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Weird Lumps????

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  • Posted By: Bionca
  • March 30, 2008
  • 06:23 AM

Occasionally I get a single lump that comes up under the skin and it's painful and goes red (looks like a bee sting) and stays there for about a week or so and then the lump gradually gets smaller and goes away and the redness turns into a bruise sort of colour. After the lump has gone completely, the bruise colouring is left there for a while and then goes away.

I get a lump about twice a year but the first time I had one, it was about a 2year period of time before another lump came up. They spring up in any place on my body. I've had them on my legs (upper and lower), my arms, my shoulder blade and one at the bottom of my stomach near my hip. I only ever get one lump at a time.

I asked the doctor about it and he said he doesn't know what it is or has never heard of it. Does anyone have any ideas or know what this could be?

Thank you :)

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  • What a stupid doctor! Can you change? You need a battery of blood work and, if possible, get the lump biopsied next time one appears with your new doctor.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • You need to be seen by your doctor. I have a condition called erythema nodosum. IT is a form of panniculitis. It usually occurs on the legs, sometimes arms, and occassionally on the lower waste. It starts out like a red mark, and then the lumps progress and become red warm stinging nodules. It feels like a really really nasty mosquito bite. The later stage becomes bruised and discolored. I have had these for years. When mine first started out I only got one. In later years it progressed to 40-50 at a time. The cause can be anything from allergies to an autoimmune disease. Mine is autoimmune. After approximately 30 tests mine was found to be autoimmune. They can last anywhere from a week to months. You absolutely need to be seen by a doctor and checked. Tell him what is going on and the next time you get one you need to have a punch or wedge biopsy done as well as blood work. It could be nothing or it could be anything from Lupus, Chrons, fungal, the list goes on and on. Sometimes it is not autoimmune but that needs to be diagnosed by your doctor. You may want to rule out some type of cancer as well. I'm not trying to scare you but I have lived with this disease for years and it does seem to progress for some people.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks so much for the replies, I have had blood tests before for lumps in my neck that were swollen but my doctor said it was just my glands and gave me antibiotics. The lumps in my neck weren't like the one's I am talking about in this thread though. He did some blood work for the neck lumps before so I think that's why he felt he didn't need to do anymore blood tests for that red lump that came up on my leg at the time which was a few months after. Yeah those lumps you have sound exactly like mine, do you have to take anything to stop it from coming back? And do you think it might be connected to something to do with my thyroid?
    Bionca 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • Glad I checked this post here too! I am not sure it is connected with your thryoid (I posted on the other thread to check your thryoid), but since the other poster mentioned autoimmune for the bumps, than do you know that thryoid problems are also often casused by autoimmune diseases? See the common thread here? Hashimotos disease and Graves disease are autoimmune diseases for the thryoid ...it is starting to look like you DO have some sort of autoimmune problem going on be it Hashimotos, Graves, or lupus or some other autoimmune disease (I think that may be where the ANA comes in)....you should be checked more throughly for autoimmune disease....chin up, it is a process, but once you know what you are dealing with....you will be able to deal with it :) If I can help further I will try....Joan
    Joan5555 316 Replies Flag this Response
  • Wow...I just found this site and am I happy I did. I have three lumps. The first one was about a month ago. I thought it was an ingrown hair or bug bite. It was at the top of my thigh. It got to be about pea size and eventually went down but I still have a bruise there. Then a second one popped out on my other leg actually like the first one. That one is now down but bruised. I still have one on the back of my thigh that is slowing going down. At one point it was the size of a quarter. It's now starting to turn to the bruising color. I do take thyroid medication for hypothyroidism although blood work never can back with a positive for it. . I am now really thinking it's more a hormone issue. I am 50 and in menopause and since I started in menopause I have had the thyroid problem and painless migraines that caused paralysis and 2 hospital stays. I never could take the pill or HRT because they caused migraines. All I know is I'm really feeling achy more and more and have no idea why. Now I have these strange lumps. I am having a saliva test taken to check on the hormone levels to see if maybe it could all be caused by that. I am seeing a doctor that beleives in intragrated medicine and he beleives it's all hormonal. So I'm wondering now if any of you have hormone issues such as menopause, problems taking the pill or thyroidism.
