the hernia will settle down on its own in a month or two. [My age is 25, just for records].
I am indeed seeing some improvements and feel that my umbilical hernia is becoming smaller and smaller and believe that it will settle on its own.
I would also like to mention various reasons which may cause umbilical hernia - weight lifting, excessive strain and pressure applied during stool passing, weak ab muscles, and other reasons which can be found out by doing a search for umbilical hernia.