Saturday, June 19, 2010

Well It Ain't a Tumor...

Funny thing about losing weight. The body changes. A lot. In ways one would not expect.

Awhile back, I had the experience of shock and horror when I felt a big hard lump in my side. I was really scared for a few minutes... until I figured out that it was my hip bone. Yeah, obviously it has been there all along, even when I was thin in my 20's, but I guess I never noticed it back then and I somehow forgot how it felt. When you are used to running your hands over your body and feeling, well, just cushy thick fat and softness, it is rather alarming to feel something hard all of a sudden.

It happened again this week. I was lying on my back in bed and I was feeling my stomach, noticing how it is sort of concave now and does not bulge out like a mountain when I lie down. Then I noticed this big, round LUMP near my belly button. Not a little bump like a hernia, but a big area like a MASS. It scared me to pieces. Every day I'd lie down and feel for this lump. I was googling everything imaginable and thinking OMG, I finally lost weight and now I am gonna have a tumor!! I was debating a doctor's visit but thinking about how silly I would feel if he told me it was some random internal organ I'd had all my life.

So I've been worrying and reading and wondering if it is part of my bowel (as some websites suggested). This morning, I felt for the lump and it was gone. Uh, maybe my bowels were empty. Hmmm. Anyway there is absolutely nothing there now, so at least it ain't a tumor. But yeah, it is kind of creepy feeling one's internal organs through the skin. ::shudder::

19 comments:

froggy said...

Just as long as you don't feel a tickling in your chest, in the center, like some alien is trying to get out...

Lyn said...

LOL!! Froggy! I was permanently scarred by watching V when it was on in the 80's as a young teen. I think I would be RACING to the ER if I felt such a thing :)

spunkysuzi said...

Oh my, i just about spit out my water when i read the comments :)
You might want to get it checked out anyway just for peace of mind.

I Said So... said...

Well, thank God it's not a tumor! Glad you're finding your bones, though! :)
Keep shrinking!

Diana said...

So funny because I remember when I felt my hipbone for the first time in years (this was about two years ago). I was on my side, in bed, and my hand brushed against this hard thing sticking out of my hip. I was, oh my God, what is THAT? Yup, it was my hip bone.

I was feeling it again this morning, remembering that moment two years ago. It just reinforces I want to stick with this healthy lifestyle for life. I like my hip bone jutting out. :)

Amy said...

I had almost the exact same thing happen. I was feeling down my side and I thought a felt a lump, turns out it was muscle and my ribs. I think I actually asked my Dr. about it.

I can now cross my legs like a lady. I never did before and now it feels great to do it.

So weird. Thank you for reminding me.

Mom to the Fourth Power said...

This is so funny! Just like Diana above, I have also felt my hip bone and thought "what is that?" Crazy what we feel when we lose weight!

~Margene

Anonymous said...

If only we felt the same fear when gaining weight and encountering those growing blobs of fat tissue. ::SIGH::

Rachel said...

Hahaha! I LOVE this post! After I lost maybe 20 pounds, I was sitting in traffic and ran my hand down my leg, over my thigh and knee. I was SHOCKED to feel how bony and HARD my knee was!

midlife_swimmer said...

I trip out on new body stuff all the time Even when i am not loosing but changing it is interesting to see what stuff feels like here and there.

Lori said...

I had the same experience, but I went to the doctor. He was very calm and professional. He did not laugh in my face at all when he told me it was a mass of adipose (fat) tissue that was a little more stubborn than those around it.
Lori

Colleen said...

I know what you mean. I had a similar experience with a lump in my armpit near my breast. Very scary.

screwdestiny said...

Lol! Yeah, I often feel lumps in my stomach if I ate something that's making it feel weird or something and blocking the intestines. I'm glad you're not freaked out anymore. :)

Jennifer said...

Lyn- I was totally smiling throughout this whole post! I found my hip bones too! Who knew? Another bone I have found and dont enjoy at this time...my tailbone. I must have had an awful lot of cushion before but now when I sit I actually get uncomfortable. Like several times a day! I keep feeling it like I am expecting to find a bump or something wrong. hehe. And something I am going to post on my blog soon...(and all the girls at the gym think this is hillarious) I was on the elliptical and looking in the mirror in front of me. i was trying to figure out for the life of me what the shadow was on my neck/upper chest was. It was moving and I couldnt figure it out for the longest time.
i kept looking above me and around me. Then it dawned on me... duuuuuuhhhhhh. It was my collarbone!!!!!!!! And apparently when on the elliptical it moves.

And that reminds me...I know you said you have knee problems but there are lots of people who do at the gym and they say that the elliptical doesnt bother them? Wondering if you ever tried it or considered? It isnt running like you said you wanted to do but pretty darn close in my opinion. Just thought I would mention it!

Have a great weekend!

Jennifer
http://wecanlosethepounds.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

ROFLOL, Praise the Lord it was nothing. Yes it is funny having that hip bone stick out after how ever long of being well padded!

Mother Of Many

clickmom said...

Hahaha. I did the same thing lying on my side feeling my own hips. Weird, right?

Ms. PJ Geek said...

I have to admit after losing over a hundred pounds, when I'm lying in bed and my tummy is flat I'm feeling Pretty Proud. The problem is that other things( farther north) are laying in sideways , floppy directions too. Gravity . Age 47. Need I say more?

Lanie Painie said...

I recently read the novel "Best Friends Forever" by Jennifer Wiener and the main character had a similar experience to yours - first her hip bone and then a lump in her stomach which she was convinced (once again) was terminal cancer.

I can't wait to find my hip bones. I think I'm going to go take a walk right now!

thru.these.eyes said...

What an interesting experience! I laughed when you realized it was your hip bone. Lyn - I want to say I just found your blog and have fallen in love with your writing!