Hi there lovehislumps!
Interesting questions! Thanks for posting!
The answers are my own opinions (man, 33y, in a relationship):
Should I encourage him to talk (we've been dating about 6 months now)? Would it make him feel worse if I brought it up?
I believe it would. The less he thinks you think about them the better. So unless he brings them up by himself, I would just let it be. He must know they most likely will multiply as they have already done during the years. And what is there to talk about? The possible treatments perhaps but unless you know something he doesn't already know I would just let it be.
What can I do to make him feel more comfortable about him body? He covers up lots and keeps the lights off (which is fine because I'm shy about my body too!), but I feel sad that he feels nervous.
Yeah, it's terrible for us but luckily it's not a deadly disease. Still we hate our lumps from the bottom of our heart. We think they lessen the person who we really are. I wouldn't want to talk about them and I understand perfectly him silencing about the origin of it and stuff. The chances are he has studied lipomatosis and the fact is it's not very nice reading. Nobody cares too much about this disease because it's not life-threathening, pretty much meaning nobody will not do anything about it.
Since your relationship is in it's early stages do him a favor and just disregard the lipomas. You two live like they weren't there.
Do lipoma have nerve endings? If touch his body will he feel it, will it be nice or painful? (sorry if that's too intimate, but I don't want to hurt him and him be too scared or worried to say, or him to be sad because he can't feel me)
Some do, some don't. Some lipomas can be extremely painful and hurt even without any touching. Some lipomas don't mind whether they were rubbed all day long. But I'm sure he will rather have a little pain than to see you avoiding him
The chances are he doesn't feel a thing.
Will some things make his lipoma painful? Should I avoid certain things or situations?
I personally have more pain in my lipomas after heavy drinking or junk food but other than those no. I assume he doesn't have Dercum's disease which is an extreme version of lipomatosis and the lipomas are hurting like hell. But there are also other problems so you would know it by now.
Is there anything I might do that could cause him to have more lipoma? e.g. foods, activities, any bumps or knocks.
The truth is we don't know what cause lipomas. We have good guesses but nothing definitive. Does his relatives have lipomas? It's pretty common in the cases of lipomatosis. Some call it genetic heredity, but I myself am not so sure about it.
Personally I have developed dozens of lipomas to the exact spots where I previously had a trauma (bruising). Of course this hasn't happened everytime I have had bruises but enough times so that I'm quite certain there's a connection. And I don't think that it's the only way a lipoma can develop either.
But if I was him I would avoid activities which would most likely cause bruising, like boxing or kick boxing. But please don't ask him to stop of doing any exercise! It's quite clear that a moderate exercise helps to slow down the tumor growth as well as eating healthy.
I try to avoid also anything that's generally bad for me but I'm a human being so some junk food here and a little beer there is ok...
Remember, you are a lucky person not having to deal with these lumps yourself! We all others wish there would one sweet day be a treatment option (other than surgery) which would eliminate our buggerers for good. Thus this board.
Thanks for stopping by, be sure to check it every once and a while if there's anything new happening in the field!