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Excruciating lower leg pain

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  • Posted By: cdf4402c
  • March 6, 2007
  • 03:08 AM

For 2 weeks now I have been dealing with lower left leg pain. The doctor has given me a doppler ultrasound which rules out DVT. Now he just shakes his head and said today "I don't know what you've done to yourself!" I started cring as the pain is almost unbearable. I'm a responsible 57 year old professional woman who lives alone. My boyfriend and I had returned from a 4200 mile car vacation two weeks before this occured. The week before I was bed ridden with the stomach flu. That's why I was sure it was some form of DVT. I'm not sleeping as this is waking me up at night. I'm on 800 mg ibuprophen, but wen I am sleeping and it runs out the pain wakes me. It feels like a tournaquet is tied around my knee and just before the leg goes to sleep (numb), the pain radiates down mh sin and around to my ankle. I would like to think that 2 weeks of down time, butt down/leg up would change the pain. But it hasn't. Any one anywhere with any thoughts. My doctor seems to be at a loss.

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  • possible that it might be severe calf cramping also called 'charley horse'. it is caused by imbalance of electrolytes and dehydration. this makes sense if you had the flu last week because vomiting and diarrhea upsets your electrolyte balance a lot. make sure you are drinking plenty of water (not a dangerous amount but enough to flush the salts through your system well), eat things with potassium and calcium in them like a banana milk smoothie, take a multivitamin if you can, and see if you can find a sports drink that has electrolyte supplements in it (some versions of Gatorade do i believe). hopefully this will help your problem. if it does not then maybe have your dr. run some kidney function tests.
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  • agree wth above poster....add a magnesium supplement as well
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  • my friend is in excruciating pain in her left lower leg. she is diabetic and has liver disease. she is taking meds for it as well as vitamins and she spent the night in the hospital but they said they can't find anything wrong..and sent her home to rest and use hot compresses. she was prescribed codiene but it is not taking the pain away. does anyone have any ideas..please..i can't stand to see her suffer.
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