I found out something new yesterday regarding Fibromyalgia thanks to Adrienne at the About.com: FM & CFS Blog. In her post, Adrienne talks about how it is common for Fibromyalgia patients to have lipomas, which are non-cancerous tumors that are lumps of fatty tissue beneath the skin. In “normal” people lipomas are not painful but they can be very painful for FM patients thanks to our bodies being hypersensitve to pain.
I visit the massage therapist on a monthly basis and I always assumed, like Adrienne, that my knots or lumps were due to knotted muscles and myofascial pain knots, which I was told I had in the past. The therapist has to massage over these lumps for a long time and they still don’t disappear. I just end upbeing extremely sore in those areas.I also tend to have extremely lumpy breasts and I wonder now if some of these lumps are lipomas.
Once your doctor has determined whether or not you do truly have lipomas, treatment options are available if they are causing you pain. Treatment for lipomas include hydrocortisone shots or surgery.
What are the symptoms of lipomas? According to Web MDlipomas are typically:
- small and felt just under the skin (size is 0.4 in. to 1.2 in.).
- movable with a soft, rubbery consistency.
- are painless (but can be painful in FM patients).
- grow very slowly and will stay the same size for years.
- becomes bothersome when size increases and depending upon the location.
Anytime you feel any type of lump you should see your physician immediately to rule out cancer.
Have you ever heard of lipomas? Have you been diagnosed with lipomas? Tell me in the comments.