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Sharp sudden leg pain

Back IN Feb I went to a walk-in clinic due to recurring sever but short duration pain below my knee. They took Xrays and found what looked like a osteochondroma (sic) on my tibia a ways below my knee. The clinic doc said it needed attention. I had never had pain there befor, never even knew anything was there till teh pain started and drove me to see a doc.

Two docs simply brushed it off, routine, no big deal, a total waste of time. My feeling is that something has CHANGED, causing the sudden apparance of sever sharp pain. IT is not agravated by walking. At least the pain come, hits sharp and hard, the qoes away quickly. It may hit once a day, a couple tims in one day, with a day a week or more between the sharp pains.

I even tried the VA, they ordered Xrays again, but only from the front, said they saw nothing, of course they saw nothing from the front because the tumor is BETWEEN my lower leg bones would not expect to be visable.

What should I do?

I am a 65yr old male, should I jsut give up and ignor it, no doc seems to want to BOTHER, except the walk-in visit after this started anyway.

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replied July 8th, 2011
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You should probably see an orthopedic oncologist. osteochondromas are benign tumors, that develop during childhood, while the bone is growing.

However, there is a small chance of malignant transformation to a chondrosarcoma (<1%). The definition being; if the cartilage cap on the osteochondroma enlarges to greater than 2 cm in thickness, if there is an increase in its biological activity by bone scan or MRI.

Usually, one of the symptoms of malignant change is the development of pain, in a previously asymptomatic tumor. So, you should probably be evaluated by a specialist in bone cancer, who may order specific tests such as a nuclear medicine study (bone scan) or MRI.

Good luck.
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