    dg1957 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • Wow...I just found this site and am I happy I did. I have three lumps. The first one was about a month ago. I thought it was an ingrown hair or bug bite. It was at the top of my thigh. It got to be about pea size and eventually went down but I still have a bruise there. Then a second one popped out on my other leg actually like the first one. That one is now down but bruised. I still have one on the back of my thigh that is slowing going down. At one point it was the size of a quarter. It's now starting to turn to the bruising color. I do take thyroid medication for hypothyroidism although blood work never can back with a positive for it. . I am now really thinking it's more a hormone issue. I am 50 and in menopause and since I started in menopause I have had the thyroid problem and painless migraines that caused paralysis and 2 hospital stays. I never could take the pill or HRT because they caused migraines. All I know is I'm really feeling achy more and more and have no idea why. Now I have these strange lumps. I am having a saliva test taken to check on the hormone levels to see if maybe it could all be caused by that. I am seeing a doctor that beleives in intragrated medicine and he beleives it's all hormonal. So I'm wondering now if any of you have hormone issues such as menopause, problems taking the pill or thyroidism. I'm 23 and I get the same lumps as you but very rarely. I'm not sure what they are caused by but I have just recently been to the doctor and had thyroid tests but they came back with no problems so I mind get my hormones tested, it might be something to do with that. Please let me know if you ever find out what your lumps are caused by. Thanks!
    Bionca 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • Ok..I went to my dermatologist about these lumps after one finally broke and a bloody discharge came out. It's now a bruise again. I have two others besides the one that broke. They've been there for months. I have 2 on my upper leg and one on the back of my thight. The doctor I use has a degree from Yale and Harvard so I trust him. He gave it a very long technical name. He said beleive it or not it's a weird form of acne that can occur anywhere on th body. He gave me a cream that contains Alpha Hydroxy to use on them. He said it could take up to a month before they totally go away. I've been using the cream for a week now and I don't see a big improvement but the lumps seem to be shrinking some. The brusing color is still there but he said that would be the last thing to go. I'll keep you informed as to how it's working. In the mean time you might try using an acne cream on them to see if they help. :p
    dg1957 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • Sounds like hidradenitis suppurativa.If that is what it is the big thing is to make some environmental changes to reduce the risk of lesions appearing: avoid tight synthetic clothing, avoid prolonged exposure to hot humid environments, and avoid antiperspirants, shaving, or waxing if lesions occur in those areas.Good luck.Amanda
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Bionca, Great News!!:D I found a new dermotologist and she's awesome. The lump returned after the last guy gave me the cortisone shot. This woman doctor is fantastic. She had to lance the lump because it had gotten pretty big. She said it's caused by shaving. They are clogged oil glands and they way to stop them from happening is to wash the areas you shave with a cleanser with salicylic acid. It's found in acne face washes and if you have a CVS around you they carry a body wash with salicylic acid in it. I use it to shave with as well as washing with it and so far no more lumps. It's worth a try. Occasionally I get a single lump that comes up under the skin and it's painful and goes red (looks like a bee sting) and stays there for about a week or so and then the lump gradually gets smaller and goes away and the redness turns into a bruise sort of colour. After the lump has gone completely, the bruise colouring is left there for a while and then goes away. I get a lump about twice a year but the first time I had one, it was about a 2year period of time before another lump came up. They spring up in any place on my body. I've had them on my legs (upper and lower), my arms, my shoulder blade and one at the bottom of my stomach near my hip. I only ever get one lump at a time. I asked the doctor about it and he said he doesn't know what it is or has never heard of it. Does anyone have any ideas or know what this could be? Thank you :)
    dg1957 7 Replies Flag this Response
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