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Edema in lower leg

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 20, 2006
  • 08:04 PM

I hope someone can give me some information.

I somehow smacked the heck out of my shin back in mid April on the edge of a bucket full of water. It hurt pretty bad, and I had a large bruise but I could walk on it ok so I figured it was just bruised. But the bruise never went away, and about a month ago I noticed it started feeling uncomfortable up to a few weeks ago where it grew more painful by the day and I couldn't walk on it. I started noticing a large hard lump right where the pain and bruise were. I went to an Orthopedic Specialist and he was worried about a stress fracture and me get Xrays which were clear. While I was sitting down he held my ankle and pushed gently on my shin, not where the bruise was but up higher and it felt my leg was going to give way, like it would break right in half. He was pretty sure it was a stress fracture after that and sent me for an MRI.

The MRI which showed a large Edema where the pain and swelling are. But he didn't see any sign of fracture. He is not the kind of Dr. that has a lot of time for you to ask questions, but I am wondering why after 2 months this would show up all of a sudden when I haven't reinjured it in any way. It makes me worry that he might have missed something in the 2 seconds he looked at my MRI.

He was not real explicit with treating it either, except for icing it and the more you stay off of it the sooner you'll heal. Oh and I'm going to go to PT.

Any thoughts?

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  • Bruising your leg in April and having this problem surface now is not a normal bruise. Who said the MRI showed edema the ortho guy or the radiologist? (Did you have x-rays also?). Who read it--just the ortho (some specialists have their own machine--does he)? I have little tolerance for physicians who do not have time to explain treatment, diagnostics, or plan-of-care with their patients--you pay a lot of money to see them, you deserve a complete conversation with all your questions asked. I would request a copy of your MRI and take it to another orthopedist.
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