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Hi. A few days ago I noticed that my left leg near my shin felt bruised. It does not look bruised but there is a swelling/lump there. Although I couldn't remember banging my shin I wasn't all that worried about it and figured it would go away. Well it is still there and seems to be getting worse. Last night I noticed that I also have a small lump on my left arm just below my elbow.

I am just back from my GP. He thinks it could be enlarged lymph nodes or a cyst. He told me just to keep an eye on them at the moment and go back in a month if they are still there or if any more pop up. I just find it strange that I have two painful lumps on seperate parts of my body. I also didn't think that these areas would be where I would get enlarged lymph nodes.

Do you think it's likely that these lumps are related?

Thanks for any help.
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replied December 14th, 2007
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Does the second lump has similar appearance like the first one?
Are they painful on touch?
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replied December 14th, 2007
Hi. The lump on my arm has now gone away but the one on my leg is still there. It started off as a swelling but is now a firm lump. It is on my left leg to the left of my shin bone. It is not as sore as it was but is still slightly tender to touch.
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replied March 11th, 2008
Just wondering
I have been searching the web for about 2 weeks now for some insight into what is going on with my leg. I know it has been a while since your post, but I am hoping you will receive this response.

I, too, have a lump in my leg (shin area). Mine is in the right leg right against the shin bone. They have ruled out DVT, and my family doc said she "thinks" it may just be a muscle spasm. My question is should it have lasted this long, and does a muscle spasm cause fluid retention in my leg?

I called my doc yesterday, but she still hasn't returned my call. It is not like I am a hypocondriac or something. I have a large knot on my leg and it is really starting to get painful.

I was wondering if you have been diagnosed? And if you have, would you mind sharing what you found out.

Thanks!
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replied October 6th, 2011
Lump left leg left of shin, lump right leg, left of shin as well
wow, that's interesting because I have exactly what you just described. I have been noticing these for a few years now and they don't seem to be improving. My doc said it was inconclusive back then and to keep an eye on them. Can't afford medical attention right now but would sure love to know just what this could be.
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replied May 27th, 2008
Me too
I am a nurse who often ignores her own health issues. Not good, I know, but I too have recently asked my orthopedic doc to look at a lump on my left lower leg. I have had now for about 3 months, it feels like a bruise. I am having an ultrasound tomorrow to rule out DVT. About 1 week ago I noticed a smaller lump on the back of my neck that is painful as well and appeared quite suddenly. My doc also looked at that one but didn't know what to say other than, "I'm not a neck guy."
I started to wonder if this is swelling lymphnodes, but why? I also have an unexplained drop in my hemoglobin levels. Cancer?? I hope not. I will be following up with an internist to get some more definitive answers.
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replied June 7th, 2008
me too
Hi to all, I have also noticed a lump on my right leg to the side of my shin. It feels like a lymph node and I bumped the area about two weeks ago. But I wondered if any of you found out what the swelling lymph nodes were? I'm hoping yours were nothing. Please let me know. Thank you.
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replied June 12th, 2008
I had my ultra sound and found out that the lump on my leg is a superficial bloodclot and is nothing to be worried about. Treat it with warm compresses and ibuprofen.
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replied June 12th, 2008
thanks 4 x 4 mom
thanks for the reply; it is very helpful. Very Happy
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replied August 26th, 2009
hi i am 18 years old.. i am a guy, and i have 3 lumps (as yous described)on my right leg, and 1 on my left.. i thought it was nothing and just some irritation but now im getting scared.. please let me know any info you can on how to treat this, and basically what am i experiencing here? thank you
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replied September 2nd, 2009
Hi I also have a lump on my left leg ,right of the shin bone.I have an appointment thursday for an ultrasound will let you know what it is. hope you all get answers to your bumps. But keep in mind just because one persons bump is nothing does not mean yours is also. Anything that lasts more than a week should be checked by a doctor. good luck!
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replied September 4th, 2009
Hi everybody.
I am 27 and have been consistently getting these 'mysterious lumps' (my doctors call it) on my legs every year since high school when I was playing tennis... they always seemed to appear either in the beginning of fall or around spring time (prime allergy seasons hay fever etc.)

They are firm, sometimes warm and red, and slightly painful/sensitive. Most show up on the outside of my shine or inside my leg below my calf; occasionally one will be as high as the quadricep muscle.

The lumps always eventually go away. I recommend taking an Antihistamine for allergy relief and using a warm washcloth to influence the lumps to dissipate.

