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severe leg pain

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  • Posted By: Hunter Fisher
  • February 14, 2009
  • 03:48 AM

I am a active 67 year old male that has been given a clean bill of health, yet for the past 6 months i have been experiencing severe leg pain that tends roam my lower torso going from calf to thigh to buttox, leg to leg in no specific order. it changes its local every 5-8 days. it is extremely sensitive to pressure and often the skin in the affected area is slightly red. once the pain affected my right shoulder near the back of my armpit, but this was the only time it has roamed beyond the lower half of my body. i have had many, many blood tests, an ultra sound and a CT scan. Nothing! I live in small community in northern Canada and we don't have a large pool of doctors or specialists to choose from. my next option would be to travel 9 hours to a major city to try and get to a larger hospital but i have limited funds. if you have known anyone with these symptoms or have any idea what might be the cause it would be greatly appreciated. I would like to keep pushing the grass down for a while longer, not up!! :)

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  • I'm sorry to hear of your pains, I sincerely hope that you have already gotten an answer-well the correct answer. As I read your post a few thoughts & questions came to mind: Has your Sciatic nerve been checked? Could be iliopsoas muscle. Does the pain seem to start in your lower back/hip area? Could be sharp stabbing pains, achenes, heaviness possible to have spasms as well. If you are noticing swelling and muscle pain that seem to trigger pains you might try an anti-inflammatory medication like Aleve or Motrin. Have you tried ice or heat? Any results? exercises for low back/hip areas: Side stepping one way 5-6 steps about 8-9 inches off ground & then repeat on the other side. Repeat 2-3 times. Try to work this into your day, it will help strengthen your core muscles in your hips & this should help relieve the pressure that is causing your symptoms. Also when lying on your back, on a flat surface (bed/floor) place both feet on bed/floor with knees bent, lift your bottom up-you'll feel it in your lower back /hip area. Try to hold this position for the count of 5 then relax, repeat 8-10 times 2-3 times a day.This will help strengthen your muscles & improve blood/oxygen flow in the muscles in your belly, hips & low back which will decrease your pain. I wish you well & I hope this has been helpful. Take care Becca318
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  • With the sort of pain distribution you describe, together with the characterization of the symptoms, we want to be concerned about things like intermittent claudication, a disease wherein blood flow is restricted on a rather transient basis and grows worse with time. There is also a condition known as neurogenic claudication and the two are hard to distinguish. I would ask whether the pain occurs primarily when walking or does it come about spontaneously at rest as well? If the pain occurs primarily when walking, is it relieved after resting? With regard to the ultrasound and CT, which areas of the body did these tests focus upon? If you have copies of your test results and lab studies and wish to post them, I'll be glad to take a look and discuss the results with you. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
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