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Sebaceous Cyst on Should blade

Posted by
Blair on February 22, 2003 at 11:01:42:

I am wondering if anyone have the same. I have this supposedly sebaceous cyst on my back right on the right shoulder blade. It started out the size of a peanut many years ago, (15+) and the doctor said to leave it along. Over the years it has grown. I keep a close watch on it with different doctors to see if I get the same diagnosis. All have been a sebaceous cyst and to leave it alone even though it is the size of a small egg. I went to a plastic surgeon who is a dermotogist and it seems he did not want to remove it because it was so large that it would leave a huge indented scar. So, I forgot about it. This cyst does nothing but sit there. No oozing or nothing. Its fatty. However, for the past three years, I've notice a pulling under my right arm down to the elbow. It seems like a tendon that need to be stretched. I am wondering if this is stemming from the cyst? I've had my under arm examined thoroughly by my GYN doctor and he found nothing omnious. I had my regular doctor to take a look and no one seems to know why I have this pulling. Can someone help me here? I know that I;ve been under a lot of stress for years and am wondering if this could be a problem. I do know that my body hurts in all kinds of places when I am really stressed out. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this weired situation I am in. p.s. the pulling doesn't come at any particular time, nor is it there all the time. I try to notice what I am doing when I feel it but it just routine stuff. I can get up in the mornings and notice it, especially when I stoop to put on my shoes. If I lie down on the right shoulder I notice it as well. So there is no particular thing that produces it. Thanks

Blair



Re: Sebaceous Cyst on Should blade (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on February 23, 2003 at 07:05:43:

In Reply to: Sebaceous Cyst on Should blade posted by Blair on February 22, 2003 at 11:01:42:

Hi, Blair.

So your advice, all along, was wait until it gets bigger and now the advice is that it is too big to remove???

Find a good general surgeon and get it removed!!!

Anything this large WILL leave an indented scar but it will lessen over the years. Now that it is pressing on deeper structures (Your new symptoms are probably related to this.) you really do not have any choice.

Let us know what happens and how you do.

Walt



Re: Sebaceous Cyst on Should blade

Posted by Sally on February 23, 2003 at 08:57:46:

In Reply to: Sebaceous Cyst on Should blade posted by Blair on February 22, 2003 at 11:01:42:

Blair, I admit to being extremely suspicious of doctors who will put a name on something even though they don'

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Posted by Sally on February 23, 2003 at 09:02:42:

In Reply to: Sebaceous Cyst on Should blade posted by Blair on February 22, 2003 at 11:01:42:

Blair, I admit to being extremely suspicious of doctors who will put a name on something even though they don't know what it is. Can you see a physical therapist or a massage therapist for a second opinion? I say this from personal experience. They were certainly wrong about my lumps.

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Re: Sebaceous Cyst on Shoulder blade (Archive.)

Posted by
Blair on February 23, 2003 at 09:36:23:

In Reply to: Re: Sebaceous Cyst on Should blade (Archive.) posted by Walt Stoll on February 23, 2003 at 07:05:43:

Thanks Walt for your advice. I kind of think that this large lipoma's roots may be pressing on perhaps a nerve, tendon or ligiment of some sort. Sally, I did have a massage by a physical therapist who said that if massaging it the correct way, that it might get reduced. However, I don't won't to spend money on that if it doesn't work. I might as well just remove the damn thing. Three different doctors told me that it is a benign lipoma. (fatty) for whatever its worth. Again, like I said - it has been sitting there like a bump on a log for years but until the last three years I started to notice this pulling sensation on and off. I have an appointment with my regular physician tomorrow afternoon and at that time will ask his advice for a good surgeon. I will keep you all informed of my progess. Of course I am worried now. But a little at ease since my GYN doctor gave me a good examination under the arm for lumps. That was negative. All mammos have been negative as well. Again thanks.
Blair



Re: Sebaceous Cyst on Shoulder blade (Archive.)

