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Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Portland, OR
Bikes: 2008 Salsa Casseroll, 2012 Surly Disc Trucker
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Off the bike - hematoma :(
I'm sharing the following in case anyone else down the road confuses a boil with a hematoma...not trying to be gross on purpose.
I've been ordered to stay off the bike for at least two weeks by my doctor. A couple of weeks ago I returned from a night ride and immediately noticed I had a small purple lump about as high up on my inner thigh as possible. I've never had a saddle sore (boil) before, so I assumed that's what it was.
It mostly subsided after a week, and I even went on a couple of short, careful rides with copious use of chamois butt'r. But yesterday I did a 30-miler and the thing swelled up even bigger than it was the first time. I finally went to my doctor assuming it had to be lanced, and he told me it wasn't a boil, but a hematoma. And a small enough one that he advised letting it subside on its own. Hence the prescription to stay off the bike and avoid further friction/irritation.
With some care I expect this bugger will be gone by the time I get to Portland next month.