I have been having some trouble with my arm for about two months, ever since we were in Flagstaff. When we were there, I walked into the door between the living area and the bathroom in our trailer, and hit my left arm. I didn’t have a bruise or anything, but my arm has been hurting ever since then.
It doesn’t hurt when I lift it up over my head, or when I move it back and forth, or side to side, but when I try to pick something up, it hurts. Like when I try to pick up a can of soda or open the door to the truck, I have no “grip” and my arm hurts.
Then, this week, I happened to notice that it looked swollen, right below the bend in my elbow. I had FabGrandpa look at it, and said it looked swollen to him, too. And, there was a knot in there. Not a bruise, but a huge “bump” in there. My friend Lynda looked at it too, and said, “yeah, it’s swollen up, Kid” (she always calls me kid, I love that about her!)
So, today, we went to the urgent care clinic in Anthem that is down the road from the Christmas tree lot. They took a look and said “yep, it’s swollen”. They gave me a prescription for Naproxen, and orders to get an ultrasound done at the hospital in Phoenix. I have to call on Monday and make an appointment. The diagnosis right now is:
Palpable mass in left forearm. It does looks swollen in this picture:
The doctor I saw said it was probably just a cyst or a benign tumor. After I get the ultrasound done, they will call me with the results and refer me to an orthopedic surgeon. (Ick!) So, there ya go—the suspense is palpable!