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MrSmith
Sep 8, 2010, 10:28 AM
I wouldn't normally post medical problems on a computer forum, but this one is out of interest rather than worry. Last Friday (5 days ago) a big lump suddenly appeared on the side of my forearm, just above the elbow. For a few days it was quite painful but the pain has subsided a lot. Most lump problems I read about are small and appear gradually, but this one is over an inch long by half an inch wide and just seemed to appear. It's really hard (feels like bone, in fact, though it's transverse to the bone). I assumed it was a bite. I never had a fever or felt unwell. It was red to begin with but that seems to have gone now. I would assume it's all over, but I think the lump is as big as ever. Just wondering if anyone has had experience or if there are any doctor's in the house?

snberk103
Sep 8, 2010, 11:25 AM
Had any close encounters with space aliens lately? Sounds like an egg mass.

Seriously.... go see a doctor. If you are concerned enough to get some advice, then at least get some qualified advice.

While you are there, could you please ask your doctor why my Photoshop sometimes forgets how to 'save' a file, until I do a "Repair Permissions'? A silly way of making a point perhaps.... and your doctor might even know the answer, but I don't know whether I can trust your doctor's advice about PS. :)

stonyc
Sep 8, 2010, 11:31 AM
Was it right at the elbow? or an inch or so away from the elbow? If it is right at the elbow, could be your bursa. Better to get it checked out by a professional, though.

maflynn
Sep 8, 2010, 12:23 PM
I'm going to go out on a limb and post that you probably will be better served seeing a doctor instead of gathering medical advice on the internet.

It could be a simple thing, that will go away on its own, or it could be something that needs medical attention and if the advice given directs you to ignore it and you do, that could cause further health complications.

chrmjenkins
Sep 8, 2010, 12:25 PM
I'm going to go out on a limb...

*da dum tsh*

Tomorrow
Sep 8, 2010, 12:30 PM
Cut it open, see what's inside, post the video at www.popthatzit.com.

-aggie-
Sep 8, 2010, 12:34 PM
Rub some dirt on it and use duct tape.

renewed
Sep 8, 2010, 12:50 PM
Gout maybe.

stonyc
Sep 8, 2010, 01:07 PM
Any doctor who gave you advice over the internet without seeing you in person would open him or herself up to a lawsuit... they can even be held liable for curbside consults. I've had a bursa sac in my elbow rupture before, so if your lump was right on the elbow that kind of sounds like what my elbow looked like.

Gout is also a possibility, but you'd be more likely to have had swelling around the area of your big toe first... but not always.

Your best bet is to go in to see the doctor yourself because any doctor here would be insane to give you medical advice without seeing you in person and within the boundaries of an office visit. The best you can expect here is ill-informed speculation, well-intentioned... but still, most likely ill-informed.

steve2112
Sep 8, 2010, 01:14 PM
Lump sat alone in a boggy marsh,
totally emotionless except for her heart.
Mud flowed up into lump's pajamas
She totally confused all the passing piranhas.

She's lump, she's lump
She's in my arm

maflynn
Sep 8, 2010, 01:21 PM
*da dum tsh*

I was wondering if anyone was going to notice ;)

snberk103
Sep 8, 2010, 01:37 PM
...The best you can expect here is ill-informed speculation, well-intentioned... but still, most likely ill-informed.

What?? You don't like my diagnosis of an alien egg mass?

Seriously, I agree with you 100%....

abijnk
Sep 8, 2010, 01:46 PM
Am I the only one still trying to figure out how it can be on the forearm but above the elbow?

yg17
Sep 8, 2010, 01:46 PM
I'm going to go out on a limb and post that you probably will be better served seeing a doctor instead of gathering medical advice on the internet.

It could be a simple thing, that will go away on its own, or it could be something that needs medical attention and if the advice given directs you to ignore it and you do, that could cause further health complications.

But seeing a doctor costs an arm and a leg.

skunk
Sep 8, 2010, 01:50 PM
Am I the only one still trying to figure out how it can be on the forearm but above the elbow?He is obviously standing with his arms upraised. Or perhaps Mr Godwin is involved.

chrmjenkins
Sep 8, 2010, 02:13 PM
Am I the only one still trying to figure out how it can be on the forearm but above the elbow?

But if the lump is in the kitchen, all you need is love.

iBlue
Sep 8, 2010, 02:18 PM
Put some Windex on it.


Had any close encounters with space aliens lately? Sounds like an egg mass.

Seriously.... go see a doctor. If you are concerned enough to get some advice, then at least get some qualified advice.

