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Bruised feeling on abdomen, traveling in a few days. Should I worry?

In a few days, I'm going on a several-week trip to Europe. Yesterday I noticed a small (quarter-sized) area to the right of my bellybutton that feels bruised, but has no mark. It doesn't hurt unless I press on it, and then it feels like a bruise. I figure if I had appendicitis or something I'd be in a lot more pain. Should I be worried about this at all?
posted by emily37 on Jun 16, 2014 - 11 answers

Is this abdominal pain something I need to go to the hospital for?

I'm experiencing abdominal pain, and would like a non-medical sounding board for how serious it sounds, and whether it's hospital worthy (given my almost non-existent lack of health insurance). You are not my doctor, etc., etc., but I'd like some non-medical advice about whether what I'm experiencing is something serious, or something that I can just push through. I think I have a low pain tolerance threshold, and I'm not good at gauging relative pain strength while in pain, so I'd like some perspective. I don't know which details are important, so I'm including them all. [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad on Mar 26, 2013 - 71 answers

Mystery lump, minor freakout

Between now and my doctor's appointment, could you offer up an opinion on what this lump in my abdomen might be? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Dec 21, 2012 - 15 answers

Ouch! What gives, tummy?

YANMD. What could be up with this weird sore spot on my abdomen? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jul 21, 2012 - 9 answers

Doctor, doctor

Is it okay for someone suffering from abdominal tuberculosis (Koch's abdomen) to smoke or drink (alcohol) in moderation?
posted by murtagh on Dec 23, 2011 - 3 answers

Weird abdominal issues

Weird abdominal issues: I have a doctor's appointment for Tuesday and would appreciate thoughts on whether it's OK to wait until then. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 25, 2011 - 9 answers

Is this an urgent care situation?

Medical Question: Persistent pain in the upper left abdomen and side. Is this an urgent care situation? [more inside]
posted by theantikitty on Sep 6, 2011 - 12 answers

Help me figure out why I hurt

Since late afternoon yesterday, I've had a sharp abdominal pain. YANA/MD. [more inside]
posted by bryon on Mar 30, 2011 - 22 answers

Temporary Ouch-Fixer?

I have many of the symptoms of appendicitis, but the doctors say that nothing is wrong with me. I'd like to see a GI doctor, but I'm going out of town for Christmas on Thursday. What's the best way to manage these symptoms so that I can enjoy my holiday? [more inside]
posted by chara on Dec 21, 2010 - 20 answers

YANMD advice for the uninsured please

Dull achey pain somewhere just below my chest for over 24 hours. No insurance, YANMD, what could it be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2010 - 12 answers

Who to see for abdominal and groin pain?

I know you aren't a doctor, or if you are you're not my doctor, but maybe you can help me figure out what sort of doctor I should see for my abdominal and groin pain. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 19, 2010 - 14 answers

What can I expect after abdominal surgery?

I just found out I need major surgery, and I've got some questions... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 20, 2009 - 21 answers

1 big scar - 1 testicle = ?

What are some medical reasons that would warrant an operation removing one testicle from a 5 or 6 year old boy? [more inside]
posted by potatopeople on May 11, 2009 - 15 answers

4 am Abdominal Pain: How Serious?

YouAreNotMyDoctorFilter: Last night I was rudely awakened in the very early morning by an intense abdominal pain. I managed to make it to my computer, only to freak myself out about all the possibilities it could be. How serious does this seem, and is it reasonable to just keep a watchful eye on it? [more inside]
posted by ThyroidBob on Apr 5, 2009 - 25 answers

Abdomen pain, not evil incarnate baby

What is this pain in my abdomen, and why is my spleen enlarged? [more inside]
posted by Attackpanda on Apr 2, 2009 - 14 answers

I lost my ball... no wait, there it is

Sometimes my left testicle "falls in" to my abdomen. Is this bad/dangerous? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 25, 2009 - 16 answers

Why the stomach thump?

Why does my stomach thump when I lay down? or really Does your stomach thump? [more inside]
posted by fructose on Jun 17, 2008 - 20 answers

Pain in the.... ?

Abdominal Pain Filter: My girlfriend woke up last night with an excruiating stabbing pain throughout her lower abdomen. Thankfully, that's gone, but there is still a tender spot about 1 inch up from her belly button, and two inches to the right. I think it's too far up to be the appendix. What could it be?
posted by fvox13 on Oct 13, 2007 - 28 answers

Should I go get the CT scan or not?

Should I go get the CT scan or not? I've had a stomachache for 10 days and my doctor thinks it might be my appendix; the blood tests are all negative; should I still go through with this? [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry on Oct 4, 2007 - 29 answers

Name that pain!

Stabbing painfilter- Help diagnose my stabbing abdominal pain! [more inside]
posted by Joe Rocket on Aug 16, 2007 - 16 answers

Why is my belly waking me up with soreness?

HealthFilter: Why do I wake up with a dull ache in my abdomen (diaphragm area)? [more inside]
posted by cadge on Aug 12, 2007 - 13 answers

Big belly blues

OddBellyFilter: Is it weight, an allergy or just the way I was made? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Jun 11, 2006 - 11 answers

Pulsing spot next to belly button. Serious?

My abdomen is pulsating significantly just to the left of my umbilicus. [More Inside]

I first noticed it happening every once in a while three years ago but now it's pretty much a constant thing and I think it's a stronger pulse. It's especially pronounced when I lie flat on my back. I don't have insurance in the country I'm currently living in and I don't want to dish out a hefty sum for a slew of diagnostic tests if perhaps there's nothing to worry about. Everything I've looked up online points to a possible aortic aneurysm but I'm a 20 year old girl with no family history of similar problems, so I'm figuring that's unlikely. I've never been hypertensive. Should I be worried or could it be normal?
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2004 - 12 answers

Ab Workouts

I want abs. I'm 5'8", 134lbs. I've never worked out and don't have time for a gym. Basically I'm looking for a good routine that I can do in, say, 15min a morning that will strengthen my abs and, if possible, give some visible definition. Right now I have a small belly. I've heard mixed things about crunches. Anyone have a good routine that meets my needs? I'd like to see results in a month or two.
posted by Grod on Aug 3, 2004 - 19 answers

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