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Chronic Leg Pain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 27, 2009
  • 07:06 PM

Hi there,

This is a shot in the dark really as I've had problems for 11 years now, but here goes..

When I was younger I played competitive tennis and at the age of 16 started to get aching pains in both calves. From then on I have always had pain in my calves, whether at rest or active (although usually worse when active). Back then I had lots of tests and saw physios and consultants, ect, and after all of that they concluded I might have compartment syndrome (the test wasn't clear, but showed signs). They operated on my right calf first to see if it worked, which it didn't. So, I got dishearted and just learnt to live with pain everyday until it became part of me (I dont remember how my legs felt before the pain started). I quit tennis and got on with my life, just less active.

Over the years the problems have not gone away and have just developed. Now I feel pain all over my legs. I can't pinpoint it because it's an overall ache. Sometimes it hurts more that others (last night and today it's agony). The pain is also now on occasions in my pelvis/hips and I get lower back pain too (although not constant like with the legs). Most of the time I'd describe the pain as a dull ache, but sometimes I get extreme pain which feels boney, other times cramps, tingling, numbness. My legs feel weak and sometimes wobble/shake (especially with strenuous activity). I have noticed an increase in pain at rest the last year or so. And sometimes I get severe pain at night.

I had an MRI on my back (pelvis is slightly out, but not bad), neck is too straight. Have had numerous blood tests, which showed nothing. Had nerve and muscle tests, nerves fine, muscle showed possible but unlikely pinch nerve in lower back. End result was that the doctor thinks I have fibromyalgia and prescribed me Lyrica. I'm not convinced that's it...but took the tablets for a while and after they did nothing stopped.

Other things I have which I wonder if could be connected are insomnia, memory fog, vaginal discharge (not much usually but sometimes a lot)..this sometimes occurs with pain in the vagina or rectum, frequent headaches, rare extreme lower abdominal pain.

Well, I've done my best to explain things as well as possible. If anyone can giveme any ideas or insights I'd appreciate it. If not, no worries, I completely understand...No doctor has been able to help. Thanks for reading.


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  • Hi there,Your symptoms sound alot like mine. Has anyone replied to you yet? I am still looking for answers as well.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 28, 2009
    • 02:12 PM
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