Bowel problems/poss. hernia????
I wasn't sure where to post this message, so I left one yesterday afternoon on the "general" board but didn't get a response. Maybe I'll get one here.
Two nights ago I noticed a large mass to the left of my belly button. It's larger than my hand and doesn't hurt at all. I went to my primary care provider and showed it to her, and she thinks it could be a lipoma, incisional hernia, or possibly even trapped stool.
I asked about cancer, because 5 years ago I was diagnosed with a borderline ovarian tumor and had a total hysterectomy. I didn't need chemo or radiation and the prognosis for that is excellent. In addition to that, I suffer from IBS, GERD, anxiety, depression, fluid retention, hypothyroidism, arthritis, etc.
She sent me for xrays, which was yesterday afternoon but so far I haven't gotten the results. May not get them until Wednesday, but I'm hoping they will come in today. Here are my questions:
1. I didn't think that a hernia could pop up so quickly, but my Pastor told me this morning that his mother had one the size of a large grapefruit and they never had to operate on it. Hers was above the belly button, whereas mine is to the left of it (not far from my hysterectomy incision). Has anyone out there had this happen to them?
2. I just got over the stomach bug a little more than a week ago and was dehydrated too. The same day I came down with that was the last day I had to take amoxicillin, which was prescribed as a precaution because of a very difficult tooth extraction. Could having the bug, and having been on amoxicillin and having IBS have anything to do with this?
3. It feels like the mass may have grown slightly overnight but it's hard to tell because of my weight. Sometimes when I look at it, it appears to have not changed at all. Sometimes it looks more pronounced. Can a large hernia or lipoma magically appear overnight, and then the following night get bigger? At what point do hernias or lipomas stop growing?
4. Can something fast growing be cancerous? My primary care md doesn't think so, and she said it would be unusual for colon cancer to present itself like this.
5. Can abdominal xrays show hernias and lipomas?
If anyone out there has a word of encouragement, I would appreciate it. I've been through so much that I just can't take any more bad news, and I doubt that my family could either. I'm single, but my father worries about me, and so does my Aunt. Regarding how I feel at the moment, I'm a bit constipated but did pass some stool this morning, along with gas. Not as much as I would have liked.
Last edited by dianajune; 06-30-2009 at 08:09 AM.