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Dear Doctor, I have so many lipoma in my back and elbow. What should I do? It creates lots of pain in muscles and back side. Please help

Dear Doctor, I have so many lipoma in my back and elbow. What should I do? It creates lots of pain in muscles and back side. Please help

You most likely: Have MULTIPLE LIPOMATA a GENETIC disorder. If this is properly Diagnosed the "rule" is have ONLY THOSE WHICH give you PAIN or SUDDENLY ENLARGE or become HARD? FIXED removed! You should be followed by a Health Care Provider who understands the disorder and how to follow patients with the disoprder.
Hope this helps!
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Benign Lipoma (Definition)

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A small lump appeared suddenly near the inside of my elbow, about 2 weeks ago. Dr said its lipoma, it & area around are painful, could it be sarcoma?

A small lump appeared suddenly near the inside of my elbow, about 2 weeks ago. Dr said its lipoma, it & area around are painful, could it be sarcoma?

Lump dilemma: Lump inside the elbow which is painful can have several causes starting from lymph node, lipoma, cystic mass and the list goes on if we look at the given info; pain, sudden onset favor tendinitis with fluid collection from a strenous exercise more detailed history and skilful exam can clarify the matter.Sarcoma is very unlikely with this history ultrasound of the mass can provide helpful info. ...Read more

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Large lump at the top of my arm, with intermittent shooting pain through my elbow and wrist. Can a lipoma cause pain or is this something more?

Large lump at the top of my arm, with intermittent shooting pain through my elbow and wrist. Can a lipoma cause pain or is this something more?

Nerve compression: The shooting pain through your elbow and wrist could be related to a compressed nerve. Ok to check with your doc for an exam and opinion about that lump and whether it is causative. ...Read more

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I had a medial elbow mass resection (a lipoma) 3 weeks ago. Incision is beginning to heal but I feel a hardness under the skin. Normal? Scar Tissue?

I had a medial elbow mass resection (a lipoma) 3 weeks ago. Incision is beginning to heal but I feel a hardness under the skin. Normal? Scar Tissue?

May be normal: After any surgery, there can be a hardness under the scar called the healing ridge. See you doctor if you are concerned it isn't healing properly. ...Read more

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I see a lump on my upper arm more when I turn it elbow facing down palm up. In the past I was told its a lipoma now shooting arm pain what's next help?

I see a lump on my upper arm more when I turn it elbow facing down palm up. In the past I was told its a lipoma now shooting arm pain what's next help?

Doc, check it again: Shooting pain down the arm is the focus of what needs to be evaluated. It may relate to the lipoma. A lipoma, collections of fatty tissue under the skin, may occur in multiple areas of skin. If it changes size, or quality or becomes tender, it should be removed, because there may be a cancerous change in some cells. Shoot pain down arm and lipoma may be distinct problems, have both checked out. ...Read more

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Do I have to have the lipoma on my arm removed of its growing and how is the removal preformed step by step?

Do I have to have the lipoma on my arm removed of its growing and how is the removal preformed step by step?

Maybe: Normally small asymptomatic lipomas do not need to be removed other than for cosmetic reasons. However if you have a lump under the skin that is tender, painful, or growing rapidly it should probably be removed and biopsied. Usually this can be done in an office setting with local anesthesia. An incision is made, the lump is identified and removed and then the skin is closed with sutures. ...Read more

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I have one lipoma located on my lower left back when I press on it it hurts. I have another one on my arm and when I press on it it don't hurt?

I have one lipoma located on my lower left back when I press on it it hurts. I have another one on my arm and when I press on it it don't hurt?

Near nerve: Lipomas are benign fat lesions. For the most part malignant transformation does not occur and lesions remain dormant in growth patterns and are unassociated with pain. Should a benign lipoma grow to more than 10 cm., become painful and adhere to surrounding structures they need bx. If smaller lipoma is painful, it is growing or associated with an adjacent sensory nerve. ...Read more

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Can lipoma in the back cause pain down the arm?

Can lipoma in the back cause pain down the arm?

Depends on: Location and size, but not likely, if you can be sure that it is lipoma and nothing more serious. Get a surgeon to look at it just to make sure that it is indeed nothing more than lipoma and whether it is cause of your pain. ...Read more

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What kind of Dr will remove a lipoma? How is it removed from your face, left and arm?

What kind of Dr will remove a lipoma? How is it removed from your face, left and arm?

Surgeon: Lipoma can be multiple and recur. If they are growing or are located in a sensitive area, a recommendation for surgical removal is made. Outpatient surgery is ususally adequate, so you can avoid hospital stay. Take friend/family with you to your appointment to help ask questions. Be well. ...Read more

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What is this slowly growing lump on my arm? Not too hard. Maybe lipoma?

What is this slowly growing lump on my arm? Not too hard. Maybe lipoma?

Could be: Could be, see your physician to rule out a malignant growth. ...Read more

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Are there any at home remedies I can use to get rid of a large lipoma I have on my arm?

Are there any at home remedies I can use to get rid of a large lipoma I have on my arm?

No.: Unfortunately, the only way to get rid of a lipoma is to surgically remove it. Happily, these are often very minor operations that can be performed in an office setting under local anesthesia in less than 30 minutes. If this lipoma is interfering with the quality of your life, I recommend seeing a surgeon. ...Read more

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If I want to be seen for a lipoma on right upper arm that I think is growing were do I go what's the first step to take?

If I want to be seen for a lipoma on right upper arm that I think is growing were do I go what's the first step to take?

