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Happy New Year!

I have a new symptom and want to know if any of you have experienced the same thing. I've been watching an area on the front of my shin that looked like a bruise, but then I thought maybe it was a vein. I noticed it about 6 weeks ago. Then 2 weeks ago my lower legs started hurting, especially at night. This very annoying discomfort- just couldn't get them comfortable.

Then today the bruise/vein was suddenly swollen and painful.

I HATE looking at every little thing like it might BE SOMETHING. But I think I should at least have my primary care doc take a look.

Have any of you had this? I had Rituxan treatment one year ago and my recent blood work looked good except elevated IGM.(1200)

Thanks.
Donna

MZ NHL Stage IV May 2010 currently on watchful waiting. Re-staging PET in two weeks.

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Hi Donna,
I think what would worry me most with your leg pain is the fact that a bruise is showing with swelling and tenderness. If you didn't bump it on something to cause this and it just appeared for no reason, I would most definetely be getting in to see the doctor. It could be nothing to worry about, but it's best to get it checked out. I have quite a bit of leg and hip discomfort, but no bruising or swelling. My left side(butt, hip and knee) especially bothers me which is the side my BMB was done on. Underneath my left butt cheek it always feels like it's numb after sitting for any length of time. Also when I go to bed if I lay on my left side my hip will ache causing me to toss and turn. I'm still doing my Rituxan maint with another year of bi-monthly infusions to complete. I don't know Donna...it feels like nothing is ever going to be the same, but it is what it is and I think we are always going to worry when something new pops up. The aches and pains are quite the challenge though. Please let us know what you decide to do. Good luck my friend, and I'll keep positive thoughts that this will be something minor and non cancer related.
Much love...Sue (FNHL-2-3a-6/10)

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Hey Donna,

I agree with Sue - get it checked out. I know one of the
questions I get asked by nurses frequently is have I noticed
any unusual bruising, etc. I think it has to do with blood
counts (platelets?).

Anyway, good luck and keep us posted.

Hugs and positive thoughts,

Jim
DX: DLBL 4/2011, Chemo completed 10/2011, currently in remission. :)
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Sue and Jim and all,

Went to the doctor today-all is well.She thinks some small spider veins burst and caused the swelling and the bruising.No biggie. Thanks for your concern and support as always.

I am relieved. My doctor told me that I absolutely did the right thing coming in- so thanks for your encouragement.

Love,
Donna

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Thanks for the up-date! Take care...Love, Sue (FNHL-2-3a-6/10)

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Donna

I am so happy that all is well with your leg. What a relief.

Thinking of you
Lisha

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So glad you went, anything minor could be major now......

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Dear Donna,

Great news. I am so glad you followed up on your swelling and bruising. One less thing
to worry about.

Sue and I seem to have the same problem with our hips. My life has changed so much since
I had the BMB back in Oct 2009. I used to love walking, and leaving the car at home.
Now when I attempt walking to the store, I can't wait to get back home. At times, no
most times,it's very depressing for me. My house is located on a very quiet street. Yet, 4
blocks away, I have access to many stores. Lord and Taylor, Trader Joe, etc. Even my club for
the summer is located within walking distance. In order to enjoy a walk now, I have to
take medication to do some walking. Even the medication doesn't last long. I only take
Tylenol or Aleve. I am so afraid to take something that might make me an addict. LOL
I have to accept what is, and be thankful for what is now my life.

Sorry, I rambled on. Just feeling sorry for myself. Today is not a good day.

Donna, enjoy the good news. All my love Maggie

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Hi Miss Maggie,
Sorry that your having a bad day, I've recently had several of those :( I'm really sick right now so everything looks darker, but I know we will get past them and move on, like we always do. This disease took many things that you loved but look at the brighter side you're here alive with your family, smile and enjoy life just at a slower pace :)
Take care of yourself and I'm sending you a big, warm hug via the internet...

Sincerely,
Liz

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Hi Liz,
Sorry to hear you have had a few bad days and being sick. Thats not the way we want to start our new Year out dang it. Is it your cancer making you sick, or the flu or maybe a cold? Sure hope whatever it is, will ease up in a hurry. I'll keep you in my prayers for a speedy recover. Take care dear...Love...Sue (FNHL-2-3A-6/10)

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Hi Sue,
Yeah it really sucks being sick, I got bronchitis on New Year's Eve...but I'm trying my hardest to get better. I too had a long night, I also woke up at 3:30 and had to go to the living room so I wouldn't wake up my hubby with all my coughing. I'm taking some over the counter medications but they don't seem to do much but get me sleepy. And like you I have a 3 yr old I have to take care (not sleep). Thank you Sue for your kind words...

Sincerely,
Liz

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Dear Liz,

Gee whiz. What a way to start the New Year. It's enough to say "enought is enough". Please
take care of yourself. bronchitis can be very serious. Did you go to the doctor? Maybe
you need anti-biotics? Do you take Vitamin D3? This vitamin is very important for everyone.
Especially for us. Please have your doctor check you levels for vitamin D, via blood test.
The reading should be between 30-50. At least 1000mg a day.

