Im a 17 yr old British male with blone hair and blue eyes. I'm about 6ft3 in height and weigh about 13 stone.
Over the past 6 weeks, I've had nothing but cancer on my mind. It first started when I found a lump on my left ribs which I thought was cancer and had it checked by my doctor the day after. I was told that it was a lipoma and it was fine.
I now have about 4 of these on my ribs in total, and should be having them removed soon if the doctor will allow it. However, apart from these cysts I have also had quite alot of irritation and pain from some small lumps located on my stomach muscles.
There are 2 lumps, one which is under my left ribs and is under the skin and seems to be attached to what ever muscle/organs are there. The lump is about the size of a pea, however doesn't have the same shape as it feels a little flatter. This pain comes and goes and does not feel like my lipomas.
The second is on my right side and is positioned about 10 cm to the right of my bellybutton. It also stings, however can not be felt as a lump but I think it could possibly be the same thing. The pain comes and goes, and doesn't really seem to have a pattern. Eating and drinking make no difference and when I tense my stomach I can feel the lump more on my left side.
I've read up on the net, and fear that I may have some type of cancer. I dont have any other symptoms and look fit and healthy. I've visisted the doctor about 8 times in the past 6 weeks, and have had blood tests done and they've all came back clear. I asked the doctor if I could have the lipomas removed as they're uncomfortable when I lie on them and he said I should give them a few months and if I'm still not happy then he will operate.
At the moment, the lipomas are not the cause for my concern, it is the other sore spots which I have. None of my lipomas or other lumps stick out of my skin nor are they visible at all. I have to push down relatively hard to feel the lump on my left, and do hope it's nothing serious.
If anyone could shine some light on whats happening to me here, I would be most greatful as this has been tormenting my mind over the past 6 weeks.
hi, I am sorry I do not have an answer however I have a similar story. I am a 27 F slightly overweights no prior health probs excepts herniated discs. I began having a ton of gastrointestinal problems 4 months ago. I feel bloated and my ribs and back kill me. 3 months ago I found 2 pea sized lumps directly on my ribs and one large one in my right breast. Showed doc he poked then said it was a lipoma. However the rib ones hurt and pinch when I turn side to side or especially when touched. Since this started I have began growing them everywhere. I have a total of 6 on ribs on in breast not one has quickly grown inner elbow joint that you can clearly see and is about the size of a golfball but more elongated. I also have a painful spot about 3 inches and to the right of my bellybutton. Doc says it is my aortic artery and he does not know why it is so close to the surface. It hurts so much worse with physical activity. They did a ct scan showed nothing so initially he thought aortic anursym but that would have showed. Now I have no more appts ant it could be up to 6 more months before I see the GI specialist. Some of these bumps hurt and some don't. I hope both of us can find an answer!!! Are you having any stomach problems??? I feel really swollen, painful ribs and doc found blood and leuocytes in urine? feel free to private message me I check this about once a week. best of luck!!!!!!! -Jen
Well, mine actually all started over 7 weeks ago, and from day one all I've done is worried.
Last night was probably my worst night so far. My parents are on holiday in Scotland, I live in Newcastle so I'm about a 2 hour drive away from them.
At about 11pm last night, a sudden stomach ache turned up, and I had to run as fast as I could to the toilet, where I then had diahrea. I checked it, and saw what seemed to look like a patch of blood. However, earlier that day I had been eating alot of red foods and sauces ect. and this is the only time it's happened and I did actually tear my bum from straining so much when I needed the toilet. Sick I know lol, but true.
Anyways after that I started to get upset and there was only my brother and myself in the house at the time and he was in bed watching TV, he then shouted me in to tell me to get some paracetamol being the great brother that he is, and as soon as he said that I just burst into tears with worry and couldn't stop myself.
I'm actually 1 year older than him and he jumped out of bed and asked me straight away if I was ok, he then ran to the phone about to call my parents just before I stopped him and I insisted that we call the NHS or a near by hospital for some help instead. So he sat by the phone while I quickly got the number from my PC with my tears going every where. Phoned the NHS and then was told by an automated machine that I would have to wait 4 hours minimum before I could be spoken to...
So I got the number for my local hospital and called them I then tried to tell the woman on the other end of the phone what was wrong with me and I just burst into tears again and my brother took the phone from me and told her, she then re-directed us to the terrible NHS line and so I had to call a friend instead to see if he knew anyone I could phone.
By this time it was 1am and I tried to speak to him about it over the phone and could'nt stop myself from crying AGAIN! So my brother told him and soon after we had to phone my parents. They couldn't get home till this morning, and once they got home they booked an immediate doctors appointment and I was in the doctors for 10:45 am.
I told the doctor exactly what was wrong with me, and I've seen her 8 times in the past few weeks. She explained that because I was so worried about lumps in my stomach, I'm always prodding and poking and that I've found lumps in my body which are simply just parts of my insides and I've poked them so much that they've become irritated and inflamed. She then went on to tell me that lipomas never ever turn cancerous, and if they ever did it would be a 1 in 1000000000 chance. I was also told that lipomas/cysts are often passed through inheritance and that once you get one, others can grow in the area aswell. This happened to me, I started out with 1 and now have 4 but they really are nothing at all to worry about. So eventhough my other lumps which are'nt lipomas do hurt me, I know they're fine. Just irritated and inflamed they feel like bee/wasp stings sometimes and if i touch them, the sting like hell aswell. The best thing you could do is avoid any physical contact with them and apply hot water bottles. These work for me and really relax my stomach.
She reassured me I had nothing at all to worry about and gave me some anti-muscle spasm pills to stop my cramps and aches. They're called Mebeverine. She also said that if I ever feel worried or scared, I was allowed to go back when ever I wanted just for re-assurance from her and she also told me to buy a book about worrying about your health and how to deal with it. I was also offered counselling which I turned down. I'm not that bad!
Overall, I think what most people on these forums think, is that they have some form of cancer and in most cases, this is'nt true. There are hundreds if not thousands of diseases which share symptoms which are similiar to and sometimes identical to cancer and most lumps you find in your body are benign (non-cancerous). I was told this by 2 doctors, 1 nurse and a specialist all on seperate occasions.
If you are worried, I would suggest you find someone who can look at you, scan you or what ever they do and see that they do it as soon as possible. Not so that they can catch your illnesses quickly if you have any, but to put your mind at rest. Worry is the worst part for me and other people i know.
I hope this has helped you in some way.
Last edited by alangreener; 06-24-2009 at 07:45 PM.
hi I am glad you have found peace. I myself am still on the hunt for answers. I am not fixated on my lumps nor do I touch them constantly (purposefully anyway tight clothes and bra straps do hurt them though). I recheck for new about once a week. Since my last post I have two large in breast, three on right ribs, one on left ribs, still one in stomach right on belly button and a large golf ball in right arm. I know these are not parts of my body becasue they are very large you can see some protruding from skin and new to me. However for those who don't have answers yet I am looking into dercums disease. these are not deep in the tissue and I have a lot of gastro problems to boot. just concerned over the rate of multiplying. I feel well except for pain from lumps and gastro stuff ...you would think if real serious I would feel really sick...so who knows but so far the durcums is the closest. Best wishes to all