Start with reg doc: Just start with your regular doc. Depending on the size and location of the lipoma, it should be fairly straightforward to remove. They will likely set you up with a surgeon to have it further evaluated and removed. ...Read more

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How can I tell if this lump on my arm. Is really a lipoma I was told by a nurse a long time ago. But im not sure. Help?

How can I tell if this lump on my arm. Is really a lipoma I was told by a nurse a long time ago. But im not sure. Help?

MRI: Unlike most soft tissue tumors, you can diagnose a lipoma confidently with an mri. If it looks like a lipoma on mri, you don't need a biopsy or surgery. ...Read more

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I have a lipoma on my fore arm, and another one seems to b growin right nxt to it! Please suggest me how to get rid of them.

I have a lipoma on my fore arm, and another one seems to b growin right nxt to it! Please suggest me how to get rid of them.

Not a DIY project: First of all, this is not a do-it-yourself project. Assuming the diagnosis is correct, lipomas can be removed through a minor surgery (even in the office). Lipomas do not have to be removed - unless they are causing you some sort of distress. Check this out with your doctor to be sure you're on the right track. Lgromkomd. ...Read more

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I think I have a lipoma on my arm. Which kind of doctor can remove it?

I think I have a lipoma on my arm. Which kind of doctor can remove it?

Surgeon: Lipomas are very common benign tumors that are usually located just under the skin, but may be as deep as the muscle layer. Many different surgical specialists are trained to perform this operation, including general surgeons, plastic surgeons, and hand surgeons. ...Read more

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I have lipoma since 5 years on my arm, now it's a bit bigger 1.5 cm to 2 cm, it's hurt a bit when I pres can this be cancer grow or normal grow?

I have lipoma since 5 years on my arm, now it's a bit bigger 1.5 cm to 2 cm, it's hurt a bit when I pres can this be cancer grow or normal grow?

Unlikely: Cancer tends to be very hard and grow very fast. It would be unlikely that a mass you had for 5 years is cancer. Still, if it growing now you should have it checked. A biopsy will prove that it it benign and It is easier to remove when it is 1.5-2 cm than when it is 10 cm ...Read more

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Can a liposarcoma appear as a lipoma on ultrasound? And do they cause sharp pain? Can they occur in the arm?

Can a liposarcoma appear as a lipoma on ultrasound? And do they cause sharp pain? Can they occur in the arm?

No pain: Liposarcomas can arise where ever fat is present in the abdomen and extremities. When malignant transformation occurs it does not do so uniformly throughout a relatively large lesion. To be sure of pathology whole lesion should be resected and one can find lipoma with select areas of malignant transformation as well as myxomatous components. Pain is rarely associated with lipoSa. Sono of no value ...Read more

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I have a medium sized ball in the back of my arm. It's located in my arm fat, its hard. Could it be lipoma, a cyst, or a tumor? .

I have a medium sized ball in the back of my arm. It's located in my arm fat, its hard. Could it be lipoma, a cyst, or a tumor? .

Any of the above: One needs to examine and even biopsy the area to get you the answer. In fact, you have already narrowed down the potential diagnosis yourself. ...Read more

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Lipoma right upper arm getting shooting pains in my arm in witch I also had a picc line in same arm for two days help what's the next step?

Lipoma right upper arm getting shooting pains in my arm in witch I also had a picc line in same arm for two days help what's the next step?

Talk with your doc: If you have the picc line right now or recently, please talk with your doc now. Important to check for infection or clot. If the picc line was a long time ago, you still should talk with your doc soon. Hope you feel better. ...Read more

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If I was to go to an urgent care center for arm pain with a lipoma what will they do because my arm gets weak n painful pretty much my whole arm.

If I was to go to an urgent care center for arm pain with a lipoma what will they do because my arm gets weak n painful pretty much my whole arm.

Different problems: Most lipomas are superficial in the skin and subcutaneous fat. They shouldn't cause arm weakness or numbness unless directly overlying a nerve. On the other hand, arm weakness or numbness can be symptoms of much more serious problems such as thoracic outlet syndrome, vascular insufficiency, or spinal cord pathology. You definitely need to see a dr for a complete history and physical exam. ...Read more

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Hard lump somewhat deep under skin on outer upper left arm. Feels about the size of a dime. Gotten bigger over the last month. Doesn't move. Lipoma?

Hard lump somewhat deep under skin on outer upper left arm. Feels about the size of a dime. Gotten bigger over the last month. Doesn't move. Lipoma?

Maybe: There are many tumors that can grow larger as well as things like ganglions etc. You need a consult with a dermatologist, a surgeon, or an onchologist. ...Read more

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Lipoma upper right arm and for the past two days I've been getting pain on the side of my arm but I also had a IV that went by heart port I think hurts?

Lipoma upper right arm and for the past two days I've been getting pain on the side of my arm but I also had a IV that went by heart port I think hurts?

Two different things: Lipoma is collection of fat in one area. Swelling secondary to starting an IV could represent hematoma, a collection of blood slowly oozing from iv. Both can be painful. Swelling from IV should go away in few weeks time. ...Read more

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I have a lump in my arm I was told it was a lipoma what is that and how do I get rid of it. And is it dangerous?

I have a lump in my arm I was told it was a lipoma what is that and how do I get rid of it. And is it dangerous?

Benign Fatty Tumor: Lipomas are non cancerous growths that may occur anywhere on your body, usually evident as a rubbery lump that can be felt just under the skin. They can be easily removed (often under local anesthesia in an office-setting, depending on it's size and location). Removal is advised if it is enlarging or causing discomfort, although many request removal for aesthetic reasons. ...Read more