Hope everyone is doing well. I recently moved back home after graduating college. I plan to get a job and move out as quickly as I can, but I have recently run into some issues that are really bothering me. I want to visit a doctor and explain what these issues are, but I cannot afford a doctor's visit, nor the exams that the physician will need to have me undergo in order to examine these issues.
So here is where my issues arise. I do not have health insurance. When I was a college student, I recieved a discount on exams at the student health center. Since I have moved back home and the university I attended is four hours away, that is no longer an option. My parents had health insurance for themselves and recently said they expanded their plan to include myself and my siblings, but they have yet to respond to my questions about the health insurance, and I feel like they opted out of the plan.
Because I live with my parents, low-income clinics need to see tax information for the entire household, not just myself, and so they also cannot give me a discount on exams and doctor's visits. I am not sure what to do our who to turn to, but I really need advice or some insight into this situation.
As for the issue I have, it is a lump on my left thigh. It is on the outer part of the thigh, about four inches above the knee. I don't know how long it has been here, but I noticed it a few months ago. It does not hurt and it is not a well-defined lump, either. It is not raised very much. I have attached pictures of my left leg and my right leg, so you all can see what I mean (and also that I am not crazying myself out).
I tried my best not to google, but I did and I am so scared that I have cancer, because those are the only options that came up when I searched. When i looked up pictures of lipomas -- which are supposed to be benign fat deposits -- my leg leg looked nothing like what I came up. Those are very raised, very well defined lumps. Not like mine.
I am so scared, and I want to go to a doctor to be examined, but I have limited options, as I said before. I would like some advice or insight into this situation.