Sometime back I kept knocking my stomach, particularly about my navel, when I walked through partly closed door. At the same time I would bounce my new baby niece on my tummy. A good while after that I noticed a dull pain that emanated from my navel. I had it checked out. No growth or bulges & nothing showed up on the ultrasound. We thought maybe I tore a muscle in my abdomen. I learned to live with it, even doing pilates & losing weight. The area was tender & would only bother me during my period or after intense exercise.
However recently I hit my navel in that same door and noticed soon after a dark lump just below my navel. The pain is the same but a bit more intense. I was told in a rushed examination that I maybe a hernia. Could that be it? Everything I read on hernia doesn't sound close to what I'm experiencing.
What do you think?
It is impossible to diagnose your problem without a clinical examination (inspection and palpation). A hernia located on the middle frontal abdominal line is called a ventral hernia. Usually, it is not painful except if it is complicated with incarceration which can be a life threatening condition. It looks like a lump with no color and is soft on palpation. It can be pulled back in the abdomen when pressed. Sometimes it can pulll back spontaneously and show again later.
A painful dark lump could indicate blood collection (hematoma) under the skin. You may want to visit your GP in order to check this new possibility.
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