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Forum Name: Spinal problems and back pain

Question: Lumps on back with pain

 greg - Mon Apr 16, 2007 3:39 am

40 Yr old Male, I have been told by my Doctors so far that it is Fatty tumors, Cysts, and muscle pain. One shot of pain Med w/ steroids in the affected area helped for 6-8 hours, Family has history of fatty tumors. No Meds

In Dec I noticed a lump on my lower back 2-3 inches from the spine and have since found 2-3 more in the same area. I have had increasing back pain over/ in the right hip area over the last 2 years and only recently realized they may be connected. When I have a sharp stabbing pain (pain will stop me dead but then goes awayusualy in 10-15 seconds like it never happened) the main lump is hard as a rock and softens as the pain dissipates. This pain seems to hit me more when I walk over uneven ground or when moving from a sitting to standing position (1/2 way point), very seldom when I am doing heavy lifting, or strenuous activity, and is never consistant 2-7x a day, once a day, once in a week etc. The CAT scan did not revile anything and I have an MRI later this month. I have read a lot of people with the same symptoms, but never a possible diagnosis or thought other than Lymph node.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sun Apr 22, 2007 9:57 pm

User avatar It sounds as if you may have a lipoma (fat cell tumor) that is irritating some muscles or nerves in the area. This could explain why they cause more pain with walking, etc.

Generally lipomas are benign but can cause pain. They can be removed surgically in a relatively simple procedure.

The MRI should give some good information for you. Your doctor should be able to give you some good treatment options at that point.

Best wishes.

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