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July 27th, 2012
knots in legs
I have started developing them on my left leg only. first one "appeared" about 2 years ago. Can't see it. sometmes it is flat and about dime size, sometimes grows to quarter size. Now getting several over the anterior thigh. My left leg is painful most of the time, and also I have bouts of general weakness. If I apply a lot of pressure to the one on the side, I can reduce the pain in the leg, and then that spot becomes very tender. I think it is somehow a problem in the fascia (clear tendinous coating over muscles)that has tightened and then can cause problems with muscle pain, nerves, etc. Physician I work with has one on her anterior thigh. No pain. Says only way to really tell what they are is to have a biopsy done, which involves removing the 'cyst." Doesn't sound like cancer is a concern, but they do seem to cause pain. Also, I think there is a big difference between the fatty tumors ( I have one of those on my right arm and while unsightly, it is not painful) which feel loose, can be moved around under the skin, and the tighter knots, that are more fixed, have varying levels of pain, etc. I am recovering from rotator cuff surgery, but after that I am going to see the MD about the nodules because I believe they are causing pain and weakness. I will let you know what I find out. Interesting that this seems to occur frequently but no real medical interest or concern.
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replied July 31st, 2012
lumps on my thighs and other parts
Hi,
I have lumps on both my legs for the last 10 years but of late i notice one on the back and one on my left stomach below my ribs. Very concerned I cannot concentrate on anything. I have two small kids, worried that it may turn to something very dangerous. visited doctor,doctor says it is multiple lymphoma just ignore them they will multiple. Iam really worried pls guide me
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replied September 24th, 2012
The problem is called Lipoma
Hello All - I have a similar problem. I have many of these in my arms, some on my back, abdomen and I'm only 30. Looks like by the time I'm 60, I'd have less of muscles and more of these fatty cells. I did notice a few dads when I dropped my kids at school having the same problem too. I too like most of you used to stop wearing polos, tees and shorts. But recently, I figured it ain't worth it. So I got back into my usual dressing.

My doc was like most of the other docs that you may have met. He said it is only cosmetic in nature. So don't worry about it. He also added that I could get it operated. There is no guarantee they wouldn't be back. To add to the irony, they may pop up again in the exact same location. He also said, as long as the lump is not on any nerve or your spinal cord and applying pressure that causes you pain, you are fine. He threw a ball park that 1 in 10 million could turn out to be cancerous. But guess what, as much as I love my life, my kids and my wife, if it is time to go, then nothing can stop it. we call it Karma (good or bad) Smile

I've gone for 3 opinions so far and have received the same response from the doctors. I do intend to actually explore getting them operated. See if it works, especially those in my fore arms, triceps if it wouldn't leave any nasty scars Smile

BTW - I'm from Bangalore, India and I have noticed many people have the same issue. In fact a famous actor in India from Bollywood(Aamir Khan) has the same issue and is doing wonderfully well Smile

The unfortunate news is that "NO ONE" knows the origination of these. They are apparently called Lipoma (Fatty cells).
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replied October 25th, 2012
A lot of fatty lumps are lypomas which are "fatty lumps"
I have had one and they grow pretty big. Most doctors wont mess with it until it starts to hurt or bother you
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replied December 2nd, 2012
Fatty tumor or Lumps in legs, arm, and/or back
I am 33 yrs old and haven't notice my fatty tumor until I lost weight. Mines is on the right, outer side of my thigh and it's the size of my fist. I asked my Doctor about this and he told me that it's not going to affect me, however, the bigger it gets the less feeling I have on the outer skin. I can't really lay on my right side because my leg goes numb, meaning no circulation. I asked another Doctor about this and he told me the best way of stopping the growth is to get it cut out. I didn't want to do that because it is going to leave a nasty scar, however, I don't want it to turn into something that will affect me worse in the future like Gangrene. Gangrene may be caused by an infection, injury, or a complication of a long-term condition that restricts blood circulation. I think whoever else have this problem, to monitor the growth of the fatty tumor, and if it get to the point that you don't have feeling where the lump is, its time to pay your doctor another visit. I pray everything will be fine. Hope this helped.
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replied December 9th, 2012
Skin lumps, lipomas
I have them on my thighs, calves, and arms. Mine are lipomas. I also have meralgia paresthtica on the outside of my left thigh. If I lose or gain weight it makes my thigh more or less numb. A surgeon said he could lipo my thighs but there is no guarantee they would not come back. Besides that would mean recovering from surgery.
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replied December 9th, 2012
I have them on my thighs, calves, and arms. Mine are lipomas. I also have meralgia paresthtica on the outside of my left thigh. If I lose or gain weight it makes my thigh more or less numb. A surgeon said he could lipo my thighs but there is no guarantee they would not come back. Besides that would mean recovering from surgery.
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replied April 5th, 2013
Does anybody know if when you get the fatty tumors removed if they grow back anyways or if it just scars? Also, what is the best Doctor to help get the best information and that knows to remove them?
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replied May 16th, 2013
You sound like you have lipomas, which are benign fatty tumors. Most adults have at least a few lipomas, and it tends to run in families. Some people have dozens of them. Repeat: They are benign.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipoma
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replied May 29th, 2013
Fatty lumps
I have had lumps on my thighs and arms for years. Today I started using a rolling pin to see if I can squash them. It seems to me if they are just fat, maybe this will work. It hurts but if it works it will be worth it. Time will tell.
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replied June 17th, 2013
I did not read through all of the answers that you have received, and I do hope by now you have an answer. I will tell you what mine are; I have about a hundred or so lumps. So are as big a walnut. The ones under my arm pits are the most painful, at times I am unable to put my arms down because they swell up.

