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Left ankle pain and swelling. Doctors cant find the problem.

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  • Posted By: left_ankle_only
  • August 28, 2008
  • 00:29 AM

I'm a 15 year old male and i have ankle pain and swelling, in my left ankle, for over two years. I do play basket ball.


I started by going to my local foot doctor, he did several x-rays and said that my ankle bone was a diffrent color than it should be which leed him to beleive that i might have a tumor on my ankle, but its not a tumor. After doing a biopsy to check for diseases, all results came back negative, he refered me to a orthopedics specialist.


I have been seeing my ortho guy for about a year and he has found no cause for my pain or sweeling, first he did x-rays and found nothing but the discoloration in my bone, he didnt find that strange at all. He put me in cast for a month to stop my ankle from moving to try to start a healing process, but it didnt help. After finding no problems he decided to redo my biopsy, and try growing the bone tissue in a special way.


I also did physical therapy for about 3 months between leaving my local foot guy and reciving my cast from the ortho specialist. Of course it didnt help or i wouldnt be posting.


Any rlys would be awesome especially anyone that has had this same problem, or you know some one that has had this problem.
If you can give me a name of this disease or problem and how to treat it that would be great:).

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  • This is a long shot, becauce you're so young, But I'll answer anyway. There is a condition called May-Thurner syndrome. It is when the right iliac artery compresses the left iliac vein against the spine. This causes the blood to congest in the left leg because it can not normally pass the compression on its way back to the heart. It dos not necessarily results in the pain at the compression site (if it does it gives a lower back pain), most often it causes pain or swelling or both in the left leg. This condition is vastly underdiagnosed. It is impossible to discover with ultrasound and even difficult to discover with venography (phlebography). The only certain way to discover it is by means of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) where the probe is inside the vein. The best research has been done by Neglén and Raju in Jackson, Miss. The treatment is to put a stent inside the vein at the site of the compression. The typical patient is a young – middle-aged woman, previously healthy where the doctors have not found other explanation for the symptoms. Could this possibly help? The best of luck!
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    • August 29, 2008
    • 00:54 AM
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