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Doctor insights on: Painful Lump On Upper Left Abdomen

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CT Scan benefit outweigh the risk? I'm 23 with 3 CT scans already. Doctors concerned about chronic upper left abdomen pain radiating to back.

CT Scan benefit outweigh the risk? I'm 23 with 3 CT scans already. Doctors concerned about chronic upper left abdomen pain radiating to back.

Depends: It depends on what your dr is concerned about. CT scans do provide significant radiation exposure. Some causes of left upper abdominal pain can e assessed by ultrasound or endoscopy, depending on your other symptoms and risks. If however, your doctor can provide good reason why CT scan is necessary, then it is probably worth doing. You can always seek a second opinion. ...Read more

Upper Left Abdomen (Definition)

This is the area below the ribs on the left side of the abdomen. This generally referred to as ...Read more


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I have a smooth hard lump in my upper left abdomen. It is painful when prodded. There is nothing to see externally but it is easily felt.

I have a smooth hard lump in my upper left abdomen. It is painful when prodded. There is nothing to see externally but it is easily felt.

Lipoma: Most likely is a lipoma which is a collection of fat in the skin. They are usually a bit mobile and can be tender. Have a doctor take a look at it. ...Read more

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My 2 year old son has a soft lump on his upper left abdomen it doesn't seem to be painful but is very visible should I be concerned?

My 2 year old son has a soft lump on his upper left abdomen it doesn't seem to be painful but is very visible should I be concerned?

Needs to be seen: Any skin lesions or swelling or masses need to evaluated by a physician before an opinion can be given. In your case your son will have to be seen. ...Read more

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Yesterday, I noticed a slight lump/bulge on my upper left abdomen below my rib cage after dinner. It is not painful. Is this anything to worry about?

Not yet.: I wouldn't worry too much just yet. It could be a harmless cyst or deposit of fat called a lipoma. It's something your doc should check out - not urgently, though. If it's not painful and you have no other symptoms, it could be done within 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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I have a pain and lump in my upper left abdomen under the rib cage what could this be?

I have a pain and lump in my upper left abdomen under the rib cage what could this be?

Some thoughts...: Any new painful lump should be checked out by your doctor soon. It's really hard to say without a thorough exam or more history. Some thoughts include a sebaceous cyst, a lipoma, a blood collection from trauma, or the beginning of an abscess formation. Good luck and be sure to get it checked out! ...Read more

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I have occasional pain in my upper left abdomen, gallbladder is removed, soft lump on arch of right foot. I was told after gallbladder was removed I had a bit of fatty build up. But I didn't need to change my diet. Could this be a liver issue?

I have occasional pain in my upper left abdomen, gallbladder is removed, soft lump on arch of right foot. I was told after gallbladder was removed I had a bit of fatty build up. But I didn't need to change my diet. Could this be a liver issue?

Gastroenterologist: I recommend an evaluation by a gastroenterologist. Causes of left upper abdominal discomfort include disorders of spleen, stomach, pancreas, common bile duct or portions of the colon which takes a 90 degree turn there and can cause gas entrapment. I don't consider the liver or complications of gall bladder surgery to be a cause of your discomfort. ...Read more

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Really small lump not visible but palpable in the lower left abdomen. It's not painful and I don't have other symptoms. What could it be?

Lump in abdomen: It's hard to tell what it could be. I would watch for any symptoms: enlarging size, pain, nausea/vomiting, chances in stool (either constipation or diarrhea). It wouldn't be a bad idea to see your doc and get it evaluated. ...Read more

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My 22 y/o boyfriend notice a hard lump in his lower left abdomen sometimes painful somedays it larger&harder than others & somedays his testicald hurt?

My 22 y/o boyfriend notice a hard lump in his lower left abdomen sometimes painful somedays it larger&harder than others & somedays his testicald hurt?

Sounds like a hernia: Probably a hernia. Ok to see a primary care provider for an exam. No emergency is its not too painful, but should get it checked out. Timing of evaluation depends on length of time it has been there, and severity of symptoms. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have a small painful lump (stings sometimes) that appears on the left side of my abdomen about once a month, close to my cycle. Are the two related?

I have a small painful lump (stings sometimes) that appears on the left side of my abdomen about once a month, close to my cycle. Are the two related?

Left abdominal lump: Maybe as there are hormonal changes. Is it a lump or pimple/ vesicles on the skin? If a lump may be a lymph nodes, if vesicles may be a shingles outbreak. Would f/u with doc very very rarely cyclic lymph nodes may be related to autoimmune process. ...Read more

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Hi I have a lump in my Lower left abdomen it's extremely painful when lent on or pressed. Lumps egg sized. Not constipated thanks.

Hi I have a lump in my Lower left abdomen it's extremely painful when lent on or pressed. Lumps egg sized. Not constipated thanks.

Could be a hernia: The first thing that comes to mind with the above description is an incarcerated hernia, although there could be other causes as well. An incarcerated hernia is potentially, but not always a surgical emergency. It would require a hands-on examination by a surgeon to make that determination. Sometimes it requires immediate operation to prevent or treat gangrenous bowel. ...Read more

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I have a small lump in my upper abdomen. It is slightly left of my sternum. It is not painful, unless I manipulate it excessively. No symptoms noted.?