While you are there, could you please ask your doctor why my Photoshop sometimes forgets how to 'save' a file, until I do a "Repair Permissions'? A silly way of making a point perhaps.... and your doctor might even know the answer, but I don't know whether I can trust your doctor's advice about PS. :)

This is such a funny post! :D

maflynn
Sep 8, 2010, 02:45 PM
But seeing a doctor costs an arm and a leg.

That would then solve the problem, no arm, no lump :p

Surely
Sep 8, 2010, 03:01 PM
A marble?


Put some Windex on it.


That movie was on TBS this weekend.

snberk103
Sep 8, 2010, 03:35 PM
...
This is such a funny post! :D
Thanks! :)
Put some Windex on it. ...

...
That movie was on TBS this weekend.

I don't get it? Of course, we don't get TV either, so there may be a reason.... sigh ....

Ttownbeast
Sep 8, 2010, 03:55 PM
Just sprinkle some crack on it,
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_WSGjWH9W5_I/SZ7F1VhLhAI/AAAAAAAAAmg/wQZKUrm172c/s400/WTF.jpg
Why people come to Mac rumors for medical advice?:rolleyes:

RawBert
Sep 8, 2010, 04:56 PM
Cut it open, see what's inside, post the video at www.popthatzit.com.

OMG... just.... OMG
:D:D:D


Do what I've always wanted to do to a zit. Jam a syringe in there and suck the juice out.

abijnk
Sep 8, 2010, 05:03 PM
But if the lump is in the kitchen, all you need is love.

OMG, I can't believe you said that...

Everyone, please ignore!

skunk
Sep 8, 2010, 05:11 PM
OMG, I can't believe you said that...

Everyone, please ignore!I tried, I really tried. :o

rhett7660
Sep 8, 2010, 08:26 PM
Cut it open, see what's inside, post the video at www.popthatzit.com.

Ok, that is some sick sh%t.....couldn't stop watching thou! LOL

MrSmith
Sep 8, 2010, 08:31 PM
OK, it's just below my elbow if my arm is hanging down. And as I said I wasn't coming here for advice and I'm not worried. I was just curious if anyone has had the same thing. I wasn't asking for a hands-on diagnosis. You guys are too funny. :D

Tanto
Sep 9, 2010, 07:21 AM
OK, it's just below my elbow if my arm is hanging down. And as I said I wasn't coming here for advice and I'm not worried. I was just curious if anyone has had the same thing. I wasn't asking for a hands-on diagnosis. You guys are too funny. :D

If you have pain rotating your wrist and/or pain while compressing your forearm (think hitting a solid object with the palm of your hand) then it could be a bone cyst. I had one in the exact same spot. So I would see a doctor and have an X-ray taken. If it is a bone cyst, you'll see it clear as day as a large dark area on your bone.

MrSmith
Sep 9, 2010, 09:15 AM
If you have pain rotating your wrist and/or pain while compressing your forearm (think hitting a solid object with the palm of your hand) then it could be a bone cyst. I had one in the exact same spot. So I would see a doctor and have an X-ray taken. If it is a bone cyst, you'll see it clear as day as a large dark area on your bone.
Is this information I see before me?

No pain unless I poke it. What happened after your X-ray? What was the treatment and the outcome?

GoCubsGo
Sep 9, 2010, 09:17 AM
Is this information I see before me?

No pain unless I poke it. What happened after your X-ray? What was the treatment and the outcome?

It is 10:15 am, it's early on the west coast but there are walk-in clinics. It is just the right time to call your doctor on the east coast. That brings me to this ... WTF are you still doing here and why haven't you called a doctor?

Also, please make sure you ask that photoshop question for me as well, save me from having to create a thread.

Tanto
Sep 9, 2010, 09:50 PM
Is this information I see before me?

No pain unless I poke it. What happened after your X-ray? What was the treatment and the outcome?
It starts with pain localized to poking it, but progresses to what I described above. The cyst is effectively eating away your bone so ultimately the sooner it is identified, the less time you have to have a cast on it.

The treatment involves surgery to remove the cyst from inside your bone and then filling the void with a special growth "gel" (from what I remember) and then having your arm from the upper arm down in a cast for 6 months or until the X-ray show that the void has been re-filled with bone.

There can be issues with limited rotation of your had because the surgeon has to deal with a lot of connective tissue in that area but my results were a full recovery with no after effects. I just have a sweet scar there.

But once again, only a visit to your doctor can conclusively identify your condition.

Are you under 18? These things are most common with teenagers because these things tend to form on growth plates.

Sun Baked
Sep 10, 2010, 05:20 PM
Swollen lymph node or benign cyst.

People normally get the cysts on their back, since that is the spot that you can't pop the zit.

MrSmith
Sep 17, 2010, 06:27 PM
BTW I went to the docs and he said it was probably a bite and unless it was getting bigger (it was a large red area to begin with) not to worry and go back in three weeks or so.