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When I woke up this morning I noticed a big, red, sensitive

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When I woke up this morning I noticed a big, red, sensitive to the touch large hard lump on the outside of my left elbow. It is about at size of a quarter but fairly thick. As the day progressed, I discovered a much smaller and not so thick but still tender and hard, red lump at the bottom my right shoulder blade. Should I be concerned? I don't have an appt. to see my primary care doctor unitl the 11th. Thanks in advance for any suggestions you may have. Sage Morris; I am a 59 yr. old female with arthritis and Connective Tissue Disease as well as many C spinal condition that range for malformed lordosis, to stenosis,spondylosis to tri-level fusions of C-3-4 & 4-5 (complete w/cages, plates & screws). I am facing another C-spine surgery for C2 -C3 and C-5. 5-6 and 6-7 again with cages, plates and screws. I don't know if any of my history is of help to you with these painful lumps on my left elbow or right shoulder blade but I mentioned them to you, just in case.
Dr Brims :

Hello, welcome to Justanswer, I will try to assist you with your medical question, and any medical information you seek

Dr Brims :

Is the lump painful?

JACUSTOMER-ygwlf77e- :

yes

Dr Brims :

Does anything make the pain better or worse?

JACUSTOMER-ygwlf77e- :

keeping it immobile with an ace bandage but after a few hours the bandage felt too tight because my arm had swelled.

Dr Brims :

Okay, this may be an inflamed bursa, called bursitis

Dr Brims :

It is usually treated with an anti-inflammatory drug like motrin or aleve

Dr Brims :

That usually helps the swelling and pain

Dr Brims :

Sometimes, antibiotics are required if it is infected

JACUSTOMER-ygwlf77e- :

They have to be drained, don't they? What caused me to get this? I didn't do anything yesterday to warrant an injury and simply woke up this morning with it and now another one is forming on my right shoulder blade.

Dr Brims :

If it is infected it may have to be drained

Dr Brims :

It may have been caused by irritation within the bursa

JACUSTOMER-ygwlf77e- :

Thank you, ***** ***** I will be seeing my doctor on the 11th

Dr Brims :

You're very welcome

Dr Brims :

I'm happy I could help

JACUSTOMER-ygwlf77e- :

Bye Bye

Dr Brims :

If you have any other questions on this topic please feel free to ask

JACUSTOMER-ygwlf77e- :

ok thx

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