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How much should I worry about this lump?

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. [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on Jan 1, 2014 - 14 answers

What is going on in my mouth ?

I just discovered a hard, white, roughly quarter-inch lump in my mouth, just behind my incisors on my jaw. It is painless, and I have a dentist appointment on Tuesday, but I am curious and slightly freaking out as to what this could be. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Dec 13, 2013 - 17 answers

What should my elderly parents do with their only asset, a liquid $250K?

I'm seeking as many opinions as I can get from people with knowledge of financial advising and/or trusts & estates and/or estate planning, about what my parents (in their 80s) ought to do with their $250,000 in liquid assets. I'm NOT looking for the kind of detailed plan we'd get from an advisor whom we hire; I'm looking for short, quite general, common sense answers (such as "These ONE OR TWO types of instruments are good/bad; all others are to be avoided/considered.") I'm also looking for as many answers as I can get. In order to get that assortment of answers, I want to disclose only a very few specific things about the folks: 1. they currently rent an apartment; they do not own a home. 2. they are in their 80s--relatively healthy and can drive, shop, take care of themselves, but I'm not sure how long that'll last. I'd like to see them in a retirement community within a couple years. 3. Their only income (which doesn't amount to much) is social security. 4. They lose about $2,100 in total expenses every month. That's just about equal to what they take in each month. 5. Their one and only significant asset is a liquid $250,000. Okay, at their age, and considering all the above, WHAT IS/ARE THE MOST PRACTICAL THING(s) THEY SHOULD DO WITH THAT LUMP OF LIQUID MONEY? THANK YOU from their worried adult child with a family of my own!
posted by losdavos on Oct 24, 2013 - 14 answers

Pension lump sum payment

I have the opportunity to take a retirement plan lump sum … [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2013 - 11 answers

Breast lump, no insurance, no money, looking for options.

Having found the lump a year ago this June, it took me until today to find the courage to try doing something. Many of the sites I found said to go through my local health department, so I finally worked up the courage to walk in today. They had no idea what to say, and no longer offer any program that would help. I walked out with a pamphlet for a clinic in another town that they think "might" have a program to help with a sliding payment scale but they weren't even sure about that. [more inside]
posted by myShanon on Sep 12, 2013 - 23 answers

My cat has a lump and I'm freaking out. Please help.

I'm taking him to the vet this afternoon, but I'd like some input and advice before I head over there. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto on Jul 8, 2013 - 18 answers

What is this lump on the roof of my mouth?

There is a soft lump toward the front of the roof of my mouth. It is not a blister. It is not a canker sore. It might be a result of an infection where I had a root canal 6 months ago. Naturally, I think it's awful and life-ending. [more inside]
posted by kimberussell on Apr 13, 2013 - 17 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

Alarmed about a piece of me that just fell off.

A few days ago I was in the shower, and I noticed a tiny lump in the front of my armpit. Initially I thought it was a zit, so I poked it with a needle. It hurt and thus it was apparently not a zit. As I examined it closer, I saw that it was more... fleshy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 27, 2012 - 18 answers

Lump in Throat - Mystery - Help.

Sense of Strangulation in Throat [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Apr 27, 2012 - 22 answers

Lump on the pup: what do I need to be researching?

While I wait to hear results from a needle aspiration... what can you tell me about scary doggy lumps, in your experience? After getting our dog her radical spring haircut we discovered a lump, between marble and walnut-sized, on her upper front left leg, about midway above the joint, on the front of the leg. It's movable (moves around under finger pressure/movement), and doesn't seem to cause her any pain or warrant her attention at all. [more inside]
posted by taz on Mar 13, 2012 - 28 answers

What did your breast lump feel like?

What did your breast lump feel like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 - 13 answers

My lovely little lump

I have self-diagnosed the lump on the inside of my left wrist as a ganglion cyst. My GP's on a vacation for two weeks. This isn't urgent, is it? I can wait till he gets back, right guys? [more inside]
posted by sively on Jan 23, 2012 - 18 answers

Being supportive at home and from a distance

My sweet boyfriend's dearest friend has been diagnosed with Hodgikn's Lymphoma. Last time we saw him he was complaining about a lump in this throat, and saying they didn't know what it was but not to worry, he was probably just getting over an infection. Typical blase doctors, oh yeah forgot to mention, he is five years into a ten year prison sentence for some youthful foolishness. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Jan 13, 2012 - 11 answers

Elderly cat with lump on inner cheek inside mouth

I've got a 14-year-old male indoor cat with a large lump inside his mouth, on his cheek. He doesn't seem to notice or care much—he's been eating/drinking and behaving normally (alpha male). He accidentally bites down on it sometimes and causes it to bleed. It's not a substantial amount of blood, but that doesn't seem healthy. [more inside]
posted by autoclavicle on Dec 4, 2011 - 9 answers

Should we go to the ER?

