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Leg not amputated yet...

I never did update after seeing the orthopedic specialist yesterday.

Yup, there's a cyst there in my leg. It is 10 cm long. TEN! It tapers off at both ends, but in the widest part in the middle it is 3 cm across. Now that I know what it is I can totally feel it. But even knowing what the lump is, it still just really feels like a tense knotted muscle.

The pain varies. It doesn't hurt at all right now, it was pretty bad this morning. The part that is really bothering me is the numbness. There's a patch on the top of my foot that's had no feeling since Sunday.

The orthopedic dude I saw was down at Tria Orthopedics. They are some of the best ortho people in town, and take care of almost all the injuries from the various pro teams here in town. Unfortunately I felt like the doctor I saw didn't have much interest in me. I'm sure my silly little cyst is kind of like a stubbed toe to them compared to the injuries they usually deal with, but I felt like he really didn't take a lot of time with me.

Maybe he was just overbooked because it was a Monday. I don't know. He never even asked me about my pain level. I had to ask him what to do about the pain & he said to just take Advil & if it got worse we'd move my surgery date up. *sigh* Why do I have the feeling that if the pain gets worse I'll have to call Dr. R, my primary care physician, to get painkillers? Granted, these guys don't know me, but if I go in for something because it hurts, 99% of the time that means it already hurts too much for Advil!

The doc told me there were 3 options for treating the cyst:
1. Do nothing. This is SOP for most cysts because they really aren't harmful in & of themselves.
2. Use a big ol' needle to drain it.
3. Surgery, w/ a spinal anesthetic instead of a general, to go in and remove the whole cyst.
Option 1, right out. It hurts! Not willing to just live with the pain for the fun of it.
Option 2, would be a good option except that he said it would almost certainly come back at some point and they'd just have to do it again.
Option 3, oh yeah, I'm all over this one. More painful initially than draining, but then it is gone, done, over.

Of course, I still have no idea when this surgery is even going to happen. The doctor told me his scheduling person would get a hold of me. She didn't yesterday so I left a message this morning. I was out of the store for a whole whopping FIVE minutes today to pick up lunch. Guess when she called! So I called her back immediately, got her voicemail, and left a message. Think she bothered to call again? *sigh*

I'd really like to get this thing scheduled so I can get the work arrangements made. I know I'll take at least the day after off, and possibly 2 days.

Also, if it looks like I'm going to be stuck with this thing for a week or more, I'm going to need a name for it!

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dragonsally
Feb. 9th, 2011 08:23 am (UTC)
That's huge if you ask me - no wonder you have numbness and pain.
I hate hate hate it when docs don't appear to have interest in you. Its just rude.

I hope they schedule the surgery for you pronto, I'd hate to hear that its getting bigger.
hellziggy
Feb. 9th, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC)
Yup, it's pretty darn huge. Looking back I know I've been feeling it for a while now, but since I started feeling it right around the same time we got Rex I assumed that any twinges in my leg were from the actual exercise I was now doing when walking him.
dramatekcv
Feb. 9th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)

If it tapers off at both ends I bet it looks like an eye. You could call it the Cyst of Sauron. COS for short.
hellziggy
Feb. 9th, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC)
Ooh, that's a good one! :)
kylecassidy
Feb. 9th, 2011 10:11 pm (UTC)
will they let you keep it in a jar?
hellziggy
Feb. 10th, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
Oooh, that would be cool!
I know that they'll let you keep non-organic bits if you ask before the surgery. I've got a 2.5" titanium screw on my keychain that used to be in my knee.
scubagrrl
Feb. 10th, 2011 03:13 am (UTC)
Dang, girl, that's huge! Sucks that your doc didn't care. Bad enough to have to deal with this, but a non-sympathetic doc doesn't help. Maybe the other clinic will be better. And faster.

Tapers at both ends- I wonder if you could use it as a slingshot?
hellziggy
Feb. 10th, 2011 04:43 am (UTC)
Well, even if this doc tomorrow can't operate any sooner, at the very least I should be able to get some painkillers.
scubagrrl
Feb. 10th, 2011 04:54 am (UTC)
Good place to start.
whimsywinx
Feb. 10th, 2011 03:25 am (UTC)
Annoying doctor is annoying. I hope you don't have to live with this much longer, but if it is over a week, how about Cecil the Cyst?
hellziggy
Feb. 10th, 2011 04:44 am (UTC)
I've decided to name him Leon because ganglion cyst is one of the types it might be.
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