Seeking advice. I found a lump in my forearm a little over a week ago. The lump is located (palm-side up) about 2-3 inches below my elbow (pinky side). The lump feels like a bb and its tender. At first there was some swelling, but it appears to have gone down and its not as tender. Last Saturday I went to an Urgent Care clinic and the PA took an x-ray and she said that the x-ray showed a reaction. When she tried to explain what "reaction" meant --- it just didn't make sense. Finally, she just said that there was some irritation. I'm not sure how an x-ray would show irritation. I had been using ice, but she told me to switch to heat and take motrin. I don't know what to think. As I mentioned, the lump isn't as tender and the swelling has gone down some, but the lump is still there.
A lymph node or lipoma (fatty tissue deposit) are the major causes of soft tissue lumps.
Obtaining an ultrasound of the lesion can give a more definitive diagnosis.
If there cause is still in question, a referral to a surgeon can be made to consider a biopsy.
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