YANAD. Boyfriend has pea-ish sized hard mass right above belly button which doesn't protrude. Mild sharp pain, worse after eating. Touching it doesn't cause extra pain. He's also been extra gassy and a bit constipated. First noticed the lump/pain 4-5 days ago. Our health insurance is kicking in August 1st (and it's an HMO, so don't know how fast he'll be able to see someone). Is this something he should see a doctor about immediately? Should I be taking him to an ER? Lumpy masses are scary . . .
posted by imalaowai on Jul 26, 2011 - 12 answers

What is this weird lump under my eye?

What is this weird lump under my eye? [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Jul 7, 2011 - 15 answers

Head bone's connected to what now?

Am I just stupid about neck anatomy or are these neck lumps abnormal? [more inside]
posted by UncleBoomee on Jun 3, 2011 - 9 answers

Can ya recommend some kind of tonic for BIOPSY APPREHENSION? (uninsured/cancer scare)

After a diagnostic mammogram and subsequent immediate ultrasound, the cyst discovered in last year's same tests has grown. I'm being sent for a biopsy, but have to wait TWO whole weeks due to being uninsured and going through "charity" care. I'm an anxious mess....how on earth will I survive the two weeks? AND, how long do biopsy results take? [more inside]
posted by sleeping beauty on Mar 22, 2011 - 8 answers

How worried should I be about my cat?

How worried should I be about the lump on my cat and the inconclusive results of a needle aspirate biopsy? [more inside]
posted by shoreline on Mar 19, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me calm down about a possible breast lump.

I might have a lump in my breast. I am freaking out. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2010 - 34 answers

What is this growth on our kitten's elbow?

One of the kittens we're fostering has developed a weird hard nodule thing on one of his front elbows. What is it, is it bad, will he die? Pics and more inside. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme on Apr 1, 2010 - 20 answers

Doctor Visit: Testicle Lump

What can I expect to happen from my visit to the doctor for a testicle lump? [more inside]
posted by josher71 on Jan 28, 2010 - 14 answers

Should I worry about a lump that comes and goes?

A YANMD question about a bump/lump that comes and goes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2010 - 7 answers

Tryin' a feel my lump, lump

Where did the lump on my testicle go? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta on Dec 11, 2009 - 14 answers

TV-movie where a healer slides a lump under a woman's skin

[TVMoviesFilter] Trying to remember an old, cheap-looking movie from a single rememberance: in a room full of rich people, a magician/healer slides a woman's neck tumor/lump through to her finger, at which point he cuts it off with a knife. [more inside]
posted by XiBe on May 14, 2009 - 5 answers

why is it whenever I get a cold/flu I feel like there is something in my throat?

YANMD, but why is it whenever I get a cold/flu I feel like there is something stuck in my throat? [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Mar 24, 2009 - 7 answers

What's this lump and how can I fix it without health insurance?

LadyFilter: I found a lump where there should not be a lump. (And it's not on my breast.) I do not have health insurance. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 10, 2009 - 17 answers

Can I wait to have this lump checked out?

Found a distinct lump, and suspect it might be a hemorrhoid. I'm worried, though, that it could be something much worse. Can I wait for my next appointment with my doctor in two weeks or is this something I should have examined right away? If, for example, it was a tumour, would two weeks make a difference?
posted by pantheON on Feb 2, 2009 - 11 answers

ow

I fell and chipped a tooth, and have a huge bump on the back of my head. Is there any reason I shouldn't fly 13 hours tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by monkey!knife!fight! on Jan 3, 2009 - 10 answers

Goldilocks: THIS breast is too lumpy... THIS breast is too pebbly...

How worried should I be? (You are not my doctor.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 11, 2008 - 14 answers

What's wrong with my face?

