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Dr. Vera Khrakovsky
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I have a medium to small lump right above the left side of my ankle on my left leg. It is not painful at all. Any ideas of what it is?

I have a medium to small lump right above the left side of my ankle on my left leg. It is not painful at all. Any ideas of what it is?

I have a medium: It could be a cyst which is filled with fluid and can happen after an injury or almost jello type tissue if you have had it for a while or a lipoma, that consists of fatty tissue , both cause no problems. However, if the lump is getting bigger or is not going away, best to see a podiatrist or a surgeon , get an ultrasound and/or an MRI to find exactly what it is. ...Read more

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Dr. Vikram Patel
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Dr. Paxton Daniel
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I get a painful lump in my left calf while getting up in the morning. It disappears almost immediately but some pain remains there. What is it?

I get a painful lump in my left calf while getting up in the morning. It disappears almost immediately but some pain remains there. What is it?

Assuming: This isn't a muscle spasm that improves with stretching out, transient muscle herniation through the fascia that surrounds the muscle can occur. The muscle can then reduce through the fascial defect. Ultrasound can be useful in diagnosing these. ...Read more

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Dr. Vikram Patel
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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I have a hard, small lump on my left calf muscle, about an inch below the knee that I noticed 11 months ago. I have two similar hard small lumps on my right bicep and one on my left bicep. Not painful?

I have a hard, small lump on my left calf muscle, about an inch below the knee that I noticed 11 months ago. I have two similar hard small lumps on my right bicep and one on my left bicep. Not painful?

Next office visit: Lipomas are usually soft, but what you are describing sounds benign, maybe dermatofibromas. Show your physician at your next office visit or earlier if they start growing. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Sensitive painful hard lump on my left leg just below my knee on the left side of my calf... Any ideas of what it could be?

Sensitive painful hard lump on my left leg just below my knee on the left side of my calf... Any ideas of what it could be?

Can be anything!: Hard painful lumps and bumps need to be evaluated by your PCP, or dermatologist for further evaluation. Depending if there's an additional red ring around it, or if it's nodular, or if it has any other associate findings will determine what it could be. So a physical examination needs to be done for definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Vikram Patel
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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
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Just discovered a painful, small lump near the bottom of my left calf. No ins. Need advice. Only painful when touched. Not visible. Ideas?

Just discovered a painful, small lump near the bottom of my left calf. No ins. Need advice. Only painful when touched. Not visible. Ideas?

Cyst: If it is not visible, then most likely it's not inflammatory, because those are red, hot, swollen, itchy. Ganglion cysts (cysts located on the tendons) are by far the most common cause of otherwise not painful lumps unless touched. They are smooth surfaced, firm, mobile. They are benign and sometimes may disappear, although, at times may grown and cause even more pain due to compression. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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The middle of my calf in my left leg in the soft tissue on the side is so extremely painful, there is a lump and its so painful, what could it be?

The middle of my calf in my left leg in the soft tissue on the side is so extremely painful, there is a lump and its so painful, what could it be?

Painful Calf: as we can neither see nor examine this painful lump it behoves you to go to your physician and have it evaluated. It could be anything from a sore muscle to a blood clot. ...Read more

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Dr. Kelty Baker
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Small painful lump in left calf. Tested for blood clot and infections were negative. My doctor does not know what it is.?

Small painful lump in left calf. Tested for blood clot and infections were negative. My doctor does not know what it is.?

More testing needed: Sometimes a ct scan or MRI can help better determine what is going on. If it persists, you may need to see a surgeon for a biopsy. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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For a while now Iv had a lump on my leg which I can feel when I left my toes and not painful. What could it be. ?

For a while now Iv had a lump on my leg which I can feel when I left my toes and not painful. What could it be. ?

Not painful is not : A reason not to have it checked out. Skin cancers, tumors that can be dangerous and life threatening do not have to be painful. ...Read more

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