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Hard Lump on Lower Leg

23 Jul 2018 00:41

Hi, I am a 27 year old female and I discovered a lump on my lower leg roughly above my ankle a few years ago. Recently, it has become more noticeable and I believe it has slightly grown in size. It's a hard lump that doesn't move and is painless.

I have been to see a Doctor who referred me to the hospital to have an X-Ray. Results take approximately 2-3 weeks so it's a case of the waiting game at the moment. 

Unfortunately, I am a huge worrier. The Doctor said that it's unlikely to be anything serious as it has been there years whereas cancer usually takes months to grow. However, when looking online I have read that cancers can take years to grow, in some cases up to 20 years before being diagnosed.

I don't feel unwell in myself. I do however suffer from dizzy spells and tiredness but I'm not sure if that's down to lack of sleep and stress.

I just hope it's nothing serious but my mind goes into overdrive and think of the worst possible outcome. 

Hard Lump on Lower Leg

24 Jul 2018 22:23 in response to Vicky68034

Welcome to the forum Vicky.

The waiting game is tough. In fact, the majority of members here on the forum say that waiting for results is the hardest part of the process and hopefully some of them will be along soon to offer their support and advice.

It's good that you don't feel unwell within yourself and even better that the doctor thinks it's unlikely to be anything serious but it's understandable, and completely natural, to worry and think overwise. Researching online via Dr Google does seem to increase the worst case scenario thoughts so do try to stop using it if you can - easier said than done I know, as do many of our members.

Some have found staying busy helps to pass the time so do try and keep yourself occupied whilst you wait. Or you can keep chatting to us here on the forum and connecting with others who will really understand what you're going through at the moment.

We'll have our fingers crossed the results bring good news when you get them.

Kind regards,

Steph, Cancer Chat Moderator

Hard Lump on Lower Leg

3 Jan 2019 18:57 in response to Vicky68034


im in a simimilar situation but my symptoms were quick to develop. I started off with one lump on my lower left leg a couple of months ago, I now have 5 lumps they feel hard and immobile to touch, although the doctor is convinced they are lipomas i have my doubts, the lumps have been continually growing and they have just recently started to feel painful to touch, I have severe fatigue some days I can’t keep myself awake, I feel nauseous all the time, my gp keeps sending me for ultra sounds but my legs are full of fluid, so am having another scan hopefully soon. Would appreciate any advice. As I’m a huge worrier too mostly down to the fact that all my grandparents have suffered from cancer, 3 out of 4 died. 

Thank you. 

Hard Lump on Lower Leg

21 Jan 2019 18:45 in response to elanny1988

Hi, I'm sorry about your grandparents. It could be though that you're making yourself ill with anxiety. I don't want to sound disrespectful but sometimes we can convince ourselves something is wrong when it isn't. My grandparents and my mother died of cancer, so I am aware how scary it is. Every time I find something wrong I assume the worst. 

Hard Lump on Lower Leg

10 Apr 2019 13:53 in response to elanny1988

This sounds very similar to my current symptoms first lump was found late last year and I now have five hard non mobile lumps causing pain that run down my shin bone. Have you had any results yet? I hope you don’t mind me asking 

Hard Lump on Lower Leg

2 May 2019 15:24 in response to mrsseaton

I would be interested to know what the results were too. 

I found a lump on my leg yesterday its quite big. Having already had papiliary thyroid cancer any lump is always a worry to me but I try not not let it get the best of me. 

I'm going to see if there is any change on Monday and if not I will try and get in at my doctors. 



Hard Lump on Lower Leg

2 May 2019 17:41 in response to GemStar182


Thought id respond to you all, thank you for taking the time to message me back too.

I had an ultra sound and a CT scan, apparently not lypomas or blood clots, or circulatory related. I saw two different types of radiographer too, i have a refferal to dermatology as they said this is the last resort for them to go down as they are completely puzzled. My appointment is in 3 weeks so will update you all, but my lumps are growing i now have another one, so totalling 6. Im no longer googling or researching as i have decided to not think the worst, when i messaged last i was in a bad place emotionally. I hope your all well, anybody else had any results or breakthroughs. x

Hard Lump on Lower Leg

7 Jun 2019 12:28 in response to mrsseaton


I have the same symptoms with the shin pain and lumps along the shin, however today I noticed another one on the side of my leg with  which is also hard and immovable. I’ve also had some extreme fatigue and my old healed tattoos (more than 10 years old) are also all raised. I’m curious what your results will be because of the shin pain that most others don’t seem to mention.  

Hard Lump on Lower Leg

11 Jun 2019 23:30 in response to mrsseaton


i still have all lumps each getting bigger by the day, and have new ones. I have been referred to dermatology and I have a biopsy appointment after my holiday, so I’ll keep you posted. Hope your well. X

Hard Lump on Lower Leg

18 Sep 2019 19:23 in response to kat84

Hi - hope you don’t mind me asking but what was the outcome? My husband has discovered a lump on the top of his shin and I’m petrified

Hard Lump on Lower Leg

18 Sep 2019 23:23 in response to Roxy1979

Hi I have just discovered a smallish lump on my lower calf . It was found whilst I was moisturizing my legs..I haven’t been feeling well for 2+ weeks with severe indigestion and nausea (I doubt related) I have never had anything like this before and absolutely painless. Unable to move it around. I’m quite worried will try and see GP this week.  

Hard Lump on Lower Leg

15 Oct 2019 23:03 in response to SarahK21

Hi there

I'm new to this site but have been reading all your posts about small lumps on shins. I have also found a small lump on my shin and went to see my GP today. I’m off work this week as I feel sickly and generally unwell. I only mentioned it to my GP while I was seeing him as it has started to worry me. He said he doubts my lump and my feeling unwell is related but is sending me for an ultrasound scan. I’m currently waiting for a date to come through for that. Has anyone got any updates on your appointments concerning your lumps? 

Hard Lump on Lower Leg

16 Oct 2019 11:44 in response to Roxy1979

Hi there 

I was just wondering if your husband managed to get answers for his lump on his shin back in September as I have noticed a small lump on my shin recently and awaiting an ultrasound, I’m also very anxious.

take care 


Hard Lump on Lower Leg

27 Mar 2020 20:58 in response to kat84

Hi there


I was wondering if you have had any results back regarding your leg? My symptoms seem very similar but I can't find anyone who had a diagnosis



Hard Lump on Lower Leg

1 Apr 2020 02:31 in response to Cosmopolitom

Hey, I hope you all got your lumps sorted! I have discovered one on my shin as well, hard, immobile and a tiny bit tender to touch. I thought it's an ingrown hair but it's too hard and not painful enough to be that, so I'm a bit worried. In the current situation, I don't even hope to get any investigation done... Has any of you get any results back? 

I hope you all stay safe!