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82 year old having a lump on the knee, have pain. Cure?

Hi, I'm 82 years old and in pretty good health. I jog a little over a mile every day. My left knee began giving me a little discomfort on and off for the past couple of years. About three or four months ago I noticed a lump developing on the out side of the knee. It would go away for a few days then return. The lum is sort of hard, about the diameter of a half dollar, and sticks out about a half inch at most. It doesn't hurt at all if I attempt to compress it. It's amazingly almost completely goes away (where could it go?)!!! It seems to be more permanent the last couple of days (not completely going awayas it had been). The last couple of nights I've been awakened by pain in the knee. If I change the position of the leg the pain will most often go away. I'm scheduled to see my GP for an annual physical exam in about six weeks. I'm not at the point of discomfort where I need to take anything for the pain, but I'm getting to that point.

What do you advise?

George
Mon, 20 May 2013
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Hi there~

I understand your concern. I am glad you are in pretty good shape despite your elderly age. I am sorry to know about your knee and that it is giving you a little discomfort on and off. I wonder if you should have an MRI of the knee done to know what is going on in there. I also think that it may be appropriate for you to visit with an orthopedic doctor who can examine you thoroughly, and your GP may give you that referral. I hope this helps.

Take care and have a lovely day!
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