Giving it a Name.

Giving it a Name.

It’s not often that I get too personal on this blog, but something very big is happening in my life right now.

backFor many years I’ve had a lump at the base of my neck/top of my back.  I’ve had x-rays galore on it, and no one has been able to tell me what it was.  I always felt I knew what it might be, but with so many doctors not being able to identify it, I dropped the subject altogether.

Over the last 8 years, I’ve noticed that it’s grown in size.  It’s now at the point that necklines on clothes don’t sit right, I don’t feel I can wear my hair up so that it’s not covered by hair or a collared shirt, and it’s actually starting to get uncomfortable to look straight up, or lay on my back.  It’s in the way.

During a week that I was feeling particularly down, during one of my GP appointments, I asked my doctor about it.  Told him how much it’s been depressing me, how uncomfortable I am and frustrated that I’ve never been able to get it diagnosed properly.  This doctor has been our GP for about 4 years now, and has been a wonderful carer to our entire family.  He’s wonderful with our son, and always makes sure we’re all taken care of.  It’s a level of care that we’ve not experienced with a GP before.

He took one look at it, felt it, and said that he knew exactly what it was.  He sent me for an Ultrasound to confirm (I’d never had it ultrasounded before), but he was 98% sure it was a benign lipoma.  Don’t google it.. it’s kinda icky.  Basically it’s a separate pillow of fatty tissue that sits between the skin and muscle.  I’ve always felt it was this, although I never had a name for it.


Long story short, I’m having it removed today.  After all this time, it’s finally going away. It’s been a very emotional thing for me, and it really has only started to hit that this fault, this roadblock is going to be gone. I honestly wonder how many things I’ve missed out on during to being insecure about this lipoma.

In preperation, I had been lightly persuaded to go for a new hair do.  Largely in part to make things easier for my dear husband.  It’s really been a good thing to get done, I’ve cut away most of the heavily dyed/bleached ends, and with my soon to be less bumpy back, it might be the push I need.

It’s day surgery, so ill be in and out in no time. But I’m not sure on recovery. Husband is taking a week off to help, and we’ll see from there. I’m not sure how much of anything I’m going to be able to do.  I’ll be up and about as quickly as I can, I have a lot of plans to put into action once I’m recovered.

There is much tea to be drunk!

8 thoughts on “Giving it a Name.

  1. I hope everyting goes well for you, it should be just fine. I have couple of lipoma’s and the removal was very easy.

  2. Hello,

    I too have this lump. I’m twenty and never noticed it until today. I hate it. I saw it and thought, “Oh god, something else to hate about myself”. I have a part time job and no health insurance, do you happen to know how much is the cost of the removal if it is the same thing you had…? I came to this page by googling “lumps on necks”. This is the only thing that came close to what I have. Do you know if this most likely happens to over weight people? Are there any bad things that can result from this?

    Thank you,

    1. Being in Australia, we can have it done through the public health system. I had to wait 3 months before I was able to get in, which is a relatively short waiting period.

      From what I know of it, it’s mostly common in women, and weight is not always a factor.

      I was told the worst thing may be that it grows back over time, which is fine, because it can be removed again. So far the main hurdle has been the recovery. 5 months on and there are days where I still have pain.

  3. I see. Yeah, that’s not long at all.

    Well thank you for your information. It was been very helpful! I hope your pain goes away.


  4. Thanks vintage girl I found the answer! I do have the same problem too, im 21 now I got to ask my doctor for ultra sound.

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