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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi
Yesterday I noticed a localized pain on the right side of my back. Just under the ribcage and slightly above love-handle fatty area. After probing around the painful area with my hand, I felt a small lump there (about half an inch in diameter). When i pinpointed the lump and pressed against it it produced more pain (not severe pain but pain nonetheless). The lump is not visible but can be felt, there are no visible protrusions, and I cannot always find it it takes a bit of probing around to pinpoint it. It seems to be deep under the skin.

Sometimes If I stand in a certain angle or bend my back in a certain way I get a moderate flash of pain. When I press against the lump with my finger, the pain I get feels quite similar to pushing against a large acne pimple. Although I'm almost certain its not acne as its in an odd spot and producing much more pain than acne pimples.

At the current time the area of the lump is uncomfortable and has a dull ache feel to it, exacerbated by pressing against the lump.

What might I have? What should i be worrying about?

I am Male, 29 years old, i rarely exercise, i smoke about 5 to 10 cigarettes a day. I am not overweight (78kg) and 176cm tall I rarely drink and i'm not on any medication. No significant history of cancer in my family. My blood pressure is normal and I am usually in good health.
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Doctor :   Please give your Age,Location, Occupation, Marital status, Height, Weight
User :   hi
User :   i am 29, married, 176 cm and 78-80 kg
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have any other symptoms?
Doctor :   Like fever
User :   none other than the dull pain i'm feeling at the moment
User :   no fever
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Is there any color change over the swelling?
User :   None
Doctor :   Ok
User :   and the swelling cannot really be seen
User :   just felt by hand
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Skin Over the swelling?
User :   the thing is its right where my love handles are
User :   so its got some fat around it so its not sticking out or protruding
Doctor :   OK
User :   so just by eyeing it , the skin and area looks totally normal
Doctor :   Is it a hard or soft swelling?
User :   hard to tell but it doesn't feel solid hard like a rock
Doctor :   Ok
User :   i can sort of push it in
User :   like hard rubber perhaps
Doctor :   Are you able to pinch the skin over it?
User :   a wide pinch yes but not a small pinch
Doctor :   Ok
User :   but yes pretty much
Doctor :   So it is separated from the skin?
User :   What do you mean?
User :   no it feels like its in the skin
Doctor :   It it not a origin from skin?
User :   but deep inside
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you smoke or consume alcohol?
User :   As stated before i do smoke and rarely drink alcohol
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :  
I would suggest you get a physical examination done by your family physician
User :   yes i'm going to do that anyway but i'm wondering what i might be based on the information you have
Doctor :   It doesn't look like an cancerous swelling
Doctor :   Neither a infectious swelling
User :   What does the fact that its painful tell you though?
Doctor :   It could lymph node
Doctor :   'be
Doctor :   Swelling
User :   ok
Doctor :   Is there any thing else I can help you with?
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