Hernias typically get bigger when you increase pressure behind them. So take a deep breath and bear down like you're having a bowel movement (but don't!). If the bulge gets bigger, yeah, it might be a hernia. On the other hand, if you can relax, sometimes you can push the hernia in enough that you can feel the "hole". This physical finding is common in umbilical (belly button) hernias.
I suspect your doc probably meant "peptic ulcer" which is a generalized term for ulcers in the intestinal tract, including gastric (stomach) ulcers. Those are very unlikely to present as a painless bulge.
I assume painless since you only reported the bulge. Painful ones would make me think of infections such as folliculitis or abscesses (pus pocket). On the other hand, painless lumps could be sebaceous cysts or lipomas (fatty deposits).
The good news is that you've seen your doc. I can't speak for him/her but obviously s/he didn't go far enough in reassuring you or giving you a game plan. So my advice is to go back to the same doc (yes, the same person) and ask about what s/he thinks it is, what to do next, and what bad things need to be brought to his/her attention immediately.
thank u :) the dr said it id no way a hernia of any sort wich scares me more >.> im.... worried its cancer in the stomach or something worse... we r meeting friday to plan scans im curious could anxiety and gas cause a bulge?
after 2 weeks of working out eating healthy standing long hours ( i was leaning to 1 side at the time ive noticed ) protien shakes around 1200 cals a day or more.... also 4 Ls of water a day ( exercises include 6 min abs bike riding dumbbells sqauts and palaetes ) also abdominal massages to try loosen up the abdominal fat ( i am skinny ) i noticed the left side poking out alot more then the right side next to the belly button... i thought :o ab!!??? then i realised no swelling... with a dul pain that radiates sometimes down to my hip bone im having a masive anxiety attack over this or its real ? first thing i thought was stomach cancer ? small intestine cancer ? then i thought i dont wanna tell my parents this and stress them out first dr said its normal just the intestine that moves i gave it 4 weeks with no exercises it was still there the 2nd dr said its abnormal but i shouldnt worry and relax come back in 2 weeks so i did so now he said he cant feel nothing while the abdominals have swollen... ( it goes up and down ) after all of this im due for scans tomorrow wich freak me out making me wanna just sleep and not worry but i cant cause i dislocated my arm for the 2nd time and cant sleep proper ive also cleaned out a house im doing up to set for ppl to rent out and there was mice feccies if theres any diseases in that ?? but the drs think im mad and no1 cares does anyone have any idea what this could be ??????( the dr also said while examined its not a hernia or a ceptic ulcer )
tomorrow i get an ultra sound and i wanna spew up im scared that if they find something ill have to sneak it around my family and get it all done also my arms dislocated the other day and im now feeling like im broken this sucks
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