Massage therapists may notice these bumps during a standard massage of fibromyalgia patients. The lipomas will feel like movable knots or bumps but will be unable to dissolve them.
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Nobody knows what causes lipomas but they tend to run in families and most commonly appear between 40 and 60 years of age.
Although lipomas are generally painless, they can be more painful for fibro patients. In general, people with fibromyalgia tend to be more hypersensitive to pain than the average person. People who have multiple lipomas have a condition called lipomatosis.
WHY ARE LIPOMAS MORE COMMON IN FIBROMYALGIA PATIENTS?
Lipomas are more common in patients with fibromyalgia, although anyone can develop them. It can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between lipomas and knots of swollen tissue under the skin at pressure points. These can also be called myofascial trigger points and are often associated with myofascial pain syndrome. Many people with fibromyalgia also have myofascial pain syndrome, so these growths can be an overlapping symptom.