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Chronic shin pain

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  • Posted By: 2liveagain
  • May 7, 2009
  • 03:00 PM

Since 2001-2002, I have experienced extreme pain in both of my shins. The pain is only in the interior of the shin area and stretches for about 5 inches up the shin. It started when I was playing competitive volleyball, so initially we thought it was shin splints. The pain eventually lead me to quit, and 7 years later the pain has stayed the same. I have tried: total rest, years of physical therapy, arch supports, and surgery for compartment syndrome.
I also went to Mayo Clinic where they told me it wasn't fractures or cancer, but they couldn't tell me what it was.
I've been on lots of medication and only 2 helped, so I think that might be a clue as to what it is. Vioxx totally took the pain away, which is an anti-inflammatory. The only other med to help was percocet, but it made me drowsy and fatigued so I quit taking it. The following includes a list of meds I have tried that were totally ineffective (I list this b/c it might help in a diagnosis): gabapentin (neurontin), lyrica, cymbalta, nortriptyline, hydrocodone, advil, ib-profin.
At the time I did complain of fatigue, which seemed to start around the time or soon after I started having the shin pain. I had no psychological problems at that time, no stress/anxiety, no sleep problems, no depression, I was a happy high school student. I also had bad overactive bladder.
The pain get worse with activity.

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  • Other things I forgot to mention. I have bruises all over the interior of my shins. Sometimes they do away, then one morning I'll wake up with fresh bruises. They are very tender to the touch and massages make the pain worse. Could this be come sort of autoimmune disorder?
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