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Old 02-10-2004, 03:24 PM   #1
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Soft Tissue Bumps on Back Associated with Pain?

OK, folks, not the most important issue, but one that has intrigued me. Because I use a lot of analgesic "cremes" (most things with trolamine salicylate and/or methol/capsaicin). it is easy to feel the "topography" of my back under my skin. I have noticed that when my back is in more pain, there are what feel like soft tissue "bumps" over the painful areas. Since my pain is always somewhat left of center spine, I can compare with the same area on the right side--bumps aren't there. Likewise, I've found if I put the
"creme" on when I'm not in pain, the bumps are also usually absent.

Anyone notice anything similar or have any idea what they are? They are usually not painful to pressure and seem to recede if the pain recedes. Would tight or spasmy muscles be felt on the surface like this?

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Re: Soft Tissue Bumps on Back Associated with Pain?

Ohhh yea,you can definitely feel the little waded up muscles under the skin.You can actually see them in my shoulders and surrounding areas.Except when I press on mine,I feel alot of pain.Definitely not pleasent.Marcia
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Re: Soft Tissue Bumps on Back Associated with Pain?

[QUOTE=Standingman1]OK, folks, not the most important issue, but one that has intrigued me. Because I use a lot of analgesic "cremes" (most things with trolamine salicylate and/or methol/capsaicin). it is easy to feel the "topography" of my back under my skin. I have noticed that when my back is in more pain, there are what feel like soft tissue "bumps" over the painful areas. Since my pain is always somewhat left of center spine, I can compare with the same area on the right side--bumps aren't there. Likewise, I've found if I put the
"creme" on when I'm not in pain, the bumps are also usually absent.

Anyone notice anything similar or have any idea what they are? They are usually not painful to pressure and seem to recede if the pain recedes. Would tight or spasmy muscles be felt on the surface like this?

Standingman[/QUOTE]
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and i thought it was just me
i have the same thing going on.two golf balls left and right of spine in lower back.definitely more pronounced when pain levels up......scott

 
Old 02-11-2004, 02:55 PM   #4
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Re: Soft Tissue Bumps on Back Associated with Pain?

Thanks, Scott and Marcia--Wow, "golfballs"!! Mine are probably "almonds" at the most (without the shell!) I wonder what's going on here? I guess muscle spasms make sense, especially if they are painful. Or maybe some kind of inflammation...?

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Old 02-12-2004, 05:32 AM   #5
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Re: Soft Tissue Bumps on Back Associated with Pain?

Are there lymph nodes on the back? I've always thought of them as being on the neck, armpit, and groin. But the lymph system, which is part of the immune system, travels throughout the body. Anyway, lymph nodes will swell in response to irritation or infection, and I've read that some medications such as phenytoin (for seizures) can cause swollen lymph nodes. Just a thought.

 
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standingman,
do the creams help with pain.i would use them ,especially in the a.m. when i wake ,thats when i have the most tightness.my spasms seem to happen mainly at night after i lay down.my lumps range from macadamia nut size to golf ball size depending on the day.i dont mind the lumps but the spasms i could do without...scott

 
Old 02-12-2004, 01:52 PM   #7
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Re: Soft Tissue Bumps on Back Associated with Pain?

To my surprise, the creams seem useful to me. The stuff with trolamine salicylate (a form of asprin, basically) is the most helpful for me. I use capsaicin before I work out on treadmill. I actually like the burning sensation--which is triggered when sweat hits where I put the capsaicin--kind of like a heating pad on that particular spot. I also use a methol spray every now and then, which can be helpful for a short time. The cap and methol are, of course, such distractions--like TENS. The trolamine stuff may actually have some inflammatory effect, though it would not get down to the level of disk and nerve roots, so still a bit of a mystery to me why it helps at all. I'm not sure if there is a spasm component or not for me, but probably so, since valium can also be very helpful at times.

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Old 03-02-2004, 04:37 PM   #8
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Re: Soft Tissue Bumps on Back Associated with Pain?

I, too, have the soft tissue balls. I was told that they are fatty deposits. (not sure if this is true though). My right one in my low back is inflammed when I over due it. I have a L5-S1 herniation. Glad I am not the only one. I wish we knew for sure what it was.
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Old 03-02-2004, 05:42 PM   #9
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Re: Soft Tissue Bumps on Back Associated with Pain?

Wow. I've been wondering the same thing about the bumps to the left and right of my lower spine. I have the same symptoms, the ball is bigger when the pain is around, and very small when there is no pain. I was thinking scar tissue or something, but I have no idea what it is. It doesn't hurt to touch them, but it feels like trigger points for the pain. Weird.

 
Old 03-02-2004, 08:06 PM   #10
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Re: Soft Tissue Bumps on Back Associated with Pain?

I was also told they are fatty tissue around my muscles. They always appear larger when I have pain and they are just to the right or left of my spine. It was ALWAYS on left until my acute occurance, it was on the right. I'm guessing it is fatty tissue around muscles reacting to the discs moving to the wrong places. I would say walnut size at largest.

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Old 03-02-2004, 09:59 PM   #11
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Re: Soft Tissue Bumps on Back Associated with Pain?

Interesting! I don't use Biofreeze, but a similar product called Stoppain. But the creams are still the best for me--especially with trolamine salicylate (essentially aspirin). I rub the stuff directly into the "walnut" and it seems to shrink some.

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Old 03-05-2004, 07:32 AM   #12
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Re: Soft Tissue Bumps on Back Associated with Pain?

Wow, I'm not alone. I have these same "bumps" on either side of my spine, lower back. Larger and more obvious the more pain I have. It sort of rolls between your fingers when pressed. I never remember to ask my doctor, so I'm glad it isn't just me and, somewhat "normal".

 
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