I hope this helped. It's really hard to find info. on this condition.
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replied October 19th, 2009
i have the same thing in the exact same spot on my leg. i noticed it but i thought it would go away; its been a year and it still hasnt gone away. it doesnt hurt at all. and it worries me.
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replied October 19th, 2009
I have a knot in my left leg going on since the beginning of Sept. I went to bed on Sunday night and got up for work on a Monday. I had a hard time putting my shoe on cause it hurt. When I looked down my ankle was swollen and when I rubbed my leg I felt a knot in it. I have had MRIS,CATSCANS,AND XRAYS done but they show nothing. The knot has gone down some but I can hardly touch it and I can not move my foot inward unless it hurts. There is times that it burns and it has woke me up from sleep. I did not bump it or hit on anything. I need help with this. I am getting reaLly tried and I feel like it is all in my head
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replied December 10th, 2009
I too have the same problem and I have had this for three years and have had catscan done and the doctor says it is a binine cyst. It must be removed serguicaly and the sergons will not even give ma a consulation because I have no insurance. wich is also leaving me with a 2200.00 catscan bill. In the last three years this binine cyst comes and goes but each time it comes back it gets worse started out about 1/2" round and now it is about 2 1/2" round, and my foot goes numb from the pressure that pushes against the large nerve that contols the nerves in the foot. I just wanted you to know that if you have no insurance your good as dead sooner or latter. " Thanks to the U.S.A" UNITED STUPID ASs.. This Crock Abomba Ben Lodens black brother is a bull craper. Wheres this insurance for all U.S citizens? I geuess the crack heads with kids not being married first is first prioridy. That the USA for you stiil the land from the indians creat slavery and make people pay taxes on things that is done paid for and to pay for crack head kids. and buy prodcts from a country that attacted us at pearl harbor because it is better for the goverment to still are money. welcome to usa
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replied May 24th, 2011
I am not sure if you are aware, but there are laws in place which allows you to seek treatment and services even without the ability to pay! It would be against the law for them to turn you away, and if they do I would make sure that they were reported to the hospital that they are affiliated with! If they still won't see you, go to the hospital and complain about the pain you are in! If they turned you away, you could easily point out the sign located in the E.R. or the registation papers that you sign. Make sure that that is you number one complaint though, because E.R. treat emergencies only(by the way this sounds like an emergency situation to me, most definitely) You would still have to make arrangments with the billing department, but you could at least seek help! No one want to file bankrupcy, but if you can't pay those bills later, it is a much cheaper and less stressfull situation than trying to make your monthy payment, and you would be alive!!! Good Luck to you and God Bless!
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replied June 19th, 2011
Hey Eatonjames77:

Don't fret. For you all you have to do is go to the psyche ward and they will get you in for free. Oh and by the way, maybe while you are in there you can take some spelling classes. Quit complaining and get a job with insurance benefits.

Seriously, guy you need help.

Gabby
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replied January 4th, 2012
I pray that God will give you understanding and grace for others immediately(maybe by losing your job). My husband lost his union job in construction in 2008 has not been able to find a job that pays anything or has benefits. No insurance since 2009. Sucks. I would give a finger, a toe, for his job of 17 years back. Living in the USA is painful and completely heartbreaking when there are no jobs for so many and we have to coexist next to heartless & ignorant idots like you. I have lumps popping up too. On my last Dr app in 2008 I had cysts on my ovaries and possible cyst on ankle and now above knee. I was recommended to see specialist, but insurance ended the next week. My kids are young and it is scary to think I could have cancer but will not be able to find out until its bad enough for ER. I am crying and the man above may have been too. Who gives a crap about speeling over a human beings hurts.
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replied June 2nd, 2012
Gabby,

Maybe you should try out the psych ward first. The idea that a person who is ill with leg problems to the point of numbness would be able to get and hold a job with that condition is outlandish. Many corporations and insurance companies find ways of getting rid of employees if they cost the company too much money. And if a person does not have tenure with a company, usually at least 12 months of full time work, an employee will not be quailified for the federally mandated FMLA. Which means, they have no protection from termination. Although the person would be missing work for a medical condition, if an employee doesn't meet certain requirements for FMLA they are as good as fired when they become ill.

Millions of Americans have dealt with this corrupt system and to tell someone they should check themselves into the psych ward for being upset about it seems pretty crazy to me, making you a perfect patient. And from what I can tell, you do have a job with good enough insurance benefits so if something that terrible happens to you, you'll never face the very same corrupt conditions based on your logic.

In your own words, "Seriously, guy you need help."

- Marie

(As a side note, people do not get admitted into a psychiatric facility unless they impose a threat on themselves or others. Also, a person would not stay in such a facility for very long without insurance, they would be released immediately once it is determined they are no longer a threat. So even your "joke" makes no sense if that's all it was.)
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replied December 3rd, 2011
Having something going on with your body is an incredible journey. I have a serious nerve illness and my treatments run into the $100's of thousands each year. Insurance issues and the stress they cause are beyond incredible when something as spooky as lumps are in your body. After many relapses and bouts with remmission I found stress is the worst trigger. All this talk about Obama care is just that talk. First I was bankrupted then after they got all my assets I lost treatment for years which hightened my condition and the added stress from where to get health care made it worse. In the end however should you need long term health care Obama did do one thing he made it a bit easier to receive catistophic coverage somewhat easier. I am living it. I am so poor however but I am alive and I can still function. Its even sadder to say that when I go for treatment there are those who are even more ill than I and its quite humbling. My best suggestions are: get informed, stay stress free, check with the county sometimes they have outreach programs, There's $10,000.00 worth of advice I learned the hard way. I am a single white male and believe me there are hardly no available benifits but serveral alternatives. Seriously stress will make it worse, your issue could be many thing but should it be clotting? Stress is not good. God bless you with your journey. I too recently found four lumps next to my shin bone that were not there a week ago and I feel panic and scared to death If it really gets to you the EMERGENCY room idea is a good one it will be years before they can get you and just as long before it actually affects your credit ratings federal laws you know, like I say, living it, good luck
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replied December 12th, 2009
I'm going to bookmark and post here, just 1AM (2:29AM) right now, my right leg between the shin & the ankle on the inner side had a small bump about an inch. After an hour and a half it seems to be bigger and the pain is mild. I'll take ibuprofein and schedule a doctor's appointment to see if it's anything serious. I'm hoping like others have said it's just a minor muscle spasm or a clot. I'll update with time.
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replied December 19th, 2009
Hi my boyfriend now has a lump and we are here reading and laughing at posts.

