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left leg numbness & lumps

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  • Posted By: anomalia
  • July 11, 2009
  • 04:39 AM

I have asked for someone to offered help, insight and do appreciate m3dh31p input on my inquiry "Please your help is requested", but that was it.

Now weeks later, a repeat CBC, shows WBC spiked 20k following an IVIG (another CBC is scheduled next week).

My left leg is considerably better at least as far as the severe pain and swelling goes, but continue to have pins/needles/vibration/numbness in left foot that I feel part way up my lower leg.

An ultrasound was done on leg, but not of the lumps, only to check for a blood clot. Painful lumps area were not on the orders to check so were not.

Is this doctoring or a piecemeal measure for bookkeeping?

Again the oncologists and PCP continue ping pong with this patient.

I've been informed by a journalist that Medicare only pays when surgery is done and the rest is a loss for them. Gee, that is comforting.

Why is it again people claim they want to become doctor$?

(please excuse frustrations, but it seems as if the person/the patient is kind of irrelevant in the larger scheme of things at times.)

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  • I feel your pain completely. I am struggling to find a competent person to listen to me too!In August of 2008 (the first week) I had my first stroke followed up two weeks to the day by a second. The only symptoms I had prior to the stroke were some painful lumped up blood vessels in my leg and in my hand that kept getting a dead feeling going completely numb ( first just my fingers then my whole arm would go dead) On the day of the first stroke I turned to talk to my husband and all that came out of my mouth was a garbled mess. I had migranes for months before and still do. Now I have been fighting with the insurance company and my PCP since november over strange bone growths and nodules that are growing rapidly on my toes fingers and lower leg and now my ribs. My feet and hands are in constant pain and I am so tired all of the time I can barely stay awake past 5pm. I am only 28 years old and 2 years ago I was healthy as a horse I don't understand why no one is as concerned as I am. I don't drink smoke or do drugs. I don't abuse my body something is wrong and I need help no one will listen to me either. I am so sorry to hear about your situation I hope and pray that you will run across someone who has the wisdom and compassion to find and treat what is ailing you. Good luck and God bless you.
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  • It could be Sarcoidosis.
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  • It could be Sarcoidosis.
    House29 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • To clarify, the lumps and swelling areas are not obvious on the surface. Some are quite large (12-15 cm) across but less than 1-1.5 cm swollen outwardly. The larger lumps are usually soft and feel somewhat gel like over the muscle. Some lumps are 1/3 or 1/4 or even 1/8th this size and are much more firm to the touch - almost like smooth hard areas. One particular one is off-center of my left shin and remains most of the time. It is not easy to distinguish this lump area ending and my shin bone - it seems as if a permanent part of my shin bone now. The softer lumps will change - enlarging which brings extreme pain and as they reduce in size over a few days the pain lessens. The smaller more firm lumps have pain when enlarged but less pain than the soft lumps. There is no discoloration on the surface of my skin. The last time this was at its worst, my entire leg seemed tight from the swelling and though it did not look obviously larger, on measurement it was 2 inches larger then my dominate leg at the calf. Proportion seemed normal and ankle not swollen. Only lump areas swell and go down though the fullness of this does bring tightness to the overall leg. This last time was the only time entire left leg was involved all at once. Today, left foot remains with feeling of vibrating/tingling/pins and needles, with a numbness feeling on 3/4 of my foot down to and including my toes. It is getting better very slowly as these sensations are not as high up my leg as they were only a few days ago. Standing, walking increase these sensations.
    anomalia 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • It could be compartment syndrome. For how long have you been experiencing your symptoms? Were you recently injured, have surgery or participate in repetitive and extensive muscle use, such as playing a sport? Also, are you experiencing any warmth in your left leg, if so it be a sign of a DVT or deep vein thrombosis, which is a blot clot in your leg. A DVT is potentially life threatening because the clot can break off and travel to your lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism. If you think you may have a DVT seek medical treatment immediately.Also it might be helpful to post a picture of the affected leg.Symptoms of compartment syndrome include:PainTinglingPallorCold limbParalysis of limbInability to palpate pulses in distal arteriesPainSwellingParesthesiaSensation of tight muscleNumbness
    House29 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • Your description would suggest some form of panniculitis, or inflammation of the adipose tissues. Erythema Nodosum would be an example of panniculitis, but skin lesions are often noted, whereas you appear to have little or none. It may be worth your doctor's time to perform a punch biopsy in order to determine causal factors. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
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