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Painful bump on shin bone, increases during work out. What is it?

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painful bump on XXXXXXX bonehi am 19 female 67inches and weigh 150ibs I have a very painful hard bump on the inside of my left XXXXXXX bone. it tends to hurt more when I'm working out or right after working out when i sit down it feels like a throbbing pain. while I'm working out it is a pain that shoots up threw my leg to my knee. I would like to figure out what it may be because it has been causing a lot of pain.
Posted Wed, 25 Apr 2012 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Atul Wankhede 8 hours later
Thanks for asking the query.

A bump or swelling could mean a lot of things from benign to malignant conditions. And considering it is painful we should be absolutely sure of the diagnosis. For that you need clinical evaluation. Till then kindly answer these questions-

1. When did you first notice the bump?
2. When did the pain start? Was it there before the bump or much after its appearance?
3. Has the pain increased in intensity over a period of time or remained same?
4. Is the pain felt in night time and disturbs the sleep?
5. Did you have a fall or trauma before the bump was noticed?
6. Are you sure that the swelling is hard in consistency, and not firm or soft(be very sure of this).
7. Are you able to move the swelling a little or is it fixed to underlying shin?

The answers to these will give me a fair idea of your condition. Meanwhile I would request you to abstain from physical activity and work outs for a few days. Under your physicians guidance take like tylenol.

I shall await your reply. Good day.
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Follow-up: Painful bump on shin bone, increases during work out. What is it? 3 hours later
I first noticed the bump about 3 weeks ago.
the pain started before the bump was there but i tried to just work threw the pain and that's when the bump began to appear.
The pain has increased, I tried just letting it go to see if it was just sore or something but it just got worse. When i lay down at night to go to sleep its like a throbbing pain in my XXXXXXX like somone is squeezing it or like it has a heart beat. There was no trauma before the bump appeared. The swelling is hard and I am not able to move it.
Answered by Dr. Atul Wankhede 10 hours later
Thanks for replying promptly to my questions. Your reply has been most helpful.

It narrows down to a few things that you need to seriously consider. A bony swelling with pain of sudden onset hard in consistency and night cries without fever is the summary of the condition.

It looks we are dealing with a musculoskeletal tumour. I might be wrong but it needs radiological evaluation, preferably an xray to begin with and MRI or Bone scan to confirm it.

There are a variety of benign or malignant conditions that arise locally or metastasize from elsewhere.

In my opinion you need to see an orthopaedician at earliest.

Hope this helps and wish you an early recovery.

Good luck.
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