I have Lipomas which are benign tumors that are composed of adipose tissue, i.e., body fat. I didn't get my answers right away, I had biopsies taken when I had a lump removed form below my left breast. Of course the biopsy showed nothing serious, except enlarged fat cells.

I don't know about you, but mine are extremely painful. I guess this is not always the case. But I have Fibromyalgia which has lead to "Do Not Though ME" syndrome/Hyperalgesia

As I said, I don't know if you got your answer, I do hope so. But if not, I hope this helps you and other with the similar symptoms. I wish you luck.
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replied June 17th, 2013
I did not read through all of the answers that you have received, and I do hope by now you have an answer. I will tell you what mine are; I have about a hundred or so lumps. So are as big a walnut. The ones under my arm pits are the most painful, at times I am unable to put my arms down because they swell up.

I have Lipomas which are benign tumors that are composed of adipose tissue, i.e., body fat. I didn't get my answers right away, I had biopsies taken when I had a lump removed form below my left breast. Of course the biopsy showed nothing serious, except enlarged fat cells.

I don't know about you, but mine are extremely painful. I guess this is not always the case. But I have Fibromyalgia which has lead to "Do Not Though ME" syndrome/Hyperalgesia

As I said, I don't know if you got your answer, I do hope so. But if not, I hope this helps you and other with the similar symptoms. I wish you luck.
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replied August 30th, 2013
we all seam to have same thing. now lets hear from the people who have cure for this issue or how to get rid of them.
thanks
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replied January 9th, 2014
Lumps
Just told my Dr.yesterday I felt the front part of my right leg and when I press down I can feel a knot. I was told to keep an eye on it make sure it doesn't turn red and it's mobile so that's good. Well last night would you believe I found #2 Knot on the right side of my thigh. I hope they eventually cut them out.
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replied June 6th, 2014
Lumps, lipomas
Check out Rare Adipose Disorders: Multiple Symmetric Lipomatosis, Madelungs Disease, Dercums Disease, and others. These diseases can begin slow. They will no go away, and they can become much worse. The lumps are often so painful that everything hurts. Most doctors are not informed about these disorders and may even dismiss it as overweight, or tell you to diet/exercise. Search Adipose/Fat Disorders; Lipdystrophies.
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replied March 3rd, 2015
I have these lumps too and also a member of Kaiser. I have had Kaiser overlook several problems with me so I am Leary to believe there diagnosis since 3 different doctors looked at them and 2 said edema and 1 said fatty cells? I was told they don't hurt so I must be touching them too much and to leave them alone. Its pointless to say I found the lumps because of the pain they caused when trying to sleep. I seriously wonder if Kaiser doctors somehow get away with less schooling. Kaisers answer to my complaints are to change doctors and never to question the doctor...grrr!
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replied July 28th, 2015
Yes, I have many lipomas on thighs, upper arms, and abdomen. Some get very tender and will often hurt even without contact. One doc told me they do not hurt even though I had just explained mine did. Dermatologist removed one. It was a lipoma but he hadn't seen one quite like it as it was difficult to remove because it had tentacle-like growth that let it attach to tissue and muscle. He said some hurt because they were attaching to nerves too. He dx'd Dercum's Disease or Familial multiple lipomatosis. Neither fit exactly because I wasn't obese (although I did wind up gaining quite a bit before I got a handle on it) like most Dercum's patients and I didn't know of other family members with lipoma overgrowth. I found a couple other conditions: Cowden Syndrome and CLOVE Syndrome that might be alternative dx'd. Cowden especially fit me because it listed thyroid abnormalities, multi modular goiter, gastro polyps and fibrocystic breast disease, all of which applied. There are many conditions that center around multiple lipomas. Might want to see a dermatologist and take along info on those that seem most likely for your case. My derm had to get out a book to refresh his memory as he said it is fairly rare. One interesting side note: current doc called mine fibromyalgia lumps. He prescribed progesterone cream (not because of lumps). After a couple months using it on my upper arms, I noticed the big lipomas are gone and now I have many tiny nodules (I guess they are still lipomas). The best part is they are no longer painful. I have started rotatin between thighs and upper arms. Hopefully I'll get same results on my upper thighs.
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replied July 28th, 2015
After reading through several pages all experiencing these aggravating lipomas, thought I'd add more. I could not begin to count mine. There are literally hundreds, some as small as a pea and some golf ball size. The most painful ones are on back of my thighs. That is where doc removed one. I posted before about the tentacle-like attachments. I think it was difficult to ensure all was removed because it quickly grew again and it is more of a gnarly knot now. It can be seen whereas none of the others are visible unless I stretch skin to show them. I've had these since 1998. They have gotten so big that they really show and none have turned cancerous. I used to worry about that but my experience and tons of articles give me confidence that they are no more apt to grow into cancer than normal tissue. But, if you haven't had them checked by a doc that seems to know what he's talking about, you most definitely need to do that!
Most lipomas are rubbery and easily moved under skin. Mine are not easily moved at all, feel fixed/attached. That is why the doc was insistent about removing one. I picked the one that hurt the most but even so, removing it made it worse. I understand we needed to make sure it was really just a lipoma but I'm not removing anymore.
I have pain meds for a non-related issue and nice benefit is that my lipomas only hurt when pushed or bumped as long as I take the meds. Another thing that helps relieve the pain is Deep Relief (a blend of essential oils by Young Living). You should be able to find a local dealer or you can order on Amazon. I usually use individual oils layered for max pain relief. I use Cypress, ID Balsam Fir, Peppermint and Copaiba. I have been able to cut down on pain meds by using these Essential Oils. I do not sell to others -- just buy for my own use. Sons all tease me about being Medicine Woman and Oil Doc. But they can joke cause I've found oils that have helped each of them. Smile.
I participated s bit on the Dercum's support group online. The lady that started it is very knowledgable and has amassed quite a collection of medical citations concerning lipomas. It's been several years since I've talked with her by phone or computer. But it would be well worth your time to communicate with her. She gave me lots of things to try, more info than I found online, empathy since she suffers from Dercum's and most of all -- hope! Back then I was in a lot of pain with a new fx even the doc who gave me the dx said he knew little about. I've since decided there are other syndromes that fit my presentation better but I still benefitted from her info and support.

