Lumps and bumps under the skin?

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jeanneac
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   Posted 7/21/2014 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Do many of you have real lumpy texture under your skin? My upper arms are just full of lumps and bumps. I also think I feel a really big bump above my knee. I think it's lumpy muscles. When I rub my upper arms at these bumps, it starts to itch. Very odd. I am afraid I am at the end of the line for antidepressants working for me. I've had such bad side effects and now I have tremors in my legs. Going back to my doctor this week. It's so hard to have something that lasts so long and won't go away. Bad days of flares are really bad and I live in the southeast where it rains A LOT, so I feel worse when it rains. I want to go live in the desert.
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Michael1968
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   Posted 7/21/2014 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Jeanneac,
I do not have these lumps and bumps you speak of, however I know others have experienced this. It is like a ropey tight muscle I believe, a knot in the muscle. I know that Sherrine, another Mod has had this type of experience and she uses a trigger point book that taught her how to press on them and massage them out. she fixed a bad case of frozen shoulder that she had by using the trigger point therapy workbook.

Seeing Your Doc is a great idea. Hopefully they can give you some help. Unfortunately Fibro would follow you to whatever climate you went to. Rheumatologist offices in Arizona are just as busy with fibro patients as the ones in the other 49 states. I too wish I could move away from it.

I'm sure others will be along soon to help you out as well. Take care and I hope you have a week with less pain.
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Ljm2014
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   Posted 7/21/2014 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Rainy summer here also in the mid atlantic..whole east coast really

when we have vacationed in desert areas..i had the least pain in my life... The relief was amazing to me. However my husband would move me to the desert in a minute...but our awesome daughters and their hubbies are here in the east..so i would not make that choice..my youngest wants us to move south with them...she loves the warm weather, hates the cold and also has early fibro symptoms. I am not sure about the humidity in the south east...

I have what was told are cysts..under the skin in places..they are hard, tender lumps..not part of muscles..they appeared at the same time as my fibro activated.

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   Posted 7/22/2014 2:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Yep, it's been rough this week with all of the storming in Georgia. I've taken more tramadol this past week than I've done in the last year.

Watch out for the tropical depression building near the islands. There's talk of it heading our direction. Groan....
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   Posted 7/22/2014 5:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I have them all over. I am totally lumpy. I don't know if they are fibro knots or fatty tumors. But mine don't seem to hurt, but are aggravating. They tend to be near a joint, or the end of a muscle. I don't think that they are tender points or trigger points. On me anyway.

I hope you figure out what they are. I just figure it may be old age for me. Though I didn't have them until I got the fibromyalgia.

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jeanneac
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   Posted 7/22/2014 6:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Are you in coastal Georgia, Joy? I used to live in coastal Georgia. I swear the fibro/RA stuff is worse here inland. I'm in Tallahassee now. We get a lot of Gulf moisture and thunderstorms. Yep, I agree, it's been a bad year!!!! It rains sooooo much in Tally. I've heard people with migraines suffer a lot here too.

I have no idea why my arms are so lumpy. I figured it was fat but it's more in the muscle. It itches like crazy when I massage it too.
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   Posted 7/22/2014 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I have fibro knots in my upper arms…lumps and bumps! I call them my "Achey Breaky Arms," and I even started a thread with that title…click on my <3 in blue to the left right above where it says, Regular Member, to see that thread. I actually go for massage once a month and the therapist works mostly on breaking up the knots and gives me so much relief. By the time I see her again, they are all built up again and causing pain and tension stress to the point of keeping me awake at night. These knots are also called "Trigger Points," and are discussed in a book called "The Triggger Point Handbook" that Sherrine has talked about in her posts. Jeanneac, please let me know if you find out anything else that helps you. Laying on a heating pad on your side is helpful too. I am on Savella and that helps with the pain as well.
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   Posted 7/22/2014 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Here is the link about my arms, just like you!
http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=24&m=2996262
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jeanneac
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   Posted 7/22/2014 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Its' funny though, my arms don't bother me but my shoulders and neck bother me. It's so strange. The thing the puzzles me the most is that when I rub the knots, it itches. It's probably some toxic crap in the muscles and fat.

