- 3 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
I’ll try to keep this brief, but there’s a little back story.
A few months ago (yes, months. I’m bad about going to the doctor promptly when there is a problem) I noticed a small… what I can only describe as a “lump”(scary word) on my right leg, on the side, just above the knee. Not long after that, that concentrated area started hurting. A very dull pain, not bad at all (maybe 2 out of 10?) and it wasn’t constant- that’s why it has been easy to ignore. And eventually the pain “spread” and the whole top of my thigh started hurting in the same way. Still dull. I noticed that it hurt more at the end of the day, especially if I had done a lot of walking or climbed a lot of stairs. I figured it was a muscle thing, but I also figured it has something to do with that lump. Like (and this is my logic, and a very “not a doctor” opinion), maybe I had a cyst or something, and the muscles around it were reacting to it, and moving in different ways because of it. Makes at least SOME sense, right?
Anyway, I kept telling myself that I had to go get it checked out… but life happened, and I put it off.
Then, yesterday, I was at church, and at one point I stand up from kneeling and the pain in my thigh got way worse, and the whole muscle started shaking. I was in a lot of pain and couldn’t walk very well, so my husband says I should really go to an urgent care. (it HAD to happen on a Sunday right? If it had been a weekday, I would have just tried to get a last minute appointment with my regular Dr.)
Anyway, I go to urgent care, tell them basically exactly what I just said above (same timeline). The doctor feels the lump, does a blood test to make sure it wasn’t a vein thing (although she was pretty sure it wasn’t. she was right. It came back negative), and tells me that I must have somehow pulled the muscle (MONTHS ago?? And it still hurts??)and tells me to ice/heat and take Aleve.
And the lump? Just a fat deposit. The two things are completely unrelated.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m relieved. Your brain can go crazy places when you feel a lump. But I just can’t shake the feeling that something else is going on… I mean what are the chances that my leg would hurt in the same exact area… and that it would happen around the same time? Not to mention the fact that I don’t recall hurting myself- though who knows, I could have just stepped on an uneven (snowy) sidewalk in a weird way and not noticed at the time.
Fairly soon I will be going in for a regular physical with my primary care Dr. If it’s still bothering me, is it crazy to bring it up to him? Ask for a 2nd opinion? I mean, a sane person would just take a good diagnosis and leave it at that, right?