Posted by Sally on February 23, 2003 at 11:01:10:

In Reply to: Re: Sebaceous Cyst on Shoulder blade (Archive.) posted by Blair on February 23, 2003 at 09:36:23:

Blair, mine were called lipomas as well and I still can't tell you what they were except it is some sort of fibrous tissue that develops due to ???. I had a thyroid deficiency and costo. I've had lots of physical therapy and I continue doing a lot of it on my own. I use the tennis balls and the Backnobber (an S shape rod so you can reach behind you using leverage and pressing on the points) and a lot of these so-called lipomas are going way. The massage person told me that tucked under the shoulder blades is a very common area for these to develop (trigger points) and also right along the spinal column. This has proved very true. I'm just very cynical about doctors and especially surgeons and really worry about the poor innocents. Perhaps I worry too much.



Re: Sebaceous Cyst on Shoulder blade (Archive.)

Posted by
Blair on February 23, 2003 at 11:07:21:

In Reply to: Re: Sebaceous Cyst on Shoulder blade (Archive.) posted by Sally on February 23, 2003 at 11:01:10:

Sally, I too worry about surgeons these days. Especially what happened with that 17 year old girl who died yesterday from the surgeon's mistake. If I have to have surgery I will definitely check out the doctor. The hospital would be NYU Medical Center. And if the surgeon there doesn't prove right, I'll then go to Cornell Weil Medical Center. A therapist told me at one time she could work on this lipoma to make it smaller, but I don't trust that idea. Though when she massaged my under arm and shoulder blade, for one week my arm felt so much better. I did not feel the pulling at all. Go figure. Mind over matter here? So, I will wait and see what my doctor will tell me tomorrow. Will let you know. Stay tuned.



Re: Sebaceous Cyst on Shoulder blade (Archive.)

Posted by Sally on February 23, 2003 at 17:45:08:

In Reply to: Re: Sebaceous Cyst on Shoulder blade (Archive.) posted by Blair on February 23, 2003 at 11:07:21:

Yes, keep us posted Blair. A lot of people come to this board with "lumps" and are usually very scared. I am going to do more research myself about lipomas and lumps produced by muscles and neuromas, lumps on nerves, I think. I'm sure the surgeon never saw a lump he didn't like :)



Re: Sebaceous Cyst on Should blade

Posted by
Andrea on February 23, 2003 at 18:49:41:

In Reply to: Sebaceous Cyst on Should blade posted by Blair on February 22, 2003 at 11:01:42:

Hi Blair

Last week I had my sebaceous cyst excised, I could not get it removed completely because it was infected and very painful. Now I am having it packed with piece of gauze daily inside a hole from the cyst which is in the middle of my chest, I can tell you its not very pleasant and quite painful. I have been told and have found out on this site that the cyst may come back and I will have to have the scar reopened and the cyst and gland attached taken out completely. Trust me you do not want this, get it cut out before it gets infected, it may not get infected but after this episode but in future I wont be taking that chance. Getting Stitches is better than having to have a hole packed everyday I can tell you! I also recommended taking EFA's which Dr Stoll has recommended to help prevent future cysts. Hope this helps!

Andrea

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Re: Sebaceous Cyst on Shoulder blade (Archive.)

Posted by jenny on February 24, 2003 at 11:19:56:

In Reply to: Re: Sebaceous Cyst on Shoulder blade (Archive.) posted by Sally on February 23, 2003 at 17:45:08:

I had a sebaceous cyst removed by my FP doc over a year ago. It had been sitting there on my shoulderblade for years and was being aggravated by my purse strap or any shoulderbag which I carried on that shoulder.

At one point I thought it was going away, but no, it was just lurking (L!). It was smaller than yours, but still noticeable when I wore bathing suits, etc. (And of course, every time I took a shower, or looked in the mirror.) My doc removed it in a very simple office surgery. A few shots numbed the area and I felt no pain. I now have a tiny depression there. Glad to be rid of it! Good luck.

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