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Painful lump in leg. Need options!

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  • Posted By: Astrum
  • August 16, 2010
  • 11:09 PM

Hello. I have had this lump, about the size of a grape, in my right outer thigh since around 1999. It never bothered me until about 2-3 years ago when it started to throb occasionally, and if I bumped it against something it was really uncomfortable. Then it gradually started to randomly ache so I went to the doctor. They told me it was probably a Lipoma and no big deal.

For at least the past year it has been hurting so bad that sometimes my whole leg just stops working. I almost fell on my face in Whole Foods when it happened the first time. My whole leg will like, vibrate, with the ache. It's a deep throbbing ache and feels like my marrow is being slowly sucked out of my bones or something. And when it hurts like that I get really nauseous. The last "doctor" I saw (he was really just a lab tech), after doing the ultrasound, looked at me and said, "You know, something up here in your leg cannot make it hurt down by your ankle." (because I said it caused my whole leg to throb and sometimes give out). He talked to me like an 8 year old who was faking a booboo for attention.

I'm just getting concerned because the pain and nausea are intensifying and I don't know what to do. I've been shuffled around various doctors for the past 2 years and they seem like they could care less. Can a Lipoma cause pain and nausea like this? It's not a sharp pain like a burn or stab wound or something, it's deep and insidious.

My friend suggested going to the ER and proclaiming that if they don't help me I will cut it out myself. I'm not sure I'm ready to be chained up in a psych ward just yet, but if the pain gets any worse I am going to go nuts.

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  • If it was me i'd probably be demanding they put it in writing that it isnt cancer. (im often a difficult patient! but at times i really do need to be and glad i was). My ex who i havent seen in quite a few years came for a visit the other day and was telling me that he'd had a cancer in his leg which had to be taken out. (He's in his 30s). He thou didnt tell me what symptoms he had with it so i've no idea if it could cause your strange symptoms or not. If they dont understand your symptoms.. keep demanding answers.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • August 17, 2010
    • 04:17 AM
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  • Thanks. I would be demanding answers if I could actually see a freaking doctor. They keep shuffling me around between med students and lab techs. I am actually listening to the phone ring on speaker for the past 5 minutes as I type this. Sorry to make such a general insult but; right now, to me; everyone in the medical profession is a bunch of greedy selfish a-holes. :(Update: I finally reached someone at the centre and after being run around and transferred and shuffled, I learned that after the ultrasound in January when they told me I needed a CT scan and would get the call in a few weeks, they did not transfer my file to the CT lab and instead just forgot about me entirely. And this is a plastic surgeon I was referred to. I don't see how a plastic surgeon is going to help me in the first place! I'm so angry. Does anyone know what specific type of doctor I should be looking to see??
    Astrum 1 Replies
    • August 17, 2010
    • 03:34 PM
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