Name of patient: Andres Villegas

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Adult: 24 years old

City and state, or city and country: New York, NY

Area(s) of body affected: Left Tibia

Personal History: 


I am a doctoral student in the Neurobiology and Behavior program at Columbia University. I enjoy running both recreationally and competitively. On an afternoon run, I noticed an acute pain on my left knee. The pain did not subside for several days, so I consulted my physician who referred me to an orthopedic oncologist. I was then shown the dense candle wax appearance on my x-ray film and subsequently told I had an incidental finding of melorheostosis.


I continue to run and remain active despite the pain that returns on my left knee upon doing so. I have found that cooling the area with ice helps alleviate and accelerate my recovery. I have found a new motivation. I am fortunate that I am still able to be active. I plan on running on behalf of Melo and raising awareness along the way. I look forward to meeting my fellow Melo patients!


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