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  • Posted By: vixieme
  • October 29, 2006
  • 01:12 PM

My doctor just found a lump on my back,,he said it was a benign lipoma. My question is, that i have been having alot of pain in my shoulder blade for awhile. He said it is not related, but the pain seems to follow the same track as the tumor is located. I also have a history of Arthritis, and wonder if that has caused the lipoma. I have no insurance at this time, so can not see exactally what is causing the pain, could u please give me some ideas. Thanks,,,Vickie

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  • Lipomas are abnormal fatty tissue growths. There seems to be some debate about what causes them, but they can he hereditary. They are harmless but can cause pressure on nerves, etc. I don't think a lipoma can be caused by arthritis, but it could be causing pressure on the nerves in your back or affecting your posture. This in turn might lead to the pain in your shoulder. Maybe you should speak to your doctor again about this and ask his advice on whether it would be worth having it removed (a bloody but not usually serious operation). Otherwise, sit up straight girl and keep that back of yours moving:)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 29, 2006
    • 05:04 PM
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  • My doctor just found a lump on my back,,he said it was a benign lipoma. My question is, that i have been having alot of pain in my shoulder blade for awhile. He said it is not related, but the pain seems to follow the same track as the tumor is located. I also have a history of Arthritis, and wonder if that has caused the lipoma. I have no insurance at this time, so can not see exactally what is causing the pain, could u please give me some ideas. Thanks,,,Vickie My other question was, at this point in time,,the lipoma is about, or maybe a bit bigger than a half dollar,,,could u tell me apprximatly how long it would take to get that size...thanks for all ur help,,,Vickie
    vixieme 1 Replies
    • October 29, 2006
    • 09:41 PM
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  • My other question was, at this point in time,,the lipoma is about, or maybe a bit bigger than a half dollar,,,could u tell me apprximatly how long it would take to get that size...thanks for all ur help,,,Vickie Vickie, not really. I think their growth rate is very slow, but it depends on the individual. I have one on my side that I discovered about 12 years ago. It was the same size as yours and hasn't grown since. If it is not causing any discomfort and is not unsightly, it is probably best to try and ignore it. I'd actually forgotten about mine until your post jogged my memory.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 30, 2006
    • 11:07 AM
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  • I have multiple lipomas through my body, Im not sure if I have any on my back, but there are too many to count. I am also experiencing some sort of arthritis type of pain. I am a musician and it is definitely affecting my playing but I also have this same pain in my elbow and shoulder, only on the right side. My suggestion is that maybe the lipomas are causing the arthritis and not the other way around.
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