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DD has a bruise that isn't going away.

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SaulGood Wed 10-Jun-15 12:03:06

8yo dd complained a few weeks ago that she had a bruise on her inner thigh. She said she couldn't remember how she did it. It looked very much like a mark made by her little brother pinching her which on occasion, when frustrated, he does. He also tends to aim for her thigh or the tops of her arms. She's also as active as most 8yos and rides her scooter everywhere, occasionally crashing and bruising her legs. I put it down to that.

A week ago she mentioned it was still there and I had a good look and it had faded to a browny colour but I could feel a lump directly underneath it. Around the size of a pea. She said it was sore.

A week later and it's still there, same size, sort of a reddy colour but she says it's more sore than it was. She does admit though that she squeezes it because there's a lump underneath it and it 'feels funny'. I don't know if that's exacerbating things.

I have a terrible health anxiety, particularly where the dc are concerned and I am jumping to the absolute worst conclusions. Because that helps, obviously. hmm

She's not ill, not tired or not herself. She's perfectly well. She's also had other run of the mill, fell off her scooter or got whacked with a golf club bruises in the last couple of weeks and they've cleared up within a couple of days. It's just this bruise on her thigh.

I've made a GP appointment for after school today as it's preying on my mind but is there a chance this is absolutely nothing and my sky high anxiety and terror is unnecessary? I need to stop googling.

BreadmakerFan Wed 10-Jun-15 12:04:54

I've no idea what it is as I'm not a doctor but my advice was going to be doctor definitely so glad you're going. I hope it's nothing. Keep and eye if they say it is fine and don't hesitate to go back. Good luck.

SaulGood Wed 10-Jun-15 12:12:08

Thank you for replying.

Roll on 4pm.

GobblersKnob Wed 10-Jun-15 12:14:09

Chances are it will turn out to be nothing, but you are doing the right thing taking her to the gp.

Am a (mostly) recovered HA sufferer, so I feel your pain, things with the dc's still set me off, though I am mostly okay with my own stuff now.

SaulGood Wed 10-Jun-15 12:16:11

I'm the same Gobblers. When it's me I'm largely fine now. Still wobble but much better. The DC however, it escalates before I can get a handle on it.

BreadmakerFan Wed 10-Jun-15 12:17:05

I'm taking DD for blood tests this week and DS is at hospital in a few weeks and I am worried. Sometimes life doesn't go as you hoped. I'm also under investigation for cancer so I understand your fears especially as I'm scared DS has cancer too.

SaulGood Wed 10-Jun-15 12:18:57

Oh Breadmaker. I wish you all the very best for you and your DC.

GobblersKnob Wed 10-Jun-15 12:46:25

Breadmaker I hope the news is better than expected, hugs.

BreadmakerFan Wed 10-Jun-15 13:04:54

Thank you.

Both have been suffering for a while. DD - didn't know that there was anything I could do so feeling crap and DS has been suffering since January and was given the wrong medicine by OOO doctor and from referral request to actual appointment has been 11 weeks. I'm shocked it has been so long tbh. I was referred a month ago and still haven't had my appointment.

KurriKurri Wed 10-Jun-15 13:16:30

I had bruise like this and was told by doc it was a haematoma, it does take much longer to heal than a normal bruise - mine took about six weeks IIRC. It won;t help that she's poking it (I know it is hard for them not to though !) they do tend to be more painful than normal bruises as well. Mine was also on my inner thigh. try not to panic - hopefully the doc will put your mind at rest this afternoon smile

SaulGood Wed 10-Jun-15 13:21:40

I had a haematoma on my thigh from walking into a piano stool corner. It took two months to heal. I tell myself this and remind myself it's most likely nothing catastrophic. Then I google again and am on the ceiling panicking before I know it. Thank you lovely Kurri. It is ShowOfHands btw. Are you well?

winnybella Wed 10-Jun-15 13:28:29

It does sound like a haematoma with the swelling underneath. I also think if there was any systemic disease then other bruises would take long to heal as well.
I sympathize, HA is terrible.

KurriKurri Wed 10-Jun-15 13:29:47

Hello Showy lovely to see you smile yes I am fine, just been in USA for four months staying with a friend, and my decree absolute has just come through - so life moving on, and I;m doing well. Hope you and your family are all good too (apart from the bruise which I am sure will be fine xx)

LeChien Wed 10-Jun-15 13:31:50

Ds1 had a bruise like this. It was lumpy underneath and crackled when you pressed it.
It took weeks to go and even now, a year on, is still a bit lumpy, but it's been checked and is nothing to worry about.

SaulGood Wed 10-Jun-15 13:57:43

You are all lovely and reassuring. I am keeping everything crossed. Tales of similar lumpy bruises help inordinately.

Kurri, are you back locally now? I promised you tea and cake. Would love to still meet up. You sound v positive. Hope you had a fab trip.

BreadmakerFan Wed 10-Jun-15 19:08:59

How did the appointment go?

GobblersKnob Wed 10-Jun-15 19:35:44

Oh hello, Showy, thought I hadn't seen you in an age smile

Hope the appointment went well.

SaulGood Wed 10-Jun-15 20:05:05

Wotcha. grin

The GP said she wasn't concerned at all. She was pretty sure it was a haematoma and said it could take a few weeks to go. Her exact words were "it doesn't ring a single alarm bell". They checked her thoroughly, glands, other bruises, general wellness etc but didn't seem concerned. She's in rude health tbh. Just this weird little lumpy bruise.

I think I'm allowed to stop worrying a little bit now, yes?

Breadmaker, I sincerely wish the very best of health to you and your family. I hope everything is okay, I really do.

BreadmakerFan Wed 10-Jun-15 20:24:56

I hope it soon goes.

Blood tests done. Slight complication. More worries. Keep hoping for the best.

SaulGood Wed 05-Jul-17 20:14:14

I know this is a zombie thread but I'm resurrecting it because I'm on the ceiling with worry again.

The lump/bruise shrank and faded over a period of weeks until it seemed resolved. Now, 2 years later dd is complaining it's back. It's extremely sore to the touch, a bit bigger than a pea (2cm ish) and coloured slightly brown like a bruise.

I've googled again and am tearful and assuming it's fecking cancer. I'm trying to assume it's the health anxiety causing my current panic attack but everything I read suggests thigh lump which doesn't resolve = definitely sinister.

I will of course get a GP appointment asap tomorrow.

I'm absolutely kicking myself for not keeping a closer eye. It shrank and shrank until it was gone, I thought. But clearly I've missed something.

Fuck sad

TheBakeryQueen Wed 05-Jul-17 20:23:00

Is she otherwise well?

ShowOfHands Wed 05-Jul-17 20:24:03

In rude health. 100% attendance for 2 years. Not even a cold.

ShowOfHands Wed 05-Jul-17 20:25:03

I am SaulGood. Sorry. ShowOfHands, is my normal name. Was aiming for continuity!

ragged Wed 05-Jul-17 20:26:48

definitely sinister? Are you sure?
I thought lots of people had persistent lumps & bumps in all sorts of places, that mean nothing sinister.

If it was an easy place to get a mystery-cause bruise once, it's probably an easy place to get a no-obvious-reason-how bruise again. No reason to think it's the same bump recurring.

TheBakeryQueen Wed 05-Jul-17 20:27:31

So if that lump 2 years ago was serious you would've known by now I would assume?

Definitely take her to the doctors again for peace of mind, but the chances are that with her being well in herself it's likely nothing to worry about.

Health anxiety is awful, can really sympathise.

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