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What does a lump on right lower abdomen indicate?

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My husband has a lump or enlarged muscle protrusion on his right lower abdomen, larger than the other side. He has just noticed the anomaly as he has been suffering spasmodic pain around his hip and spasms of pain on the right outside of his hip. he has been wondering if it was a pinched nerve as he has used his body like a machine all his life. He is very lean and we don't think it is his hip needing replacing. Thanks.The size of the muscle on one side of his lower abdomen is observably larger and he has never noticed this before. Could this be a hernia. he recently did some damage to his ribs hanging on a bar above his head(supposedly to straighten his spine because his back was twingy) and he felt something pop though an xray showed nothing. That caused him considerable pain and restricted his breathing on occasion but is a lot better though not entirely resolved. But he has had pain in his hip that caused him to vomit and this has been going on for a few weeks and he feels some numbness on the outside skin of his hip. I am wondering if the muscle protrusion on the right of his abdomen is related . He has recently had a PSA test but we haven't had the result s yet; however a similar test in 2004 was clear and he is basically very healthy and fit.
Posted Tue, 4 Feb 2014 in Abdominal Pain
Answered by Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar 36 minutes later
Brief Answer: Describe the lump in detail Detailed Answer: Hi It would be good if you can describe the details of the lump What is the size? Exact location from the neighboring bone? Was it sudden in appearance or enlarged all of a sudden? Is it hard of soft? Is it moving from underlying structures in between the thumb and index finger? What movements increase the appearance of the lump? Can you take a picture of the lump At this age there is a chance of hernia and growths from the bone as well. Lumps can grow from the wall or inside of the abdomen. So it is important to examine the lump and then decide how to proceed. The above possibilities will need further tests to know the exact cause. Pinched nerve may grow to a recognizable size however it also needs examination. As it requires a preliminary examination before to start thinking possibilities I suggest to see a local GP first. He can use a local pain killer or muscle spray for the pain.
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