Thank you.
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replied February 4th, 2012
Why ? would you two be laughing at posts ? hard to understand that comment ?
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replied January 5th, 2010
I first had a lump that started on my left leg,about three inches above my knee,it is tender like a bruise to the touch,I was cincerned about it but just thought it would go away eventually,it has not. About a year later I started getting the same type of lump on the rt side of my back rib area it is also sore to touch, you cannot see anything on the outside of the skin. About a year later I started to get another much smaller lump next to the first ne I got near my knee. I am concerned because I have a lot of cancer that runs in my family,my Doctor said that he does not think they are cysts because there are not openings to them, but he also does ot think they are cancer, he said that they could be fatty tumors, but fatty tumors don't usually cause pain,and he said that he does not want to mess with it. I am not sure what to do, I wonder if a biopsy could cause it to spread if it does hapen to be cancer.
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replied January 21st, 2010
It is not cancer. It is not just swollen. It's not a bug bite. What you guys have is Erythema Nodosum. It is characterized by painful inflammation of the fatty tissue under the skin, primarily on the lower legs and rarely extending much higher than the knee. The "lesions," as the lumps are commonly referred to, can be up to four inches in diameter and are firm to the touch.
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replied February 10th, 2010
Maybe Sarcoma
Hi-
I looked at this post when my husband (22) first noticed a lump on his leg. He we through CT scans, MRIs, and XRays. It wasn't until he had a biopsy that they found out it is a rare form of cancer. It's commonly a childhood cancer. His symptoms were the same as many of you have posted. For those of you that have not had it checked out I recommended you do before it is too late. He has a sarcoma. I know its scary to have it tested, but it can spread, so the sooner you have it tested the better. Even though it is a rare cancer for adults my friend who is 44 has has a leg sarcoma and let it go for a year (they were both diagnosed around the same time). She is going to be ok but chemo is not working as well for her as it is for my husband.

If you don't have insurance ask your doctor if they can help or if the hospital has a charity program. I know it can cost a lot to get to that point, but most states have programs to help pay for treatment if it is cancerous. Try not only talking to your doctor, but a hospital social worker. We didn't have health insurance before he found out what was going on and it took until the biopsy to get health care, but although it means we are going to have bills it still means my husband gets to live a full life. We have only been married for 5 months, and we plan to be married for another 60 years (on earth).

I will check back for anyone who may have a question.
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replied October 22nd, 2011
HI there - I'm very interested in your post - I also have a lump, but it seems very different from what people are describing here. My leg has been bothering me for about two weeks now, and yesterday it became really bad. I started to rub where it hurts the most, and found this lump. It's not red or hot or anything, and does not become more painful to the touch, but man, does it hurt. It keeps me awake at night. I'm getting worried, and cancer is the first thing that came to my mind, just because of the nature of it. Does this sounds anything like what happened with your husband?
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replied May 22nd, 2012
Hi, I just read your post. I have the same exact symptoms that you were having right now. Could you tell me if you've had any tests done and what the results have been? I hope that you are doing alright!
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replied November 13th, 2012
This is crazy. I have exactly the same thing. Had it for many years without pain and then woke up this morning with pain in the bubbly soft lump area. Now I can hardly walk on my foot. Foot kind of numb and pain is dull unless I touch around the soft bump and they it's like a knife stabbing me. I will have to go get it checked out for sure. I have had a staff infection years ago that was very similar. They thought it was a blood clot in my shin area and so they misdiagnosed it and sent me home. Then the pain reached my under arm glands and that is when they knew it was staff infection. Had a skin infection on my toes that started the whole thing off.
Now in just a few hours I can hardly lift my foot up off the ground. Feels like my foot is very heavy.
No swelling anywhere just pain like a when a dentist drills into a nerve. I am going to keep reading a bit here but I am surprised how many people have this issue.
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replied March 7th, 2010
I have a hard, slightly painful lump on my right shin. I have had it since December 2009. It is somewhat swollen and also causes my ankle to swell when standing for long periods. There is no odd coloration. I am making an appointment for the orthopedist on Monday. If it's cancer then I will see how much they need to cut out to get rid of it. If they say amputation is the only way, then I will just live with the cancer until I succumb to it. I don't think it's cancer though. Most likely some sort of cyst. I am also thinking it may be a muscle tear. I seem to remember bending my leg a certain way and feeling pain in that area.
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