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Painful lipoma on the elbow - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, I have a painful lump on the inside of my elbow. It is hard and very tender to touch. It isn't in the crease, it is more to the side of the crease. I am a 21 year old female with SLE.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   I will need to ask few more questions to help you better
User :   okay
Doctor :   DO you associated fever
User :   No
Doctor :   And Any peculiar scars or rashes on the face
User :   I am on anti biotics as I had impetigo on my face last week.. and I now have a very odd rash on my buttocks
Doctor :   Did you recently involve in weight lifting
User :   ha no
Doctor :   And any previous history of fibrocystic disease breats
User :   no
Doctor :   Then the most probable cause is Lipoma or Nodule
User :   what are they? are they dangerous / require any treatment
Doctor :   Because we cant associate with SLE as no fever is associated
Doctor :   And neither Fibrocysytic disease breast
User :   okay
Doctor :   The left out causes are lipoma and nodules
User :   okay. are they bad?
Doctor :   We generally treat them with hot fomentation and tight bandidng
Doctor :   No not at all
Doctor :   They are mosatly caused due to excessive depositon of fats
User :   okay
Doctor :   They are genrally beningn
Doctor :   Very rarley lead to pain
User :   do i need to see my gp?
Doctor :   In that case we just have topical fomentation
User :   you see this is very painful
Doctor :   With some painkilleres
Doctor :   Ya i get you
Doctor :   In that case i would suggest you to start on BRUFEN twice daily
Doctor :   With hot fomentation and watch for a three days
Doctor :   Incase you hev the symptoms unreleived then
User :   ok - i already take brufen every day and paractamol and tramadol so hopefully this will help anyway
Doctor :   I would suggest you get examinede bya doctor for the same#
User :   ok
User :   thank you
Doctor :   Ya should help
Doctor :   And one more thing
Doctor :   IS the lump movable?
User :   no
Doctor :   Is it moving along with the movement in elbow ( with muscle / joint/ bone
User :   no its just down from the crease and to the left of it. it doesnt move at all
Doctor :   Ok then start on the same painkillers you have
User :   ok
Doctor :   And Try hot fomentation too
User :   ok
Doctor :   Will have releif
User :   thank you
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Wishing you a speedy recovery
Doctor :   Bye for now
User :   thank you . bye now
Doctor :   Take care
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