Sudden swelling in my lower left leg, former "tumor"

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Don't know if I'm right here, but as I hit up a orthopedist for this, I guess it's alright.

I'm 19 years old and got diagnosed with a tumor of unknown origin in my lower left leg back in 2015. Went into the hospital.

It was never swollen, my bone just looked "Bigger" and on the mri you could see like.. a bubble? It was said to be non-malignant, the wanted to do a "neurological consil" and come back to me, this never happened though.

Now suddenly since 2 weeks it's swollen. I don't really have pain, though. Just from time to time or when I walked upstairs.

So, I went to see my orthopedist a couple of days ago. She made a new x-ray picture and wants to send me to the MRI again.

I will do this, but it has to end. I don't know what to do anymore and it drives me literally crazy. They never told me what I actually have, my orthopedist just said "We'll see us after the MRI" and didn't even try to calm me just a little bit. I mean, I'm young, it's scary that something on your bone is growing. 

I do have a x-ray of it, no mri pictures though, perhaps somebody can calm me down, just a little bit or did have equal issues. There should be a picture in attachement.

[color=#444444]Does somebody know what it could probably be just to calm my mind?

With kind regards,



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    Hi Lisa have you ever knocked it heavily, I have a really bad dip in my leg which was caused by a motor bike accident and although mine became a dent I do know that bones can swell after trauma, did anyone ever mention regular check ups just to keep your peace of mind so you don't let it get out of hand.

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      Hey, first of all, thanks for your answer

      No, they didn't mention regular check ups, I decided to do them on my own now.

      The doctors in the hospital mentioned equally, but (luckily) I didn't have any accidents nor anybody ever kicked my leg since I can remember (which was their supposition).

      I didn't worry any further, until the swelling came up in the area. It didn't grow according to the X-Rays though, I got the old picture in my mind.

      My orthopedist also did ultrasound this time and talked about something from "No echo from *can't remember name* muscle", which didn't calm me at all and just answered that it's medicine related and I wouldn't understand anyway.

      From what I know so far, I'll change the doctor when she doesn't treat me right after the MRI.

      Don't know if orthpedists are the right doctors for this, though.

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      Hi Lisa sorry I can't be more helpful, it's obviously worrying you considerably but I honestly don't think you need to be, cancer does show up quite well on xrays and if they remotely think it's that they would do more as in bone biopsy, the swelling in your leg is it definitely swollen not just that you think it is. Sorry had to ask that

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      It's ok, I understand it.

      It's actually swollen, my doctor also remembered it wasn't there before. It's like a ball you can't see on my right leg. As I said, it doesn't hurt, and I also don't think it's cancer. It's just scary that something grows in your body and you don't get to know what it is. 

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      I totally agree, it's poor that you don't get the option to edit because we often get things wrong and have to second post.

      I have just been reading up on bone lumps and although rare your age is in the right range for them and the lower leg is the site prone to it.

      What has your GP suggested the swelling is caused by or hasn't he

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