I have a small lump in my upper abdomen. It is slightly left of my sternum. It is not painful, unless I manipulate it excessively. No symptoms noted.?

Have it checked: From your description it seems it is in the abdominal wall. It may be a cyst, lipoma (a fatty tumor)or some other benign tumor.Consult your medical doctor, and have it examined. ...Read more

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Pain in upper left abdomen for the whole day! Started after eating breakfast this morning less painful after pressure is applied?

Pain in upper left abdomen for the whole day! Started after eating breakfast this morning less painful after pressure is applied?

Possible gastritis: Especially if this occurs frequently, it could be a sign of gastritis, an irritation of the stomach lining, or even early ulcer disease changes. You can try taking antacids and similar over-the-counter medications, but if it persists, you should have a medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Last night I had a very painful warm internal sensation in my upper left abdomen, &it continued this AM. My period is irregular& I've been spotting.?

Last night I had a very painful warm internal sensation in my upper left abdomen, &it continued this AM. My period is irregular& I've been spotting.?

Please get examined: I suspect your left upper abdominal pain is unrelated to your abnormal period...but I wouldn't try to diagnose your symptoms on the basis of the limited information available. You really do need to be examined to diagnose these symptoms. If the pain is severe or bleeding is severe go to the ER. Otherwise see a physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Should I go to er? I have had back pain, chest pain, and slight shortness of breath for well over a week now. In the past couple of days, my upper left abdomen has swollen, is extremely painful, and very tender to the touch. My left side and my back also

Hello.: Hello. I can't diagnose your condition. However you describe severe pain in the left upper quadrant of your abdomen with swelling and tenderness to palpation. You also have nausea as well as shortness of breath with pain extending into the chest and back. I think that this constellation of symptoms would warrant an evaluation at an emergency room. Take care. I hope you are feeling better soon. ...Read more

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What cause upper left abdominal pain feels like it's pulling through chest front of neck &under jaw? Upper left abdomen very painful & tender to touch

What cause upper left abdominal pain feels like it's pulling through chest front of neck &under jaw? Upper left abdomen very painful & tender to touch

LUQ anatomy: Anatomically, the left upper quadrant (luq) of abdomen includes: spleen, pancreatic tail, stomach, descending duodenum, splenic flexure of the colon, associated vessels. Don't forget the diaphragm, heart, and lower chest are pretty close by. The abdominal musculature, ribs, and skin can all contribute as well to localizing luq pain. Get examined now please for clarity of diagnosis & treatment. ...Read more

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I have a very small lump on the left side of my abdomen area underneath the rib cage.?

I have a very small lump on the left side of my abdomen area underneath the rib cage.?

Tummy exercise lump: More history is required. Is it stable in size or does it change with bearing down/coughing. Is it fixed in location or relatively mobile?
Are there any overlying skin changes? Any alteration in bowel habits. Any relation to food intake? Etc.
Dicsuss this with you primary care physician and do not ignore it. ...Read more

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Have about 10 tiny hard lumps under skin across upper abdomen. Not painful. What might this be?

Have about 10 tiny hard lumps under skin across upper abdomen. Not painful. What might this be?

Likely benign: Tiny lumps under the skin can be due to several things. If these don't move about under the skin when you push on them, they are probably skin cysts. IF they are deep in the skin and feel squishy, they may be noncancerous fatty growths called lipomas. If they move about under the skin and you think they are growing, then I suggest being seen to make sure that they are not lymph nodes.
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I have developed a small thing on left of my abdomen. It is bigger than pimple but smaller than lump. Should I be worried?

I have developed a small thing on left of my abdomen. It is bigger than pimple but smaller than lump. Should I be worried?

Lump: Let's assume you should be worried and make an appointment to see your doctor.
You should contact the doctor and if the time for examination by the doctor is too long, please go to the nearest Emergency facility.

Please let me know how things go. ...Read more

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Almond shaped lump under skin, lower right side abdomen. Can feel while lying down, more promenant while standing, slightly painful to touch?

Almond shaped lump under skin, lower right side abdomen. Can feel while lying down, more promenant while standing, slightly painful to touch?

Could be a cyst: Could be a cyst, or a lipoma which is a benign fatty tumor, or a oil gland cyst, there is nothing else possible in this location.
nothing to worry about, if it becomes infected, or larger see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have a lump in the lower part of my abdomen at both the sides ie. Around the area of the kidneys. The lumps feel painful when pressed slightly.

I have a lump in the lower part of my abdomen at both the sides ie. Around the area of the kidneys. The lumps feel painful when pressed slightly.

Ab lumps: There are several possibilities including hernia and infection. Please see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I've had a lump on the left side of my abdomen area underneath the rib cage, I notice this since 2008 and I felt pain sometimes. Can this be treated?

Yes: If it has been there for 4 years and is not growing, it is most likely a lipoma (benign fatty tumor) or a sebaceous cyst. Either can be removed surgically if it is bothering you. ...Read more

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I have a small lump, maybe a little less than an inch long, on the left of my abdomen, next to my rib cage. It does not hurt. Should I be concerned?

I have a small lump, maybe a little less than an inch long, on the left of my abdomen, next to my rib cage. It does not hurt. Should I be concerned?

How long?: If it has been there for long time it is probably benign such as q cyst or fatty tumor. If it is recent there are other possibilities which would require a minor biopsy for a definite diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more