Name : Annette Gahan
Adult: 45 years old
Location: Bothell, WA
Area(s) affected: Right tibia
Back in 2000 I had a large mass removed from my right knee area. I had
always had pain in that leg since I was a child and assumed now that it was from
the tumor. The doctors were unable to diagnose a cause for that tumor. In
December of 2010 I found another lump behind my right knee and after a trip to
the orthopedic surgeon and many scans I was diagnosed with another tumor and
Melorheostosis. I will be having the mass removed next week, but was told by my
doctor that if he did anything to the bone it would ruin it so I will just have
to manage the pain and get annual scans to watch for more tumor growths. I also
have Crohn’s disease but my doctor says the there is no relationship between the
two diseases. Just got lucky I guess to be diagnosed with two painful diseases!
Because of my Crohn’s disease I am unable to take anti-inflamatories, but do rely on Tylenol to help me sleep at night when the pain is always worse.
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