Thanks for your responses.
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couchtater
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   Posted 7/23/2014 3:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to live in Banbridge, Statenville, & Attapulgus as a child. We used to shop in Tally. I now live in NE GA.
Joy
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jeanneac
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   Posted 7/23/2014 6:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Georgia can get some nasty weather, ice storms, tornadoes etc.......... and NE Georgia gets some cold weather in the winter!
d 1/09 with colitis sigmoid colon with some diverticular disease as well, Colon resection Nov. 2010, now in remission!
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Positive ANA speckled pattern 1:180, high sed r

couchtater
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   Posted 7/23/2014 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
It's not that bad up here. I haven't pulled out my heavy coat in over two years. It has only snowed twice this past year and it melted within three days.
Joy
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When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

couchtater
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   Posted 7/23/2014 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
It's not that bad up here. I haven't pulled out my heavy coat in over two years. It has only snowed twice this past year and it melted within three days.
Joy
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When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

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   Posted 7/23/2014 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
jeanneac,
My massage therapist advises me to drink lots of water the day I have a massage, because breaking up the knots sends toxins into the lymphatic system that need to get flushed out…so you are right about the toxins. If you decide to try massage, make sure you find a therapeutic massage therapist that will spend the time working on the knots in your arms…Mine spends about 20-25 minutes on each arm! I have incredible relief for several days after and sleep so well.
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   Posted 7/23/2014 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I have too many lumps and knots to count. The ones in my legs hurt the worst. They are tiny hard lumps under the skin.I use a small rubber ball to rub them. It hurts but at the same time brings relief. I also have developed 5 fatty tumors since I got fibromyalgia.

jeanneac
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   Posted 7/24/2014 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh wow, it sounds like a lot of people have issues with this!
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ladybug44r
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   Posted 8/2/2014 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
hi all Its been a little while I have to borrow computer.
I have knots in back of my legs that hurt like crazy at first drs was saying it was fatty tissue but a new wonderful dr told me its baker cystics fatty tissues don't hurt. although I have a couple of them too.
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jeanneac
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   Posted 8/11/2014 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Never heard of this disease. Glad you are better though.
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dacarte3
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   Posted 9/18/2017 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
getting by said...
They tend to be near a joint, or the end of a muscle. I don't think that they are tender points or trigger points. On me anyway.


Hello everyone, I'm bumping up (no pun intended) this thread because I'm having a similar issue.

For me they are near joints or at the end of muscles as well, this quote really got my attention.

When searching online about this I came across how those with Fibro experience this and their descriptions seem to match.

Also, I have lyme disease and I know many symptoms and issues with Fibro overlap with lyme and vice versa, so this seems to make much more sense as I look for answers on this.

Also, I've been having a lot more Fibro symptoms recently as I continue to treat lyme so I don't think it's a coincidence.

For me it's happening around the knee and hamstring joints and tendons where muscles start (starts attaching to their corresponding tendon).

I really hope this is what I'm experience as well and they are benign.

I don't know much about Fibro other than some of the similar symptoms that overlap with lyme so please excuse my ignorance.

So this is a real thing uh (rhetorical question)?

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   Posted 9/18/2017 7:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Myofascial pain?? Anyone else been diagnosed w/this ?

Feel kinda Like 'Charlie Horse' lumps?

Have them, mainly in upper arms, but also sometimes in back, near shoulder blades.. In areas around knees & thighs. Also 'ropey' muscles. So look forward to every appointment w/therapist so she can massage them.
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   Posted 9/18/2017 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
DianeB said...
Myofascial pain?? Anyone else been diagnosed w/this ?

Feel kinda Like 'Charlie Horse' lumps?

Have them, mainly in upper arms, but also sometimes in back, near shoulder blades.. In areas around knees & thighs. Also 'ropey' muscles. So look forward to every appointment w/therapist so she can massage them.


Similar to what Sawa posted:

"I have too many lumps and knots to count. The ones in my legs hurt the worst. They are tiny hard lumps under the skin.I use a small rubber ball to rub them. It hurts but at the same time brings relief."

Most are not tender, one is.

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   Posted 9/18/2017 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
DianeB said...
Myofascial pain?? Anyone else been diagnosed w/this ?

Feel kinda Like 'Charlie Horse' lumps?

Have them, mainly in upper arms, but also sometimes in back, near shoulder blades.. In areas around knees & thighs. Also 'ropey' muscles. So look forward to every appointment w/therapist so she can massage them.


Wait, is "ropey" muscles when like the entire muscle is NOT smooth? Where there's like grooves going all up and down the muscle?

Ljm2014
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   Posted 9/18/2017 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I have these , feel like cysts.. dr says benign..when i developed them, i had some internal and a couple external..

Topical pain relievers help when they are tender

Know others with fibro who have these also..

Lj

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   Posted 9/21/2017 6:12 AM (GMT -6)   
'Ropey' is term both my physical therapist & PM doctors used when my muscle feels harder, & when I rub the muscle it literally reminds me of a braided-type rope

Mentions ropey muscles in the section under

"How to find trigger points"

https://blatmanhealthandwellness.com/myofascial-pain/
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