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Formula fields mysteriously increase in size

Was wondering if anyone experience this issue with formula fields.  We have a string of formula fields in a Custom Object (about 10 - 20 formula fields referencing the Opportunity and one field totaling them) that we last saved about 2 - 3 months ago and now we're trying to edit the field names due to departmental name changes and receive a error message that we exceed the 5,000 character limit.  Salesforce does not even allow us to hit Edit then Save.  So for some reason those formulas increase from 4938 to 5137 characters without anyone touching them (per the Audit Trail).  Salesforce is giving us the generic answer of please use a Workflow rule to reduce the size of the formula fields and refuses to look into this issue.  Is anyone else having this issue?




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