Geez, it's amazing what happens when people listen!

It shouldn't take me 4 different doctors before I find one that will actually pay attention when I say, "I am in pain." and dismiss it with a scratch of the head because they really don't want to take the time to be helpful!

I saw my surgeon today in hopes that he would take out this extremely painful lump growing on the side of my tibia, it's about 1 1/2" in diameter.  He won't take it out, it's not safe to but he thinks he knows what it is...Phlebitis!  Bleh!  He said there are no deep clots that he can see yet but if I can't get this calmed down I could get into some trouble.

He did an ultrasound of my right leg and I was shocked to see little cyst like pockets of inflammation all up and down my legs.  I'm talking more than 12!  One cluster had 5 cysts all surrounding my vein!  I don't get it.  I don't understand what is happening to me.  There are at least 8 more starting to grow on my left leg!  He thinks it may have some auto immune origins and my body is just attacking the venous system.  That's pretty scary.   Another theory is that the estrogen replacement I take is either creating these problems or exacerbating them.

I'm going to have to really think about dropping my estrogen replacement.  Menopause sucks!  Plain and simple it sucks!  I suck without estrogen. This whole problem is not something I am too excited to deal with.
I don't even know where to start with all this meaning, how to resolve it.

He put me on a daily Aspirin regimen to stave off any risk of strokes and I have to wear compression stockings for 12 weeks!  My gosh.  It just never ends.  While I'm really happy I don't have cancer..I don't love this either.  Sometimes, I just wish they could cut it out and be done!



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