I have a lump in my cheek. I had a root canal + crown about a month or so ago and noticed it when feeling my then still numb face. I can only really feel it when I open my mouth all the way, as if yawning. It's not visible, and about the size of a quarter. There's no pain, but it kind of moves a bit if I push on it.(Likes..slides a bit?) I did some research and found lots of stuff about salivary glands, but this seems a bit high up and more towards the front than the diagrams I've seen. Any ideas? I have no issues about going to the doctor, just wondering if anyone had any thoughts.
posted by PossumCupCake on Jun 2, 2008 - 5 answers

Mystery pain in sole of left foot

I suddenly developed a knot/lump and pain in the ball of my foot late last night that has persisted for 24 hours. I know it's not plantar fasciitis as I don't have stabbing pains in my heel or midfoot. [more inside]
posted by maudlin on May 7, 2008 - 8 answers

How sick is my kitten?

My kitten has a lump and hair loss. Do I need a vet visit? [more inside]
posted by starbaby on Mar 7, 2008 - 14 answers

MedicalFilter: What's this lump on my outer thigh?

BumpFilter: Last night I noticed that my right outer thigh felt different than my left. If I had to pinpoint it I'd say it's halfway between buttock and knee, on the outside of my thigh, located closer to the back of the leg than the front. I'm 23, slim and a very healthy eater. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 17, 2008 - 9 answers

He's neatly wedged under my laptop vent, having gleeful dreams while I worry...!

My kitty has a lump on the back of his leg. About the size of my thumbnail and under the skin. By 'back of leg' I mean that ruffle of fur on the edge of his flank/rump/upper thigh... bit. Should I post a pic? -Ask :) Anyway it's about in the middle of that section and slightly to the inside. It was quite firm but not hard and felt evenly textured (like a gummi bear? but more solid). He didn't even register when I stunbled upon it. It's not hot (infection) or 'ouchy' at all. I don't think it's hurting him. And I'm just about to investigate meticulously for more, but so far it's just that one. OMG!! My furry little man has cancer! Quick wise people... do you think it is? Maybe it's not, and before I wave him about in some poor vets face (and get billed accordingly!!) it's probably a good idea to ask. It could be nothing, right?
posted by mu~ha~ha~ha~har on Feb 2, 2008 - 13 answers

How do I save my cat?

I'm afraid of taking my cat to the vet because of possible accusations of animal abuse. How do I diffuse this situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2007 - 30 answers

What's this lump on my toe?

What is this weird painless lump at the base of my toe? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Jul 23, 2007 - 12 answers

What's up with this lump in my neck?

I recently noticed what appears to be a slightly swollen (pea-sized) lymph node on the left side of my neck, about halfway up the neck. I first noticed it about 5 days ago. I can feel another node next to it, but on the right side of my neck, I can feel only one node in the same place. I don't have any other symptoms that might suggest lymphoma (itching, fever, night sweats, fatigue, weight loss). The swollen node does not feel hard or fixed, and it hasn't changed size. Is there cause for concern? I do have a blemish that I've sort of been picking at on the left side of my neck, so could that be the cause of the swollen node? I guess it's possible that this node has always been there but I haven't noticed it before. I do have hypochondriac tendencies. I'm 26 and had mono about four years ago.
posted by zembla3 on Jun 28, 2007 - 23 answers

What

Medical Filter: I have a small, nondiscolored, slow growing lump near my cheek bone. What could it be and what kind of doctor could help me? [more inside]
posted by stuffedcrust on Mar 9, 2007 - 15 answers

I can't eat crunchy foods anymore!

I have a lump directly below my mandible and best of all, it grow to over 3 times it's size when I eat...crunchy foods. [more inside]
posted by killyb on Oct 18, 2006 - 14 answers

My lovely doggy lumps

Lumps on a Dog [more inside]
posted by ZackTM on Aug 24, 2006 - 11 answers

Help find low-cost health care in Southern California

Please help my Mother-in-law get low-cost medical care in southern California. [more inside]
posted by kamikazegopher on Jul 20, 2006 - 5 answers

Advice on this growth on my tongue?

In the last two weeks, a weird nodule has formed on the bottom of my tongue. I think it's a ranula, but I'm not a doctor and can't say that for certain. I don't have health insurance, but I gotta get rid of this thing before it gets massive and more painful. What kind of doctor do I see to get this removed? How much will something like this (getting a "thing" on your tongue removed) typically cost? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2006 - 16 answers

lumps in cats!

Why is my kitty lumpy? What ideas do you all have that can cause lumps in cats? [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 on Jun 13, 2005 - 12 answers

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