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Erythema nodosum

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 25, 2006
  • 06:35 PM

I was out working in my yard in the spring and got poked in the shin with a branch. It was very painful, and I pulled up my pant leg and saw a couple of raised bumps on my shin. This was not from the branch that poked me. Just banging into anything with the shins, and I was in tears it hurt so bad. I learned to be very careful.

I went to the doctors and after a few tests, was told that it was a spider bite. Yeah right. After a period of time, the lumps got worse and the pain much worse too. THen the next thing I knew, my whole ankle swelled. I went back to the doctor and the same story was told to me. I was bitten by a spider.

Well then I was not happy so had a second opinion at the local walk in clinic. One look at my shin and he diagnosed me with Erythema Nodosum. He wrote down the name and even showed me some pictures of what it looked like from his medical books. It looked just like my right shin and ankle.

Karyn

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  • I wish there was more on Erythema Nodosum in forums like these. I had a case of it when I was 11 or 12 years old. I had a biopsy to confirm at that time it was ENodosum- no other symptoms. Now 28, female, married with 3 kids- ENodosum flared up HORRIBLY this past summer. Prednisone was the only thing that helped it clear up- one month's worth. Blood tests revealed a recent case of Ep-Barr virus, and +Strep at one point during the summer (very likely cause) but Rheumatologist suggests auto-immune disorder of some kind. I was supposed to go back for more bloodwork, but the ENodosum went away, so like a dummy I'm ignoring it. Good luck- hope it doesn't get as bad as mine did... (unable to walk- EXTREME joint pain, swelling...)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 27, 2006
    • 10:18 PM
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  • oh god, yeah i remember that pain. it took me about two minutes to get one leg in the bath at one stage. at the moment im freaking out about the possible causes...i had tests at the hospital but nothing was concluded. ...i dont know what to do!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 16, 2006
    • 01:03 PM
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  • erythema nodosum generally is a manifestation of some underlying systemic process or reaction to a drug. You may want to talk with your doctor if you are on any medications. You may want to ask your doctor to get a ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) and antistreptolysin titer if you suspect EN.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 21, 2006
    • 05:43 PM
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  • Hello,If you are looking for a place to discuss EN with others, please join the erythema nodosum support group at yahoo:http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/erythema_nodosum_Group/We have over 1300 members who have direct experience of EN and lots of info and resouces for you.Best wishes,Rebecca Streckeridiopathic EN since 1968rebeccastrecker@yahoo.com
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 1, 2007
    • 10:35 PM
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  • I wish there was more on Erythema Nodosum in forums like these. I had a case of it when I was 11 or 12 years old. I had a biopsy to confirm at that time it was ENodosum- no other symptoms. Now 28, female, married with 3 kids- ENodosum flared up HORRIBLY this past summer. Prednisone was the only thing that helped it clear up- one month's worth. Blood tests revealed a recent case of Ep-Barr virus, and +Strep at one point during the summer (very likely cause) but Rheumatologist suggests auto-immune disorder of some kind. I was supposed to go back for more bloodwork, but the ENodosum went away, so like a dummy I'm ignoring it. Good luck- hope it doesn't get as bad as mine did... (unable to walk- EXTREME joint pain, swelling...)Hi! My name is Maria and too have Erythema Nadosum for about 4years and the Doctor's can't get it under control .....all the medicates I have been given have cause for me to have a reaction to them..and believe me I have taken so many it's not funny...I still suffer everyday and wondering if this will ever go away...I have lost my life ,I don't's go out much anymore I'm not able to work due to this I just would like to hear if anyone out there has it as bad as I do....Thanks.Maria
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 8, 2007
    • 08:51 PM
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  • hi now on my second flare up of EN the pain is unbearable,i also was diagnosed with sarcoidosis this flare up is worse than the first one and still waiting to see the specialist it is one of those conditions that truly has everyone stumped i think,but we have to grin and bear it! i had steroids for the first attack but they didnt work this time so i dont know whats next,i think i rattle when i walk with the amount of tablets i take,i am also a diabetic so the doctors dont know if its an immune thing. hope everybodys gets better as i hope mine does. thanks for listening!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 16, 2007
    • 09:23 PM
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  • hi i was just diagonsed with en after 5 months of going to a doctor who aaccused me of beating my own leg i was sent to another doc who found out after 5 months that it was en . i had it so bad that i couldn't walk and was on crutches for 6 and a ahalf months . finally i am starting to get function back in my knee bit am still having pain but nit as bad
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 20, 2007
    • 00:08 AM
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  • The original marks could have been a tick bite or a rash. Not everyone gets a bulls eye rash with Lyme. Steroids aren't good for people with Lyme disease and its co infections. Lyme is also tied to scaroidiosis. Look in to the Marshall Protocol. Check this link out www.lymenet.org . Hope you find the answers soon.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 20, 2007
    • 11:43 AM
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  • Just brought back my 13 year old daughter from the doctor with diagnosis of Erythema nodosum-- on her heels! Two days ago, took her for xrays, & doctors thought a bruised heel. The nodules increased in quantity and became more pronounced causing us to notice them last night. Today did a strep and she was positive--- no other signs of strep at any point (though she does have a history since her early years of instances of strep and resistance to antibiotics). So, we're treating the strep with an antibiotic and hoping that the nodules will go away asap... The doctor found it interesting that the nodules were on her feet, and nowhere else in her body.
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  • I was just diagnosed with erythema nodosum. 2 doctors had to look at my legs but they didn't know what it was and made and appointment for me to see a dermatologist. The dermatologist then said it was erythema nodosum. And now its getting worse i believe.The pain is unbearable.And now im getting some bumps on my arm!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 27, 2010
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  • I was just diagnosed with erythema nodosum. 2 doctors had to look at my legs but they didn't know what it was and made and appointment for me to see a dermatologist. The dermatologist then said it was erythema nodosum. And now its getting worse i believe.The pain is unbearable.And now im getting some bumps on my arm!Hello,Hopefully you will find your "trigger"--the cause of your EN. If you can't you may have bouts of EN throughout your life like me and half the people who get EN. Join our EN support grouphttp://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/erythema_nodosum_Group/and vote for a program on EN at The Doctorshttp://www.thedoctorstv.com/produce/idea_comment/3970Best wishes,Rebecca
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 29, 2010
    • 03:57 AM
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  • Apparently I got EN from glandular fever. The second time that I had glandular fever I started getting sore bumps and bruises on the front and back of my legs, then on my knees, then on my ankles and heels. I even think I feel one on my arm and my wrist. I've had them for 2-3 weeks now and they aren't going away. My left foot is completely swollen I can't walk on it at all, wouldby surprise me if I'm going to need crutches soon. My right foot is a little swollen too. I've been in bed for over 3weeks now, they haven't even started going away yet :(. My immune system is just completely ruined, earlier this year I had viral meningitis, where I was in bed 24/7 for a month straight and went down to 51kg. This took me about 4-5months to start feeling a lot better, and after 4weeks of feeling better I got glandular fever - twice in 3 months! Worst year ever! I wish there was a way to prevent all of this, I can't believe only 8months ago I was climbing mountains and touching the clouds, studying full time at uni, snowboarding, partying all night until 4am, working day and night. Now I have about half a years worth of medical certificates, dropped down to struggling with one unit at uni which I hardly attended class because I was sick in bed, and not being able to walk. I'm missing out on everything I love doing. I'm only 20 :(
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