I always hated silence in the room. Therefore, I put on the radio when I go to bed.
Someone called in asking about their son-in-law who was DX with Follcular NHL, and what
nutrients he shouldtake.Doctoreplied Vitamin D, Fish Oil, and something called
E FEE GEE. I have no idea what that is, or how it is spelled. The doctor stated people
with Lymphoma should take these vitamins.

Liz, Thank you for your kind words. Today, feeling a bit better. I know our lives have changed
since our DX. But, there are days when you want to do something, and it's hard. That's
when you remember the way it was. Yes, you are right. I have a wonderful family and friends.
I just have to remember that.

All my love to you. Love Maggie

miss maggie
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Dear Liz,

Gee whiz. What a way to start the New Year. It's enough to say "enought is enough". Please
take care of yourself. bronchitis can be very serious. Did you go to the doctor? Maybe
you need anti-biotics? Do you take Vitamin D3? This vitamin is very important for everyone.
Especially for us. Please have your doctor check you levels for vitamin D, via blood test.
The reading should be between 30-50. At least 1000mg a day.

I always hated silence in the room. Therefore, I put on the radio when I go to bed.
Someone called in asking about their son-in-law who was DX with Follcular NHL, and what
nutrients he shouldtake.Doctoreplied Vitamin D, Fish Oil, and something called
E FEE GEE. I have no idea what that is, or how it is spelled. The doctor stated people
with Lymphoma should take these vitamins.

Liz, Thank you for your kind words. Today, feeling a bit better. I know our lives have changed
since our DX. But, there are days when you want to do something, and it's hard. That's
when you remember the way it was. Yes, you are right. I have a wonderful family and friends.
I just have to remember that.

All my love to you. Love Maggie

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Hi Miss Maggie,
I'm telling it just never ends, I decided to come to the hospital today and they told me I had pneumonia. I'm glad that I came at least I'm getting antibiotics and getting admitted. I'll keep you guys posted, and please take care of yourself.
Sincerely,
Liz

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Hi Liz

Wow, I am so sorry to hear that you are in the hospital. But, I am glad that you are finaly getting the proper treatment.
I sure hope that the antibiotics kick in fast and that you will be feeling so so much better very soon.
It will take a while to get back to your baseline of energy. Don't try to rush it, even if you are starting to feel better. Take your time..

I have had pneumonia a few times and it really knocks the wind out of your sails.

Rest Rest Rest and plenty of fluids.

I am sending you positive healing thoughts and prayers for a quick end to this infection.

Lisha

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Hi Liz,
Sounds like your bronchitis took a wrong turn. I'm so sorry to hear you are in the hospital. I'll keep you in my prayers and think positive thoughts that you will be able to go home as soon as possible to your family. Rest and get better. Love..Sue (FNHL-2-3a-6/10)

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Dear Sweet Liz,

I never expected your DX of pneumonia. I do know bronchitis can go into pneumonia. Did you get your flu shot in 2011?

What a lesson for all of us. Since my DX in Sept 2009, I no longer neglect myself. I keep
up with the tests I should have. Also, when I feel ill, I do go to the doctor. Yes, I have
become a hypercondriac.

Do you have someone watching your 3 year baby?

Please get better, and post when you come home. Keep us up to date. I worry about you.

Love Maggie PS I had pneumonia in 1998. I didn't have the flu shot. Anyway, I was in the hospital 5 days. When I got home, it took almost 2 weeks to get back to normal. Hopefully that
won't be the case with you. You have a 3 year old.

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Liz,
Wow, glad you went to the hospital!You are in the right place. Take care- we're praying for you!

Love,
Donna

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Hi Maggie,
I'm so sorry your having a bad day...I had a bad night last night. I sat and watched the Iowa Caucuse results and by the time I went to bed,(11:30) my left thigh and hip were cramping something awful. Ended up sleeping on the couch as not to disturb Steve, and finally at 3:00 this morning resorted to taking a hot bath and taking a mild pain pill. Today is my day to watch Lizzy, so needless to say, my butt is draggin. We will spend a lot of time today sitting and reading instead of me crawling around the floor playing hide and seek and our usual "active" games. I hope your day gets better Maggie..mine is already better just having Lizzy here to hug and kiss on. Thinking of you...Sue (FNHL-2-3A-6/10)

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Sorry Sue,
My brain is half dead, I forgot to ask you how you were doing with your hip pain? Take it easy Sue, and please take care of yourself.

