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I have always had a small appetite but over the past 3-4 months my appetite has got smaller and smaller. A couple of weeks ago it disappeared completely. At around that time I also noticed a firm (ish) lump under the skin and just above my belly button. It was oval in shape, stretching upwards for 3-4 cm and it doubled in size overnight. I also experienced sudden weight gain in January - I put on 20 or so pounds in the course of about a month. Bearing in mind I wasn't eating much at the time this seemed very strange.
I went to see my doctor and they referred me for a blood test. The blood test came back completely clear - no diabetes, thyroid problems, coeliac disease, kidney/liver/iron/ calcium problems. I am waiting for an ultrasound scan but that hasn't happened yet. The doctor thinks the lump may be just some muscle that's come to the surface - but then she only felt it after it had doubled in size and got softer.
I have always had a small appetite and when I am busy I tend not to eat very much so my appetite shrinks. I have been very busy over the past few months - could it be that my appetite has just shrunk to nothing? But this would not explain the sudden weight gain/ abdominal lump. my appetite is gradually increasing now that I am off work and able to focus on eating little and often but it is still not huge.
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