Help me understand what fool thing I did
September 13, 2012 11:08 AM Subscribe
What horrible injury have I done myself? Not-immediately-threatening bike accident injury question.
posted by Frowner to health & fitness (9 answers total)
A week ago today I was in a pretty serious bike accident. I've had a CAT scan of my head (fine!) and an eye check-up due to some visual symptoms (also fine!). Bruises are large but healing. Generalized soreness is declining. However...
....I have two weird injuries the like of which I've never seen before and which I didn't really realize I had when I saw the doctor. YANMD and neither seems threatening - I'd just like to know what the heck I did to myself.
1. I took a lot of impact on one side of my leg, luckily covered by sturdy pants. I have no bruising at all, but the flesh swelled up a lot and is extremely sore. (Although slowly but steadily improving.) Why did it swell up and hurt but not bruise? How did it swell up and hurt but not bruise?
2. I have a lump in my leg near but not directly beneath a big bruise. It's about an inch long and 1/2 inch wide. It's well under the skin, feels like it's in the fat. I haven't poked at it much. It's a bit sore. It has well-defined edges and it is absolutely in the wrong place (wrong location on leg, wrong depth) to be a DVT/blood clot in the femoral vein. It has no surrounding swelling or redness. I do not know when it developed - if it was there right away or not. I only noticed it three days ago. How did this happen? What is it?
I would rather not go back to the doctor for these things since they seem to be stable or improving and don't seem life-threatening. If they change/get worse, I'll go like a shot, of course, but I've already missed a bunch of work time.