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Hi, I have had a lump on my back for maybe a year or so I think. I am not really sure how long it has been there, but I kind of just ignored it. It is on the upper back near the left side. When I touch it it is very hard, and it doesn't move at all. I am posting here because while I have had it for a long time it recently seems to have gotten noticeably larger. It is about the size of a quarter now when it used to be about the size of a nickle. The other thing I noticed is a new lump near the middle of my back a little to the left, but more in the center than the large lump. This lump is very small (centimeters), but has the same characteristics of the larger lump (hard, doesn't move). The lump doesn't hurt, but if I lay down it might ache a little over time. Anyway I have to go, but if there is any other relevant information I need to provide let me know. Thanks.
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replied December 14th, 2007
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Do the lumps have rubbery consistency?
Is the skin overlying the lesion normal and not connected to the lump?
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replied December 14th, 2007
It doesn't seem that the skin is connected to the lump it is overtop of it. The lump is hard I don't know if I'd say rubbery though.
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replied June 12th, 2008
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Sorry for delayed post!

Lump that has a history of a slowly growing process for several years and usually do not cause any real discomfort, just mild tenderness occasionally, is known as lipoma.
It is a benign tumor composed of mature fat cells.
This lump can very in diameter from 2-10 cm and usual location is back and shoulders.
Men often develop more than one lipoma.
These aren't life-threatening lumps (surgically removed).
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replied May 12th, 2009
Small Lump that is hard and light brown on my lower back
I have had a lump on the lower part of my back for about a year now. I thought that It could of been an old chicken pock scar but I am not sure it is small and feels hard. The colour has slightly changed to a darker brown then it used to be, recently i have had shooting pains going down my back near to where my lump is but not very often.

Please could you give me advise on what you may think this is.

Many thanks

Luke
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replied May 12th, 2009
A small hard lump light brown in colour at the bottom of my back
I have had a small hard lump under the skin for about a year now, I have felt it and it feels hard I would say pea sized. However within the past weeks i have started to get shooting pains going down my back and I have noticed it has changed in colour from light brown slightly darker.

I am concerned to what It may be please can you give me advice.

Many thanks

Luke
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replied May 12th, 2009
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Anytime you have a bump or mole on your body that changes color, it needs to be looked at. The pain should also be a sign to get it checked. Since you said you thought it was a chicken pox scar, I'm guessing it's small right now. Your doctor will look at it and if it looks even slightly suspicious, he'll take a biopsy (or cut the thing off completely, since it's small).

Next time, don't ignore symptoms. Okay?
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replied June 3rd, 2009
hard lump/mass on upper back with foul discharge
I have had a lump/bump on my upper center back for some years now and if pressed a dark squzzly substance comes in the past few days the substance coming out has been bigger and moist and when pressed shoots out it is dark in color and has a foul smell it is not a bump with a head but more of a bump with a hard mass and a small hole that is always open
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replied September 17th, 2012
I have the same situation. I see this was posted a while back and would like tok know what the outcome was. I find the drs see to disregard the matter and I have associated chest pains

Thanks in advance for your response
Bobbit1
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replied June 3rd, 2009
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Sounds like a cyst. You should go to the doctor and have them drain it and do a biopsy, just in case it's something else.

How does something like this not make you go to the doctor?
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replied July 26th, 2009
i have a hard lump in the middle of my back along my spine. ive had it for about a year now and its gotten a little bigger, but not really a lot. . .i have no idea what it could be but its about the size of a quarter. it doesnt move when you touch it and im scared it could be a cyst
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replied July 27th, 2009
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Don't be scared that it might be a cyst. They are very common and rarely turn cancerous. More commonly, they can become infected and turn into an abscess. If they don't go away on their own, the doctor can either drain it or remove it. Next time you are at the doctor, have it looked at. If it gets any bigger, make an appointment.
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replied September 15th, 2009
i also have a small pe sized lup on my back i dont know what it is. it used to be like one now it has formed into two joined together it is hard and i get some pains in it sometimes

Many Thanks x
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replied September 15th, 2009
please help! Smile
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replied September 15th, 2009
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It could be a cyst. You should have a doctor look at it, especially if you are having pain in it and it is getting larger or spreading. It's probably nothing, but it's always better to get things like this looked at sooner rather than later. It will certainly help you peace of mind.
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replied September 18th, 2009
Thanks, im gonna get it looked at by a docter will give u info on what he/she said.

