Hi, I am new to the group. I have had 3 large (grapefruit size and 2 tennis ball size) removed from "deep" in the fatty tissue in my abdomen in 2009. Well, they're back. I heard they are supposed to be slow-growing, but once I find them, they're large and seem to grow faster. I'm not sure if it's my imagination or not. Currently, I have found 4-6 new lipomas all in the upper part of my abdomen--one under my ribs, one under my right side ribcage, one slightly to the right and slightly above navel, and 1-2 more on left side. The problem is they move and they are hard to find because they are deep. I find some while standing, some while lying on stomach or back...just depends. Unfortunately, last year I had my gallbladder removed because of a stone and occasionally pain in that area under my ribs. So now I'm thinking that there's a large lipoma there that was contributing to the pain because I feel something there. A lot of people say that they are not painful, but that's not true. I get occasional sharp stinging pains and discomfort after eating (I'll get bloated from the navel up like I'm pregnant). I'm assuming they're pressing on an organ/organs, but what do I know?
The first surgeon I went to treated me like I was hallicinating because he couldn't feel them or find them with an ultrasound. I went to another surgeon because I knew I wasn't crazy...I knew what I felt. He removed the 3 lipomas that I had found, but before surgery, I had to point out where they were so he could circle them. Here's my question: apparently I have a lot of these things in my abdomen that possibly haven't gotten to the point of being discovered. Will an MRI or CT Scan show them so the surgeons aren't playing guessing games and I'm not going to be going through this surgery repeatedly?