Many people wonder if small bumps or lumps on the body are something to worry about. The majority of lumps that appear on your body are harmless, especially the kind that feel soft and roll easily (lipomas). See skin lumps for details.
However, always be sure to show any new or changing lumps to your doctor.
Definition A lump in the abdomen is a soft bulge of tissue or a small, local area of swelling in the belly area. See also: Abdominal mass Alternative Names Abdominal hernia; Hernia - abdominal; Abdominal wall defects; Lump in the abdominal wall; Abdominal wall mass Common Causes Most often, a lump in the abdomen is caused by a hernia. An abdominal hernia occurs when there is an area where the muscles are weak. This allows the internal organs to bulge through the abdominal wall. A hernia may not appear until after you strain, lift something heavy, or have a prolonged period of coughing. There are several types of hernias, based on where they occur: Inguinal hernia appears as a bulge in the groin or scrotum. This type is more common in men than women. Incisional hernia can occur through a scar if you have had abdominal surgery. Umbilical hernia appears as a bulge around the belly button. It occurs when the muscle around the navel doesn't close completely. Other causes of the lump in the abdominal...
Research engineers and sleep medicine specialists from two Michigan universities have issued the result of a study that discusses how a sleep study can be used to determine other sleep disorders, including insomnia and fibromyalgia .
Joseph W. Burns, a research scientist and engineer at the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) also suggested that "It may even become possible for people to take sleep tests -- simpler and more effective than some of those currently available -- at home where they can sleep in their own familiar beds."
Let us look at two troublesome disorders that, although not actually sleep disorders, do tend to disrupt sleep.
CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a debilitating and complex disorder. It causes severe fatigue, weakness, muscle pain, an inability to concentrate and insomnia.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder of the muscles characterized by fatigue, sleep disturbances, and tenderness.
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