Any of you guys ever dealt with a lipoma?

  • Markebri

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    Jun 20, 2010 5:28 AM GMT
    I just recently saw my doctor when I noticed that I had a small bump right in between my shoulder blades. He informed me that it was Lipoma, which is a benign tumor, which may have been cause by regularly taking protein supplements to help me along with my weight training.

    I have an option to get it removed, but was informed that my insurance will not cover the procedure. I'm scared of out my mind knowing I have a tumorous mass on my upper back though my doctor stated that wont turn malignant.


    Should I get a second opinion and have the lipoma removed? Its not causing me discomfort in any ways, though it makes me rather self conscious about myself.
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    Jun 20, 2010 5:46 AM GMT
    Markebri said
    Should I get a second opinion and have the lipoma removed?
    Yes on the 2nd opinion.
    Undecided on getting it removed (would get 2nd or 3rd opinion first).
  • BIG_N_TALL

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    Jun 20, 2010 5:58 AM GMT
    Yes, I have dealt with lipoma. I have several on my right leg. I also have a one on my left leg, but it isn't really noticeable. I went to a surgeon six years ago about it, because my mother was obsessed it was possibly cancer. The surgeon told me not to worry about it - he told me that since the tumors weren't "hard" and weren't causing any pain, I shouldn't be concerned. Ever since I started do some serious jogging and weightlifting, these tumors have been 'pushed' to the surface, and are much more noticeable now than they were six years before.

    A friend of my mother, did however have a bad experience with lipoma. Her husband had lipomatic tissue on his right thigh that he had for years, and his MD also told him not to worry about it - he noticed the lipomatic tissue when he was in his 20s. When he got into this mid-40s, he noticed that the 'tumor' on his leg "hardened." When he went to the MD to talk about it, the specialist his MD sent him to told him that he had cancer... and that there was nothing he could do since the cancer had already metastasized. He died about a month later.

    When I went to the MD six years ago, he told me that if I wanted to, I could have them surgically removed, however the invasive procedure would scar my leg, and "unnecessarily" interfere with the muscle tissue and tendons. In short, if cancer is my ultimate fate, I don't see what else I can do but be vigilant since I have a multitude of them on leg... and I probably have more that are hidden deeper in muscle/organ tissue. My mother is now starting to shift her omnipresent concern to my sister since she has lipomatic tissue on her back, but her respective tumor has hardened in recent months.

    EDIT: I would like to add that I wasn't taking protein supplements 6 years ago when I noticed the lipomatic tumor on my leg. I was told to be mindful of them though since I have a family history (paternal and maternal sides) of breast, lung, skin, brain, and kidney cancer. I think I may be ok at the moment though. People in my family tend to get cancer really early or really late in life. I think since I managed to make it into my mid-20s, I should be ok until I hit my 70s-80s. I hope I didn't terrify you, but I am being completely honest about my experience with lipoma.
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    Jun 20, 2010 6:07 AM GMT
    I have had one in my neck that I had removed a few years ago. My doctor said that I did not have to have it removed unless it hardened. It got hard, so out it came. It was also giving me some trouble because it was pressing against some tendons and muscle tissue. I also had a couple of them in my arm that I had out at the same time. I had a plastic surgeon friend take them all out and you can not even tell I had it done.
  • Markebri

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    Jun 20, 2010 6:11 AM GMT
    Oh man, sorry to hear that, ryansc. I appreciate your insightful response and will definitely consider getting the lipoma removed, regardless the cost of the procedure. You're very cute btw icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 20, 2010 6:19 AM GMT
    I had one the size of a golf ball removed in 1986, from my wrist.

    I was just ugly and just paid to get rid of it. It returned about 2yrs ago and really don't care how it looks.

