You have some abdominal discomfort and a lump in the left lower abdomen. There could be a number of explanations for your symptoms, so it is important to make an appointment with your primary care doctor
. It sounds like a chronic issue given that it has been going on for about two years as you mentioned. The differential diagnosis could be a hernia
or diverticular disease. Hernias can develop if a person has weakened layers of the abdominal wall. The compromised area can allow portions of the bowel to protrude through and form a lump that you can see. It can sometimes be pushed back in. It is associated with abdominal discomfort. It is worsened with increased abdominal pressures such as lifting heavy objects or coughing. It can be develop into a serious condition if part of the bowel rotates on itself. If it does, it is usually associated with severe pain. Another possibility is diverticular disease. Diverticulitis
is inflammation of infection of a diverticulum of the colon. A diverticulum is a small outpouching of the colon. It can be associated with pain, fevers, constipation. It is usually located in the left lower quadrant of the abdomen. Again, you should make an appointment with your primary care doctor to have your symptoms evaluated more thoroughly.