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Left lower leg Undiagnosed

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 27, 2006
  • 07:52 PM

I came back from Jamaica and awoke the next day and my legs were swollen - especially the left. Called the dr who saw me and said it is probably a reaction to the many tiny flea bites on my leg...He told me to continue to exercise and don't worry about it. (at this time it didn't hurt) 2 weeks later (after 2 weeks of walking on treadmill for an hour 4 days a week and lifting weights the other days) my left leg hurt down the front of my shin sooo bad. The swelling went down totally but the pain was intense. It would get ******n the front and side of the muscle by my shin if I sit or walk or stand. If I lay down any which way or have my leg flat next to me (not elevated high), it goes away. I had 2 episodes where I was on it longer then 2 hours and it swelled and turned black and blue on the left leg and then went away once I laid down. It also shrunk b/c I couldn't do anything those 2 months and nothing helped the pain. 4 months later - no closer to diagnosing it. It is now better (I no longer have to limp) sometimes and if I wear a compression stocking, I can sit and walk (though I still feel it a little) but the muscles aren't hard at all. I have had MRI's of leg and back, CT scan's of abdominal, pelvic, and leg, blood work, nerve and muscle testing, etc. I have seen Orthopedic, rheumatory, nerve, vasular doctors. I am currently in Physical Therapy due to weakness in dorsiflexors, ankles, etc. They claim my clf muscle is extremely tight. Very frustrating b/c they have no clue why when I sit I get the symptoms and it is only in my left lower front/lateral leg. They say my circulation, veins, arteries, and lymphatic systems are perfect. My hisband thinks my legs swelled from Jamaica and then I overdid it exercising (I have done this exercising for 10+ years and I never stretch my legs)......Any advice or reason compression stockings help my muscle/tendon when it isn't circulation???
PS Though it is getting a little better (still can't sit for long nor walk alot w/o the tightness), I now get tingling in my lower foot. Chiropractor thinks I have nerve pinching thought my results from the nerve doctor say they are fine...

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