    If you hate it, just remove it and hope it stays away for many years.
  • BIG_N_TALL

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    Jun 20, 2010 6:19 AM GMT
    Markebri saidOh man, sorry to hear that, ryansc. I appreciate your insightful response and will definitely consider getting the lipoma removed, regardless the cost of the procedure. You're very cute btw icon_lol.gif


    haha thanks! I too have considered getting my lipomatic tumors removed, but I am not sure it would be covered under my health insurance. I think when I was younger (and then covered under my mother's health insurance) I could have had them removed. I think now if I want them removed, it would be considered a "cosmetic" procedure since it technically isn't cancer... and because it is more of an aesthetic issue. I am happy to report that none of my respective tumors have hardened...
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    Jun 20, 2010 6:21 AM GMT
    Get it removed...try to get different insurance first if you can... that's bullshit.
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    Jun 20, 2010 6:25 AM GMT
    I had one removed from my arm when I was 18 or so. I didn't get the stitches removed in time so now I have nasty lifetime scar. Such is life.
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    Jun 20, 2010 6:25 AM GMT
    I have one the size of pea on the ventral surface of my right forearm. It used to be the size of a marble, but it shrank because I glared menacingly at it at least twice a day. It doesn't bother me at all anymore.
  • iamhman

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    Jun 20, 2010 6:33 AM GMT
    True lipomas are common, totally benign and it is optional
    whether they are removed. Most people don't.
    more can appear elsewhere.
    Not to be confused with a neuroma,
    another benign condition, often located
    on the tendons of the hand and forearm.
    These can also recur, come and go.
    MD here. This is all information, not advice.
    P.S. Lipomas have nothing to do with protein shakes;
    it strikes me as so odd he would say that.
    A lipoma can be large and unattractive,
    that is the main reason to have it removed.
    Yes there will be a small scar.
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    Jun 20, 2010 7:27 AM GMT
    OK, slight tangent but Labrador retrievers are prone to getting lipoma's and I do have then removed from my dogs. My local vet is a drama queen and I succumbed to her issues of potential malignancies in dogs (NOT HUMANS). My Momma dog looks better w/o one on the keel of her chest.

    In humans my best buds GF (now an ex icon_smile.gif ) kept on him about 2 thumb sized fatty lumps on his lats. He is a tallish lean guy 6'1" 175lbs w/a small waist (30") and they showed up when he had a tight T on. He got them cut out and they were thumb sized pieces of grizzle. He and I had the same Dr. and the dude said "youre trading a bump for a scar". Just what he got. The attending nurse said "that's some of your flavoring" as per marbling. He's glad he got them out but his insurance did cover it too. Elective surgery in many plans is NOT covered.
  • Markebri

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    Jun 20, 2010 8:24 AM GMT
    Hmm, seems like a common medical condition from what Ive read from all the replies. I appreciate all the opinions and personal stories. LOL @ GuerrillaSodo, Ill try glaring at mine while facing my back to the mirror. If I become crossed-eyed then you better get yourself a good attorney icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 20, 2010 9:14 AM GMT
    Find a different Dr. one that will recommend it be removed. The insurance is more than likely based on the Dr's recommendation.

    Being caused by protein shakes... that's just bullshit by the way also another good reason to trade your quack in for a more intelligent model
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    Jun 21, 2010 11:39 PM GMT
    mate, I'd leave it if I were you, if u remove it coz ur self conscious, ull probably still be coz there will be a scar to replace the lipoma. Trust me, lipomas are completely benign and won't cause problems, they are just a bit annoying. Trust me, I'm a doctor, its all good.

    Shame u live in the states, we get them removed for free in the UK, like all medical/surgical stuff. Lets hope ur goverment sorts itself out with Obama so that you get fully acessable health care like a normal developed country.
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    Jul 03, 2010 1:31 AM GMT
    Markebri,

    I am 37 and have several. I inherited them from my dad who has them everywhere on his trunk and back. I probably noticed my first one when I was in my late 20s.

    I have 3 major ones that are approx. the size of an XL grape. One in my abdomen area, one just above my right kneecap, and two in my upper right arm. I can't stand them and will probably choose to have them removed.