It does sound like you have diagnosed the problem yourself correctly and have developed an umbilical hernia. They can develop in adults who are overweight or doing lots of heavy lifting such as weight training. Unfortunately they do not disappear without treatment and the only treatment option is surgery. An operation to repair the weakness in the tummy wall is considered quite routine and straightforward. It is usually done to prevent the problem getting worse and before any bowels can get trapped inside (strangulation). Your GP will be able to refer you to a general surgeon who can advise if an operation is needed in your case.
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