Sincerely,
Liz

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Hi Liz,
The hip is better, but it doesn't give me much trouble when I'm moving around throughout the day. It starts in at night after diner is over when I get in my chair to watch t.v. or read. Seems like sitting causes it to go numb and then the achey feeling creeps in. Thanks for asking...hope your bronchitis gets better soon! Love...Sue (FNHL-2-3A-6/10)

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Sue,
Well hell thats the cure. Just never sit down and stand on your feet all day and keep moving.That office visit and prescription will cost you $150.LOL. Just joking, my hips give me a fit sometimes too. Doctor John

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Steve thinks I don't rest enough during the day..(getting off my feet)and thats why at night I ache so much. Who knows...ya know? Thanks Doctor John..."the checks in the mail"..ha!
Sue

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John,

You are hilarious. Never change.

Love ya,
Donna

miss maggie
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Dear Sue,

Sleepless nights are very rough. That happens to me alot also. Maybe you should try
a hot bath before bed??? What do you think?

I know you cherish your days with Lizzie. There is nothing like a baby to bring us
back to feeling better and normal. Just like when we had our children, there is no time to feel sorry for ourselves. Nor do we want to. My 3 grandchildren are almost grown now. My daughter wanted to work. Therefore, I took care of each one of them when they were babies.
and beyond. They are still in my life, and live close by.

Did you read John's post? I treasure his sense of humor. Keep them coming John.

Enjoy and feel better. The years just fly by. Just like when we had our children.

Love Maggie

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Oh yes Maggie...I usually shower in the evenings, but when my hip and leg is hurting, or starting to hurt, I always switch and take a warm/hot bath instead. I also use my heating pad which brings a lot of relief. Yes...I also treasure Johns great sense of humor...he's helped all of us immensely and I certainly appreciate everything he brings to our dear group. Have a good day sweet Maggie...I have Lizzy today, so my day will automatically be good!
Love you...Sue (FNHL-2-3A-6/10)

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Hi Sue,

Do you have access to a hot tub? My gym has one and I think a lot of them do.I find it to be so soothing for a variety of aches and pains. Just a thought.
I will drag myself to the gym and force myself to workout so that I can use the hot tub!(I bribe myself - 45 minute workout or no hot tub!) :)

Hope you are feeling better!
Love,
Donna

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Hi Donna,
I have sat in hot tubs and I agree they are very soothing and do help with eliminating aches and pains...(temporarily). I have a little "mini-spa" like machine that hangs on the side of the tub that makes the water circulate somewhat like a hot tub. My kids bought it for me a few years back. But to be honest, it really is worthless. I think it's made more for the psychological idea of a hot tub experience and not so much for the actual physical feeling of sitting in one. I don't even drag it out anymore now that I've out smarted it psychologically..ha! My heating pad is my best friend and usually soothes my achey joints. When it gets really bothersome I resort to a mild pain pill and hot bath and for now I make it through the random bad periods relatively well by using this combination. Thanks for caring Donna...this group is so good at offering little tricks to get us through our cancer journey. Take care dear lady and keep going to the gym...your "hot tub" awaits when you go!!! Love ya...Sue
(FNHL-2-3A-6/10)

miss maggie
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Hi Sue,

Question for you? I did have a problem with my right knee before my DX in Sept 2009.
Between the knee problem and Hip problem caused by the BMB, I have a real challenge.
Anyway, I have been using ice on my knee. It helps for awhile. Do you think I should
use a heating pad instead on my knee? Does the heat for your leg help you?

Enjoy you weekend. Love you also Maggie

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Hi Maggie,
Yes...heat has always given me relief. My doctor told me ice should be used when swelling occurs in the joints, but if there is no swelling, heat is best. I don't have swelling in my bothersome area's. I use 2 large size heating pad which work very well. Steve connected them to a power strip that lays in a canvas book/magazine holder beside my recliner. I take one pad and position it starting under the top of my left hip and butt cheek,where it then continues down covering my left thigh....(bottom of the pad ends right in the middle of my left knee) I take the second pad and stretch it across my upper back and both shoulders. This way I can cover my two most bothersome area's at one time. Both heating pads shut off automatically after a certain period of time which is great because I'm always falling asleep in my recliner. I still have periodic hot flashes so it can get pretty hectic when one hits while having the heating pads in place. It's quite the sight to see as I throw both pads off and jump out of my chair trying to get to the front door for some cool air...ha! Heating pads and hot flashes can make for one "hot mama"!!! haha! Yes Maggie, to answer your question, I think you will find more relief by using heat rather than ice. I bought my heating pads at Walgreens(Walgreens brand) for about $20.00 each....give or take a $$ or two. Mine measure 12 inches across and 24 inches long. It can't hurt to try some heat Maggie. Let me know if you do, and how it works for you. You have a good weekend too. Much love...Sue (FNHL-2-3A-6/10)

miss maggie
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Dear Sue,

Thank you so very much for your detailed description for your aches and pains.

I do have one heating pad that I use on my right hip. I think I will try heat on my
knee. I have nothing to lose. I will try it when I know I'm not going out. Just in case
the heat has negative results. I do have a slight swelling of my right knee.

You are so cute. Just amazing. Killing one bad person with one stone. I hate using
this saying using birds. LOL I love all animals, especially the bird population.

Thanks again for your help. Luv you Maggie

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