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leg lump won't heal- vascular? cyst?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 11, 2006
  • 01:40 AM

I have had a nasty lump on my shin for almost a year. It may have been caused intitially by a repetitive injury- I work on a ladder and often moved it with my leg- I don't do that now! It started out as a slightly raised discolored bump like a bruise and I waited and waited for it to heal. It only got worse- Now it is larger than a quarter, at least 3/8" high, deep purple in color and quite painful. It moves side to side with the skin when you press it and you can feel a larger area of thicker harder tissue beneath it. It also itches- I think because it is continually trying to heal and always has a new layer of skin forming which then sloughs off. It occasionally breaks open and weeps very nasty think yellow liquid. My GP sent me to a vascular guy who thinks that it is realted to a very large varicose vein on my calf- I guess phlebitis. (I am 32 and have had this varicose vein since middle school) I have been wearing the support stockings for 3 months and they really seem to make it worse. (More raised, painful, and itchy) He wants to do the vein closure surgery (which I think my insurance won't pay for because it is 'cosmetic') and then see what happens to the lump. I am not really satisfied by this because the last time I went to see him he said (lightly) that the lump might not be circulatory at all. Maybe a cyst he said. He was kind of dismissive of it. But it is really nasty! What the heck is it? Should I be worried - should I see someone else, but who? It's quite distressing, and it is NOT going away. Perhaps it isn't as big a deal as it looks-- I'd like some other opinions!

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