Is there any pain there at the site of giant bump?
--> Yes. Throbbing. Feels like a very sensitive bruise when touched.
Is there swelling? Redness?
--> slight swelling, no redness.
Is the area hot or can you feel any warmth there?
--> no real temperature change from surrounding area
Are you sure there is no injury?
--> Positive! Crazy thing is, I had stopped to talk with a neighbor, and wasn't even moving at the time.
Do you have any other previous known medical illness?
--> no previous medical illness. I am fairly healthy and fit. (although I did have ACL surgery on that leg 6 years ago... can that be related at all?)
With all honest respect, I know it is hard to "see" without actually seeing my leg. My bump is about one and half hands' width below my patella and slightly (two finger widths) lateral to my tibia. I will definitely go to the doctor, but my initial thought is that it might be a ruptured vein?? Is that even possible? It literally felt like I got kicked in the leg when it happened. If this is the case, would icing it help? Or is elevation best until I can get in to my doc?
I was not kicked. Not even touched.
I received no external wound.
I am still perplexed.
Is there anything else it could be?
Thank you very much for following up with me.
First doc I went to did not know what to make of it. He suggested it may be a bite or sting, but there is no puncture wound. Second doc suggested I was hit with a stone and just didn't see/know it happened. Third doc suggested it was an "exploded vein" but couldn't tell me why it had happened. She suggested I follow up in a few days to see how it progresses after icing and elevating (as you suggested).