I have multiple lipomas along my rib cage. Recently the one under my ribcage is very painful, to the point where it is disrupting my sleep. When I get them examined, the doctor usually just goes ah ha,...just a lipoma, don't worry about it, they don't hurt. This one does and the other ones at various times will ache. I went to an endocrinologist because I have nodules and a goiter in my thyroid and mentioned it but no one seems to be concerned.
Should I Be Concerned if a Lipoma is Painful?
Doctor Answers 2
Lipomas are generally not painful.
This particular lipoma may be pressing on a nerve and that's the cause of pain. Or else it is not a lipoma. Since it is causing symptoms, it would make sense to remove it.
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Lipomas can hurt
It is rare for lipomas to cause intense pain. If anything, they can sometimes cause discomfort, but usually, they are just a nuisance. If you are having discomfort/pain, you should go back to your doctor. There is no harm in getting lipomas removed--the best person for this is a general surgeon or plastic surgeon. Good luck!
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