Erythema Nodosum?I'm 38 years old and it looks like I, too, have erythema nodosum.
It started about 7 weeks ago, I noticed this lumpy looking thing on my shin but it didn't seem to be a bruise. After 2 weeks I went to urgent care one day after work (I'm a teacher) because I can never get to a doctor with a full time job and three kids of my own...anyway they sent me to the ER because they thought it was a blood clot. One sonogram later and no, it's not a blood clot. They diagnosed me as having a bruise and sent me home.
A week later it hadn't improved like a bruise usually does AFTER THREE WEEKS so I went to my PCP. He exclaimed "OMG it's an infection!" and gave me Keflex (for strep).
Three days later my 10 year old gets lice (because who doesn't like to work full time with three kids and play Medical Monopoly) and I take her to urgent care. While there, I had the doc look at my now WORSE leg. He put me on Bactrim. He said it was probably staph, no wonder Keflex wasn't working.
Two days later I went to the ER with a fever and feeling like crap and my leg looked like it was going to explode.
They hospitalized me, telling me it was MRSA and put me on Vancomysin, administered by IV.
I was in the hospital for 5 days and off work for a week. THen the Infectious disease people came in and told me it was simply a rash. Go and see a dermetologist, they said.
So, upon my release from the hospital, I went to my dermetologist. He put me on bedrest and said it looked like Erythema Nodosum. He did bloodwork, too.
But bedrest with a full time job, three kids, one of whom got lice AGAIN is impossible. So I didn't really rest.
Ended up in the ER again this past Wednesday night. They gave me Vancomycin but said it was probably Erythema Nodosum. And I need a biopsy (which I had been asking for since the hospital, BTW)
So the next day I went to the dermetologist again and he put me on bedrest and off of work for two weeks (which I have been honoring this time through...lice is GONE.) I was to get a biopsy THAT DAY but the surgeon screwed me over so now I'm going in on Tuesday for a biopsy.
I'm so annoyed, it's just getting worse, it's getting bigger, and I just want a damn biopsy! If it is EN, I will have to go off of birth control. That's not cool, I don't want any more kids! So that's my last resort.
I'm annoyed because work is mad at me, my family thinks I'm just sitting around having fun, and a lot of people think I'm making it up because they've never heard of it before.
WHo would make this up? Do they think I willed these ugly things all over my legs?