I thought I had a bruise but then a knot formed on the outside of patella on tibia. Pain went bone deep and my leg is growing weK, buckling. Tried NSAID and prednesone, went to ortho. He said it was a bursa over an osgood schlatter bump. Got MRI because cap is floating. He said I tore the inside ligaments and now the outside ligaments pull the cap left. He wants to do a lateral release. My concern is what he called a smudge "like eyeshadow" on the top of my tibia. He said it could be a bone bruise or arthritis even though he said he didn't find it under the cap where he thought I'd have it. Also, there is something under my cap, 'maybe a broken piece of cartilage which explains the pain'. The pain feels like an ice pick from the below the cap and into the bone to about mid shin.
Should I get a second opinion? I mean, I read online dark smudges can be tumors or cancer. I've been feeling very run down and run low fevers of 99.5 to 100.9 for months now. Am I just being paranoid?