U talk like you are a doctor are you?

Many Thanks :}
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replied September 18th, 2009
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No, I'm not a doctor.
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replied October 6th, 2009
Lump on back
I have one too on my lower back. very small. sometimes not noticeable at all, but other times it sticks out feels like a pea under my skin and is almost a veiny color. many years ago i think i recall puss coming out of it. help!
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replied December 23rd, 2009
Unknown mass on back, near spine
About one week ago I woke up with a pain in my back, near the center, just left of my spine. I couldn't reach it, so I asked my husband to feel it and there was a lump there, and very painful to the touch. For the next two - three days it continued to ache with pain radiating outward and deep into my back. There was no "head" or pore that seemed to be the source, just a smooth, hard lump that started out as a crescent shape. By Friday, it was so painful I decided to go to the doctor. He didn't know what it was, but didn't feel comfortable doing anything to it as it was large and deep. It had also grown into a 4cm diameter round lump. He sent me to a surgeon. The surgeon was not sure what it was either, though he suspected it was a cyst or lipoma that had bled into itself. He inserted a needle to see if any puss was present as well as doing an office-level ultrasound (rough). There was no presence of puss. We decided to wait over the weekend, still thinking it was a cyst, figuring it would develop a puss pocket by Monday that he could drain. However, upon returning to the office, there was no puss pocket or any other indication that it was a cyst. He still thought it could be a lipoma, but the lump is hard and not fluid at all. My husband has several lipomas and this doesn't seem to match the characteristics I am familiar with. He recommended that I have a hospital ultrasound done to determine what it is. I went today and I'm awaiting the results. you could clearly see a mass on the ultrasound. An abcess and/or cyst was ruled out due to no presence of fluid (her notes). I'm curious if anyone out there has heard of something like this and what it could be? It's very unsettling to say the least... There is no longer the severe pain, more just a tenderness upon touch. Some background, I am a healthy 32 year old female with no history of lipomas or anomalous growths.
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replied July 18th, 2011
Large lump on my back that showed up in one day.
I am wondering what you ended up finding out. I noticed a large lump on my upper back right above where my bra crosses my back...over to the left side (not near the middle) on Thursday. I went to the doctor the next morning (Friday) because it was so large and it just appeared. He sent me for an ultrasound and they said there was no blood flow to it, but weren't sure what it was. I was told to take 3 Aleve 3 times per day over the weekend and see if that made it go down. It hasn't...in fact, it probably has gotten larger. I am supposed to go back to the doctor tomorrow (Monday) so they could decide whether to do an MRI or send me to a surgeon. I wanted to know if this sounded anything like what you went through and what your end result was.
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replied August 3rd, 2011
update: I went to the doctor and he sent me to a surgeon. The surgeon did another ultrasound and then a needle biopsy. He got a clear golden colored fluid with the consistency of honey (said it looked like joint fluid but it wasn't near any joint). He sent me for 2 MRIs (one with and one without IV). The results came back that they thought it was connected to the muscle. Scheduled surgery to remove. I went in for surgery today and the mass was under the muscle in a casing with few cells. Final results should be coming soon.
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replied August 17th, 2011
I have now had the surgery and had it removed. It was a benign muscle myxoma. They had to go through the muscle to remove it. It was in a casing hooked to the underside of my muscle which is why it felt so hard on the outside. The surgeon told me the fluid inside had the consistency of tar. Anyway, it's gone and I dont' have to worry about it anymore. I hope this helps anyone who has similar symptons.
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replied August 23rd, 2011
Hi there
Thank you so much for this. I also have a lump the size of a R5 coin.
Question: How long does the procedure last to remove the lump; do you have any scaring?

