MedicalFilter: What's this lump on my outer thigh?
February 17, 2008 12:29 PM Subscribe
BumpFilter: Last night I noticed that my right outer thigh felt different than my left. If I had to pinpoint it I'd say it's halfway between buttock and knee, on the outside of my thigh, located closer to the back of the leg than the front. I'm 23, slim and a very healthy eater.
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (9 answers total)
It's a bit bulgy, like a small circle of muscle is swollen. The lump is about the diameter of a tennis ball (though it doesn't stick out much). I may just be freaking out a bit, but to the touch it feels duller than the other leg. It doesn't hurt. It isn't loose and doesn't move about when I rub it. It's firm but not hard. What is it?
I don't want to immediately jump to the worst conclusion. So here's where my thought process has taken me so far:
- I was recently sick, so I thought it might be a swollen lymph node (is there a lymph node there?).
- I could have just bumped it or strained it (I joke around sometimes with less-than-professionally-acrobatic kicks, dancing, and physical comedy, though nothing extreme)—and again, it doesn't really hurt.
- On the weekends I sometimes spend hours sitting on an awkward woven-top stool (at a countertop) with a frame that might be 'training' my muscle into a weird position.
Of course, there are scarier medical implications to infer. I'll be scheduling an appointment with a doctor tomorrow, but being Sunday, I was hoping I could get a in-the-meantime answer to maybe assuage any fears.