I’m going to have it looked at within the next few days, but what might this lump at my belly button be, and how worried should I be about it? Freaking myself out with Google.
This afternoon, I discovered an oblong lump, about the size of a large hazelnut, exactly next to my belly button (left upper side). It’s fairly deep, perhaps 1-2 cm below the skin, and feels sore and tender when I touch it. It’s not visible by looking at the skin. No surface skin irritation of any kind there, now or in the past. No discoloration. Having bothered it, I can kind of feel it when I walk or shift my torso.
I feel otherwise fine. No nausea, headache, sweating, fever, or suchlike symptoms (other than wanting to hurl when I read about aneurisms). No other abdominal pains (unlike the person in this
question). No recent strain or heavy lifting.
Female, mid-30s, 130 lbs (stable for almost four years after deliberate weight loss; carried more than that for a while, maxed out at 195 lbs a decade ago). Not pregnant now or ever. Long-time smoker (quitting’s on the list). No personal history of high blood pressure (parents have it).
What are the odds it’s a cyst? A hernia? An aneurism (preferred response: “oh, that’s highly unlikely!”)? There’s no pulsing feeling. My lower back is kind of achy, but in a way that’s typical for me at this time of the month.
Peeked into a walk-in clinic this evening, but it was sardine city, and I felt otherwise ok so figured it could wait. (I thought it might be a cyst or something; later read about other things it could be.) Reasonable bet to wait to see my GP after the 2nd (don’t know when in the week I could get an appointment)? Or should I try the walk-in or urgent care/minor injuries (where I’d wait for ages; am not sure they have the equipment to check for things)? I gather an aneurism (the thing I’m worrying about) would be likelier to happen to an older person, or someone currently
dealing with weight issues, is that right?
I'm in Ontario, Canada (re 'who should I see'). Haven't called Telehealth Ontario, because I think their algorithm might advise them to tell me to go to emergency, which I am sure will be full of people who need, you know, emergency care. And if this is a cyst or a swollen gland, like I hope it (probably?) is, I have no business wasting people's time.