Thanks
Foziana
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replied August 23rd, 2011
The doctor did it at the hospital as an outpatient surgery. The surgery took 45 minutes and I have a scar that is about 4-5 inches. It was behind my muscle so he had to go through the muscle to get to it. He removed the casing and the part of the muscle that it was attached to. I was only in pain for one day though and that was probably more discomfort than pain. I asked the doctor at the followup visit if he could have just drained it and he told me absolutely not. Mine was quite large and I had it removed within 3 weeks of noticing it. I have no idea of how large it would have grown. When he removed it, it only had a few cells. Good luck. I recommend getting it removed.
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replied June 6th, 2012
thanks for this info, my spot seems of a similar description
the description of this sounds similar to mine, a few days ago i had a pain on my back and went t feel where it was i discovered a spot, rather hard not like normal spots, i've been trying to getmy mum to squeeze it as i can barely reavh it but this is t no avail, it hurts whe i lean on the back of my chair etc and i am pretty sure its not a spot as it doesnt feel like a spot or look like one (from the picture i got my mum to take) mine is also on the left side of my spine likemany on this page. i think after reading this i shall make an appointment with my gp (if i can, usually takes like 3 weeks :/) thanks
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replied March 10th, 2014
This is my exact situation as well. Now going for biopsy on April 3rd.
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replied August 24th, 2011
Your story sounds like I just wrote it about myself! I am as well a 32 year old female with no history of anything of that nature, but am having the exact difficulties. Med Express did not feel it would be necessary to do diagnostics and referred me to our general surgeon. I see the surgeon next week. I will probably refuse having a needle stuck into my back, until after an ultrasound or MRI is done. I wish you the best of luck and hope you find out soon what is going on!
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replied August 26th, 2011
Sounds like me as well alright. Male, 32 years old. In the middle of my back just a bit to the right of my spine. about 3 weeks now. I thought it was a zit gone bad, then moved on to think it is a boil. Ithink this is now ruled out and I should (sigh), should go get it checked out. hurts when touched in a hard way, like when at work and sit mostly I never know about the thing. The swelling went down and up over the days so I never could figure if this thing is coming or going. the sides feels between soft and mornal muscle thickness and the middle is soft , like when there is fluid beneath... My immune system is shot a bit, even if I continually use vitamins and minerals. Lack of enough sleep possibly as well. Thanks for sharing people.
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replied October 26th, 2011
An update to this is as follows:

The GP had a look and extracted the puss with a syringe. They tried to grow the stuff for 2 days, but no growth explained that this infection is not evil stuff.

The specialist mentioned a weird name of a non-dangerous infection to a hair folicle gone bad scenario. He said that such a thing usually never goes away. I have no intention of cutting so told him I will be healed by my body. Over a couple of days I kept it closed up with a tissue and tape (micropore works like a charm - does stick so tightly that you have to rip your skin off). Every 2nd day I drained the off-red colored fluid. It stayed unchanged, except that the fluid became less and less.

The magic in all this is a gel calle "Intrasite" and it contains CMC (iodine) that takes care of wound healing and kill bacteria. I put it on and left it for 2 days and the opening to drain the fluid closed up. The fluid also stopped forming. Still not yet all gone, but what is left is for my body to sort out. Continual use of this gel will have the bacteria go away. My instance had me at worst sit with a lump almostthe size of a golf ball. Now it is a little covered up hole with a dark blue/black color and skin is back to normal. I can feel tissue/muscle changes occurred, but nothing I can complain about. Who knows if it ever will flare up again, but I have ease on my mind and know more now.
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replied January 24th, 2010
Lump on the center of my back, just above shoulder blade level
I have a lump on the center of my back, its about 2cm wide and I've only just noticed it

Its under the skin and doesn't move and is white to look at

Does anyone have any idea what this might be?
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replied February 5th, 2010
i have a bump on my back. it has staied the same size for a long period of time until now. in the last couple of days it is red and getting bigger. the top of it is black and i am worried about it. if anybody could help me out i would highly appreciate it
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