Hi everyone, just wanted to ask some opions on something. I have what I would say is as large as a oblong cantalope in my upper thigh. When I went to the doctor he said it was a tumor. I was shell shocked, so I didn't receive much info. A couple of weeks later he felt it again and said that it appeared to go down a bit (although the only reason that I went in was because he couldn't even remember what I was talking about, because I wanted and MRI) so any who...he said that it is just a thick mass and we should take a wait and see approach. Now, I am o.k. with that for the most part. I have had two lumpectomies (although the doctors call it that, I don't because it was not cancerous) I have not lost any weight, but I have stayed the same weight for about 2 years. (yes, that is a good thing, but I have been really feeling tired and just not enough energy at all)
What do or would you do? Sometimes I think that my doctor kind of blows me off because I did have some EXTREME anxiety issues a couple of years ago, but am much better now.
I too have a large mass on my upper left thigh.
Around 18 months ago I was given an MRI and the 'specialist' showed me the results which were a great white mass penetrating my thigh bone and said it was a tumour.
Like you I was shell shocked and went 2 weeks thinking that was it because I didn't take in any information either.
However when I went back the so called specialist had changed his mind and said I just had a swelling or odema and it would probably just go away when it was ready.
It is still there and I am now waiting for another referall to get it checked again.
I have just posted another topic in the general health forum with some back and shoulder pain I am experiencing, obviously I am now worried it is something related to this 'tumour' I will just wait and see.
I would advise you to go back if you are still worried and seek a second opinion, changing doctors if necessary.
My question to you is you have been dealing with this for 18 months? that is crazy! Can you see your growth? You can clearly see mine, I was laying by the pool yesturday and it was terrible looking. My doctor said that it was a tumor and then changed his mind as well and stated that it was fatty tissue...I don't buy it all and think that I am going to ask for an MRI...I just don't know about doctor's anymore...
do you have any symptoms? Mine hurts some times, it is NOT moveable and is still about the size of a small canalope...
Yes you can see mine and I am careful what I wear because I think it looks disgusting...
My doctor too said it was a fatty mass and that I must have one thigh fatter than the other, but at the time it was giving me a lot of pain so I wouldn't buy it and pestered untill I got referred for an M.R.I.
The specialist diagnosed a tumour then 2 weeks later changed his mind.
It isn't as painful now but I think I have just learned to live with it...
It is worse when I am cold or if I am lay on it.
Mine too is not moveable and as for size it is about 5" long and 3" wide.
I went to docs a few weeks ago about my IBS and it was only because they looked at my notes and asked me about it that they have decided to take another look and refer me once again.
I will keep you informed and you do the same.
How big is a canalope.... I am in U.K and they musn't be as common here, either that or I am just common...Lol
Well, a canalope is about as big as a large softball (actually it is about twice that size)...I guess I am just going to have to go to another doctor and get a second opion. I was thinking of going to an orthopediac doctor. I guess I will have to get a referral from my primary doctor first...that will be fun.
I don't understand how they can say it is a fatty mass, first of all, mine is raised (like you were saying about yours, what you wear and what not)...does it all of the sudden just appear overnight? I tell you what, doctor's are not the brightest color in the box sometimes, but what do you do?
How is the wheather in the UK? I hope all goes well and will let you know what I find out.
I would be enclined to think that as well...BUT...I have lipomas under my left breast that move all around my rib cage, I can feel them, move them and everything! This thing on my leg is again as big as a canalope and is not moveable at all.
Jennifer, are yours that big? Are some "moveable" and other's not?
I have a big one in my leg that is not movable either...just kind of mushy but will also get firm with tightning of my leg muscle.
Mine are all different, some are close to the surface some are harder than others and some are softer, some are deeper..etc...my doc said that is normal (btw I'm overweight though) so the deeper ones are not as visable due to that.
I have ones by my ribs as well, and they are movable, and sometimes painful..
I would assume that if you have a tumor in your leg that was bad it would be hard and rubbery like an egg or rubber ball.... but even those arn't always seriouse..that is why we get all lumps checked.
by the way lipomas can grow to be huge in size..the one on my thigh is the size of a soft ball and wraps around my leg.... the other one is the size of a grapefruit.
also, my doc said that lipomas a lot of the time come in multiplies.
Last edited by JenniferB123; 03-14-2005 at 02:15 PM.