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Red, hot to the touch splothches

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  • Posted By: KellyDee
  • December 22, 2009
  • 01:35 AM

I'm a 20 year old female. I used to be very active, I had a horse and rode everyday and played field hockey. I never had pains and never got sick. When my mom made me sell my horse, I became very inactive and out of shape. About 2 years after that is when my pains started.

I'm 5'3 and weight about 115. I try to jog occasionally, and I take long walks too.

I have many medical mysteries, and no one can figure out any. One problem I have, which I've had for years, is a problem surrounding my knees and sometimes down to my ankles.

When I stand in the shower, stand at work, go for a walk or jog, or sometimes just at random, my knees get red splotches on them, almost like a leopard print. My skin is bright red and hot to the touch. It is also painful to bend my knee when this redness flares up. Most of the redness surrounds my knees and spreads about halfway up my thighs. Sometimes the "leopard print" red spots go down to my ankles.

Also after walking or jogging, my feet are always pretty swollen. The weird thing is this doesn't happen continually. It will happen for months at a time, then not happen at all. My doctor tried to blame it on rheinoids (sp?) disease, but it happens all year round, not just in the cold. My fingers and feet do go numb in the winter, normally one to two fingers or toes at a time turn bright white and really painful then after a little while they will get normal again. So he thinks I definitely have rheniods, but my leg redness can't be from that.

Both my doctors also think it could be a nerve thing. I've had chest pain for a couple of years. No one can figure that out, and I've been given the answer it could be just tight muscles or acid reflux... neither which have been proven. All blood tests, xrays, EKGs have come back normal. I also occasionally get distorted vision in one eye, and I only catch it happening at night. It's like a brown tint comes over my eye. I also get neck pain around my glands and jaw pain.

I don't see how all this pain could be related to red knees. Anyone know??

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  • I don't know about the pain, but I also get the red splotches that are very hot to the touch on my legs, mostly around my knees. It was kind of embarrassing today as I was walking around in shorts and my knees were so red! It normally only happens when I am active, walking around or exercising.It's a mystery to me to, but just letting you know you're not alone.
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  • I've been having problems with areas of my skin turning red and hot to the touch as well. When I stand my knees usually turn purple or really red as well. I think it most likely has to do with circulation. As per your chest pain and such with no answers I also have been dealing with the same thing it seems to be anxiety. There's no other answer for it after numerous ekgs and blood tests. I think the inactivity leads to a higher anxiety level because I became very inactive last year due to depression and am having a really hard time recovering from it. But you are not alone in this at all. Keep strong.
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