I believe they are caused by an adipose metabolism problem. I have chronic pancreatitis caused by scar tissue from 2 years of passing gallstones while a doc told me it was just IBS! I was making cholesterol gallstones like crazy! I even made tiny stones and "sludge" in the biliary duct after gallbladder was removed! I've had several ERCP's to clean out ducts. GI doc dx'd Creon, which is a prescription pancreatic enzyme combo. I don't think I've gotten more lipomas since I started Creon. It breaks down any fat I do take in. But I have also made major dietary changes. I don't eat meat or any fatty food and no fried foods - mostly yogurt, fresh fruit and veggies was thinking these problems along with perm. damaged pancreas, caused poor fat metabolism. The body couldn't break it down so it just keeps storing fat as lipomas. I'm sure it's not quite this simple but obviously some of us have a problem causing this overgrowth of lipomas. I also had thyroid problems and eventually it was removed. The thyroid is a major factor in metabolism. After these 2 organs were removed, I started gaining weight and noticed more and more lipomas. Once I got thyroid meds optimized and controlled chronic pancreatitis with Creon and better diet, lipoma production seems to have stopped. I think it was all related.

My current doc dx'd metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance. I was already on metformin (for fatty liver) and he added 2 more diabetic meds. Finally my weight loss efforts are working! Nothing dramatic but steady -- I've lost 30 pounds in 6 months. Finally enjoy walking again too. New studies are showing anti-inflammatory drugs are helpful for those with metabolic syndrome and Type II diabetes. I think they are good for these painful and tender lipomas. I'd check with your doctors and see if they agree that anti-inflammatory meds would help you. I take Mobic, an inexpensive, old time anti-inflammatory prescription med but have also had good results with OTC Alleve.

Helpful hints:, pls see doctors until you find one familiar with multiple lipomas. Meds that have helped me: metformin, Victoza, Acarbose, Mobic, Creon, pain meds and/or essential oils, progesterone, Vit B12, Vit D3, DHEA, Magnesium and various other supplements.
Things to give relief of aching pain: Very warm shower or bath, Epsom salts added to bath, heating pad (microwave rice bags work best for me). Sunbathe (with sunscreen). For some reason heat seems to take away the pain in these lipomas. Not sure if it softens them like other fats - think of coconut oil that is hard at room temp but melts as you warm it.

Some docs trivialize this, saying almost everyone has a lipoma or two by middle age. But my reply is: "One or two may be normal but dozens, scores and hundreds most certainly is not! ".
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