Fatty lumps on ankles, anyone have them? Diagnose Me.

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Posted 6/19/2012 by *luanne* in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 6/19/2012 10:02:08 PM
I just noticed I have these. They don't hurt and they do not look any different in the morning so they are not swollen, just kinda jelly feeling. Both sides are identical, right next to my ankle.

Anyone have experience with this? I was told it could be part of medapause or pre medapause .

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Posted: 6/19/2012 10:12:35 PM
They are called lipomas - benign "fatty deposits" that don't cause any issues - unless they press on a nerve. I had a lipoma removed from my right ankle several years ago when it started to compress on my nerve and made my pinky toe/along side my foot numb.


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Posted: 6/19/2012 10:15:50 PM
Thank you, do u know why you get them?


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Posted: 6/19/2012 10:18:25 PM
Nope. Sure don't. Mine has not reoccurred since I had it removed. I still have one on my left ankle - it doesn't bother me in the least.


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Posted: 6/19/2012 10:26:14 PM
Yep, lipoma. My dh had one on his back that was HUGE, so he had it removed because he decided he would rather have a thin scar than a huge lump. But now he has another one on the side of his rib cage, and he's leaving it alone, because it's small and not noticeable to most people.

His doctor and the surgeon said no one really knows what causes them, and some people get them over and over. They are not serious, unless, like was said above, they are pinching a nerve or something.

A friend of mine had one removed last year because, instead of it growing outward like they usually do, his grew in toward his spine, and wrapped around it. It was, of course very painful. But it still was just a lipoma.


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Posted: 6/19/2012 10:55:46 PM
This is why I love the Peas! I learn so much here!
Luanne, I'm giving you a fist bump cuz I have that too. Stupid little non painful bump on the side of my foot.

What is medapause? I know about meno and premenopause, but I've never heard of meda. Geez I probably have that too. Thanks for the diagnosis!

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Posted: 6/19/2012 11:04:04 PM
My dh gets them on his arms. No idea why. I had one on my arm between my wrist & elbow. I was kind of painful so I went to see a surgeon for a consult. About 2 days after the consult, it disappeared.

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Posted: 6/20/2012 8:22:48 AM
My aunts dog used to get them. If you would pet her, she was lumpy all over.



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Posted: 6/20/2012 8:35:43 AM
I get these too. In my case it is hereditary - all my Dad's family get them.

Most of mine so far are on my forearms. I have one on my shin which I want to find out about having removed. In our experience they tend to occur where there has been some kind of trauma - the one on my shin grew after a fall, and my aunt had one removed from her back right where her bra fastener rubbed against it.

You should still get them checked though - my doctor always wants to know about any new ones I find, even though we're both 99.99% sure what they are before he even looks at them. (Doesn't help when you combine a family history of lumps and a family history of cancer )


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Posted: 6/20/2012 8:43:49 AM
My hubby gets them also. It's his body's way of dealing w/fat. (man how I wish I could have this problem)

He has had surgery once to remove about 10 of them that were in both arms between his wrist and elbow. He has them all over.

I call him my "lumpy bumpy man".

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Posted: 6/20/2012 8:46:38 AM

It's his body's way of dealing w/fat. (man how I wish I could have this problem)




It's interesting you say that. My Dad (who is ultra lumpy bumpy) is very slim.

I, on the other hand, inherited the fatty lumps from him but not his figure. My body doesn't seem to mind gathering fat in every which way


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Posted: 6/20/2012 1:46:42 PM
Yes, I have them on both ankles. I had one removed when I had ankle surgery to repair a shredded tendon, but it turned out benign, so no worries. The doctor was not concerned in the least. Now if I could just lose these other huge fatty lumps...everywhere...

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Posted: 6/20/2012 5:22:09 PM
I have one on my left achellies tendion. The doctor won't remove it because of the location - may cause more problems then it's worth.

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Posted: 6/20/2012 8:12:04 PM
This is no lie. I read this post and I swear to you, I ran my hand along my arm and by golly I have a little marble-like smooshy thing, like a pea suspended under my skin that was SO NOT THERE until the last day or so?? How weird is that? Maybe I have Pea-Syndrome where the posts become real - I hope my cheap Kohl's luggage turns into Louis Vitton and I hope I win some big prize. I think I will watch what threads I read now!! SOOO WEIRD!~

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Posted: 6/20/2012 8:25:06 PM
I hate to be a downer but just wanted to put this PSA out there. Sometimes these lumps are more than benign lipomas.

I had a lump on the back of my thigh that ended up being cancer...liposarcoma, so you never know and these things really do need to be watched.

So, if you have a lump and it starts growing or changing shape, please get yourself to the doctor ASAP.



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Posted: 6/20/2012 10:01:01 PM
Thank you everyone for making me feel normal.

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BethAnn thank you for the PSA I will keep an eye out for changes.

Luanne


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Posted: 6/21/2012 1:33:47 AM
I've had three lipomas removed. One in each thigh. They started out small and then grew and got painful to the touch. The other one was on the top of my foot. It was pressing on nerves and made walking painful. The one in my foot I suspect stemmed from an injury I had to that foot nearly ten years before. After that injury (really bad bruise), I noticed a lump appeared and over the course of about five years it got bigger and bigger.

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