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Can you tell me was the Vet you had seen a Reptile Specialist?
Can you tell me about the set up?
UVB light, how old, linear tube or compact coil, strength and brand?
Temps in basking area, warm side and cool side?
Can you post a Picture of the legs?
Did the Vet run any blood work?
If the Vet was not a Reptile Specialist I suggest seeing on. You may be dealing with MBD Metabolic Bone Disease, Gout or Pseudo Gout with the dragon being so young I have my doubts on Cancer. I would make sure they did blood work the include Calcium levels as well as Uric acid levels to rule out MBD as well as gout http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=17+1796&aid=2496.
I would switch the UVB to a linear tube to run the length of the tank. I suggest the Reptisun 10.0 linear tube. As far as diet right now you should be feeding 80% live prey and 20% veggies. I would not feed any Super worms as they are very fatty and can affect the Kidneys and Liver. Stay away from too many fruits because of the sugar content. Escarole, collard greens, mustard greens and butternut squash are a good combination for Veggies.
If the legs are painful there is Medication the Vet can give to help. I would ask them if the checked for gout, as it is common in Reptiles. I would start giving a daily soak in warm water and allo the Dragon to swim and use the legs as this could help reduce some swelling and Pain.
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