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Lump on leg suddenly appeared

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Luckylegs Sun 22-Dec-19 12:19:57

I know we’re not supposed to ask proper health questions but I’m panicking a bit here! About ten days ago I was cleaning the windows and climbed into the bath to get to the window. On the way I gave my calf bone a really hard crack on the sharp edge of the bath. I’m on chemo and aspirin for blood cancer so the expected huge ugly bruise came up and it was pretty sore. I was looking at my pale, ugly leg today and suddenly noticed a bony lump at the top of the bruise. It hurts a bit to press on it and it definitely feels bony.

I made the mistake of typing this into google and the ONLY thing that came up was bone cancer! Now I’m obviously panicking but I wondered if you lovely people could relate a similar tale which turned out to be nothing. I could spend an hour at 8 am tomorrow trying to persuade the receptionist to give me one of their gold dust appointments or I could try and go to a drop in centre miles away from us today. We are going abroad on 2 Jan and I would really like to have it sorted before then obviously. I do have a neighbour who is a nurse at our doctors but my H has expressly told me I shouldn’t bother her!

Anyone any advice or should I should get on with everything I have to do today and forget about it? Please?

janeainsworth Sun 22-Dec-19 12:23:55

Luckylegs Do you have a contact number/helpline for haematology that you can ring?
I think if you’re having chemo for a blood cancer they would want to know about your lump and the bruising.
I hope all’s well - FWIW, I don’t think bone cancer would appear suddenly like that.

Luckylegs Sun 22-Dec-19 12:26:49

I do but not on a Sunday, I don’t think. Thank you, I thought that too. It has suddenly appeared but then I haven’t looked at my leg for a few days............

MissAdventure Sun 22-Dec-19 12:43:18

You could phone 111.
They may be able to arrange for you to see a gp at the hospital or a surgery near you.

Teetime Sun 22-Dec-19 12:48:14

Indeed I would suggest phoning 111. Our worst fears about our health are often unfounded but its good to talk it over with a professional rather than Google. Hope it resolves quickly.

dragonfly46 Sun 22-Dec-19 12:53:01

My chemo department has an emergency number to call 24/7. I would give them a call.

Caro6699 Sun 22-Dec-19 12:57:02

Macmillan have a helpline 7 days a week 8-8 ,
On 08088080000
They may be able to direct you.

Luckylegs Sun 22-Dec-19 13:06:52

Thanks all of you. The trouble with ringing Oncology is that they will want to see my leg, won’t they and it’s stupid but I’m busy! I have rung the drop in centre triage and they’ve made an appointment for me this afternoon so hopefully I’ll soon know. I wanted really for someone to say they’d had that and it was nothing! We live in hope.

MissAdventure Sun 22-Dec-19 13:10:49

Glad you've got an appt, lucky.
I know what you mean about being too busy to have to go and wait to be seen, etc.

Bathsheba Sun 22-Dec-19 13:14:14

I'm glad to see you've got an appointment today Lucky. Good luck, and please do come back and let us know how it went.

mumofmadboys Sun 22-Dec-19 13:45:38

It is likely to be a haematoma ( collection of blood) from the trauma. It will slowly resolve but may take several weeks. It will have bled more because of the aspirin. It is very unlikely to be anything to worry about so try not to worry.

Jane10 Sun 22-Dec-19 13:55:45

Glad you've got a quick appointment. I hope it'll be just as mumofmadboys says.

BlueBelle Sun 22-Dec-19 14:50:45

Good luck luckylegs I hope it’s nothing

Luckylegs Sun 22-Dec-19 17:35:21

Right, I’m back! You’re quite right, mumofmadboys, it is a haematoma or very probably anyway. It honestly felt so hard this morning, just like bone but he could move it, even though it hurt like hell to do so but he was quite insistent I should go and have an X-ray at 9 am tomorrow! It was a nightmare journey of about 15 miles through the dark and rain on a Sunday and I could imagine how bad it would be tomorrow. I felt as though I was wasting everyone’s time as it was, never mind going back tomorrow! I felt quite reassured that it would resolve but if it doesn’t, I’ll go back on Friday for an X-ray.

Thank you all so much for your reassurance, you are so lovely to be helpful to strangers and reassuring.

Jane10 Sun 22-Dec-19 18:05:14

I'm glad you're feeling more reassured about your leg. What a nasty thing to happen though. I do sympathise about the drive too. I'm sure you'll hear good news after the X Ray tomorrow

dragonfly46 Sun 22-Dec-19 18:48:22

So pleased for you. Of course it makes perfect sense!