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Forum Name: Brain Tumors

Question: Pituitary Tumor the cause of Lipomas?

 raillery - Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:38 pm

I was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor last year - the doctor is taking a 'wait and see' approach to treatment. Currently, I do have some hormonal disturbances, like premature menopause, but the doctor thinks that it is not worth removing at this point. Since I was diagnosed, I have developed lumps all over my body. When they first appear, they are very painful - like a deep bruise but then gradually become less sore as time goes by although, they are still painful to the touch. The lumps are everywhere - in my breasts, neck, chest, ribs, abdomen, arms, armpits, back of thighs and vary in size from 5mm-2cm. It seems as though new ones are appearing every week and I could not possiby count the number i have at the moment. I am wondering if they could be caused by the tumor or if I should have them checked out by another doctor. My current physician is not concerned about them and has not suggested any further investigation but I am troubled by the breast lumps. There are so many that i would have no way of knowing which ones are okay and which ones could be something to worry about. I would appreciate any advice. Thanks.
 Faye Lang, RN, MSW - Fri Mar 20, 2009 2:52 pm

Hello Raillery,

The lumps and tumors that you describe are not usually associated with pituitary conditions and can indicate serious disease. I do not understand why your doctor is unconcerned. I believe you should be very concerned, and get a second opinion as soon as possible. Seeing an Endocrinologist would be ideal. Whatever you decide, your situation is urgent and needs evaluation by a physician who is more interested in resolving your condition. I wish you good luck and good health.

Faye, RN, MSW

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