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Cellulitis or infection of the bone - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, may I
User :   test?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Dr XXX here
User :   Are you familiar with muscolsketetal problems?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   please proceed with ur query
User :   on my left leg midway between knee and ankle
User :   to the left of the bone there is a spot that is extremely painful
Doctor :   ok
User :   it does not really hurt to walk. But during a massage last week when touched I screamed
Doctor :   how long have u had this ?
User :   then my husband just hit it slightly with his knee and I almsot cried
Doctor :   MAY i know ur age , weight , height ?
User :   it hurt so bad and the pain lingered
User :   its been about a week that I noticed it
User :   45 5 5
User :   5' 5'
User :   145 lbs
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   This could some kind of cellulitis, infection of the skin
Doctor :   or infection of the underlying bone
Doctor :   Do u have any fever, chills ?
User :   well
User :   today a tiny bit
User :   i am feelish a tiny bit fluish
User :   i work out a lot
User :   it seems like the tibialias anterior
User :   but
User :   there is no ankle involvement
Doctor :   I would recommend blood tests, and an Xray of the affected leg
Doctor :   do movements of the leg hiurt
User :   no
User :   that is what is so strange
User :   but touching is very very painful
User :   one of those pains you have to breath thru
User :   and sometimes things hurt for a second then its gone
Doctor :   In that case its something underlying that part of the leg
User :   but when touched its
User :   shoots thru me
User :   when i did google searches...where is hurts it like shins splints but it deosnt have any of the characteritsitcs of shin splints at all
Doctor :   do u have any abrasions at the spot ?
User :   no
User :   nothing
Doctor :   Have u got your leg examined ?
User :   chiropractor looked at it
User :   he said it was the tibilias anterior
User :   but not much else
Doctor :   I would advice u to get an Xray of the leg
User :   ok
Doctor :   and CBC, ESR, - blood tests
User :   it doesnt sound like shin splints?
Doctor :   No
Doctor :   Not at all from the available info
User :   didnt think so ...weird
User :   thanks tho
Doctor :   once the results come in, u may need some antibiotics for proper treatment
User :   your thinking infection?
Doctor :   yes
User :   thanks ;)
Doctor :   u r welcome
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