Why do I have so many lipoid bumps in my body? Does that have anything to do with Fibromyalgia or Lupus?Why do I have so many lipoid bumps in my body?  Does that have anything to do with Fibromyalgia or Lupus?

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Dr. Chad Boomershine says:

When you speak about "lipoid bumps" in your body, I am assuming you are referring to lipomas. Lipomas are among the most frequent, benign neoplasms of the skin. Lipomas are collections of mature fat cells, enclosed by thin fibrous capsules, and they can occur on any part of the body where fat cells coalesce. They are usually found superficially just under the skin, but can more rarely involve fascia or deeper muscular planes. The etiology of lipoma development is not well understood. However, there is NO association between fibromyalgia or lupus and the development of lipomas. Frequently, patients may have more than one lipoma, and occasionally they may have a genetic condition resulting in multiple lipomas (familial multiple lipomatosis). Malignant transformation of a lipoma into a liposarcoma is rare. Distinguishing a lipoma from more serious conditions, such as lymphoma, is usually made clinically, based on the fact that lipomas are soft, asymptomatic and usually do not enlarge quickly. If a suspected lipoma causes symptoms (pain or restriction of movement), is rapidly enlarging, or is firm rather than soft, you should have it evaluated by your doctor. The treatment of a lipoma, if needed because of pain, cosmesis, or concerns over diagnosis, is surgical removal of the fat cells and fibrous capsule. Recurrence of an excised lipoma is not common.

Answered on: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 10:01


Commenting: sharonpate
05/21/2010 - 08:57

You answered my questions about the Lipoid "bumps" (lipomas), but I have more. There is so much cancer in my family history and my lipomas hurt when rubbed. Is that normal. I don't want to feel like I am pushing this too much, but should I insist they be biopsied if they hurt? Does Medicare pay for this type of surgery?

Commenting: Dr. Chad Boomershine
05/21/2010 - 10:55

Yes, if you have a family history of cancer I would recommend having one of the painful lipomas biopsied by a dermatologist to make sure it is benign. Medicare should cover this since it is NOT cosmetic.
Since you have fibromyalgia, the bumps may hurt when rubbed just because of your fibromyalgia. However, better safe than sorry.

Commenting: Guest
03/10/2011 - 18:59

Dr. Boomershine is incorrect to say there is no correlation between lipomas and Fibromyalgia. Many people have the two issues and I am one. Look a little harder and you can find information on the two. Also there is another rare disease called Dercum's with a type l,ll and lll.

Commenting: Guest
08/30/2012 - 08:05

I have something that needs to be checked out. Internist isn't sure if it's a lipoma or a cyst, but is painful at times, so she told me to see an Orthopedic Surgeon for a further opinion. What prompted me to comment is NOT the possible lipoma, but the ignorant rant of the guest commenting on Fibromyalgia. I haven't heard a comment like that in years. You are in the dark ages, my friend, and thankfully, your opinions are not prevalent in the medical community. I have Lupus, Fibromyalgia, and Arthritis. I was diagnosed by a very knowledgeable, very busy Rheumatologist who did not need to invent the Fibro. diagnosis to make more money. Fibromyalgia is a lot more than "every day aches and pains with low levels of pain tolerance". It has a multitude of symptoms, too many to list here. You need to look it up and learn. It is one of approximately 100 Rheumatologic disorders recognized by The Arthritis Foundation.

Commenting: Guest
10/15/2012 - 20:39

People like you need to do their homework and learn something before getting on the internet and posting stupid comments. I had five children with no epidural and no medicine for pain and still got diagnosed with fibromyalgia. So if that sounds to you like having low tolerance for pain you may continue talking. If not, please get educated before opening your mouth.

Commenting: Guest
11/03/2012 - 19:57

I went through 46 hours of labor with no pain killer
And I have fibromyalgia. I also dislocated my elbow without a tear. Tell me I have a low
tolerace for pain. I am in pain everyday! Actually most people probably couldn't do all the things I do with this type of pain! Maybe it's true sometimes doctors don't dig far enough to find a hidden autoimmune disorder but fibromyalgia is extremely real. R-U-D-E

Commenting: Guest
12/11/2012 - 03:16

I am a 26 yrs old man and have well over a hundred lipomas in my body. I hurt like no other . I have had a few removed and befor I could even heal, I had several return in place of the removed. I have noticed they grow on or near my scars, even from past opperations. I have had no help. I have gone through thirteen doctors in the last year. All have turned me away. I have no insurance, no family or friends to help. I have been on my own, in the dark! Not to mention the depression and angsiety that comes along with the hurt... It sucks to say I find about five to ten new ones a month. I cant ever get right. Heat kills me. I take cold showers and sleep with a fan on. It is 29 degrees right now outside and I sleep in shorts with my window open or dont get much sleep at all. It has even made my sex life a hell. There is no "lay bak and enjoy". Either I m standing or not at all, I cant stand the pressure on my legs or abdomen. I miss my life! I prey for I am not far from the story of Job. No one can judge if u do not live it yourself. God grant me peace. Understand there is always reason to smile if you suffer as I do. Please forgive my spelling...lol

Commenting: Guest
01/18/2013 - 19:52

You have my prayers that you find the help you need. An ER at a high quality hospital would be your best bet to seek treatment and possibly, find insurance. God Bless. All those lumps are not a usual symptom of fibromyalgia, but another condition in addition to fibro. Fibro does come with physical or emotional traumas and you could have several things going on with you. I hope you find the help you need. I understand being judged with this illness. Many people do not get it. Even those people who love you and you would expect the most from. I can't work , but fully hope to return to work at some time even if it can't be right now. Fibro is not my only illness either, so it's a tough road. I fully believe finding the right doctor is essential to the road to recovery.

Commenting: Guest
03/19/2013 - 19:12


Commenting: Guest
10/12/2013 - 23:44

No tick bite, no worry. You may have contracted Lyme through the placenta.

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