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severe leg pain in knee and thigh

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  • Posted By: natalie79ca
  • March 10, 2011
  • 10:48 PM

I have a severe pain the runs from my hip to my knee on the outside of my left leg, also numbing pain in my calf. The pain almost feels like pulling of the tendon in opposite directions. It is intensified after rest periods, and as long as i keep moving it is not as severe. Please help I can't deal with it anymore, I have to constantly take pain relievers to make it through the day. It was no an injury, but I do alot of walking back and forth and piviting in my daily work.
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  • I have a severe pain the runs from my hip to my knee on the outside of my left leg, also numbing pain in my calf. The pain almost feels like pulling of the tendon in opposite directions. It is intensified after rest periods, and as long as i keep moving it is not as severe. Please help I can't deal with it anymore, I have to constantly take pain relievers to make it through the day. It was no an injury, but I do alot of walking back and forth and piviting in my daily work.Thank youHey Natalie!one thing that might be causing your pain is tension in a band of tendon that runs from your hip to your knee cap. There is a stretch you can try that might release some of that tightness, but the best remedy if it IS that band is a massage.First, try the stretch. remember to do it after you have been moving around, but before it begins to hurt again to avoid injury. while standing, bend your left knee and bring your left ankle to the front of your right thigh. grab it in your right hand and hold. gently relax your knee, but continue to hold your ankle. (you may need to hold on to something for balance) if that isn't enough of a stretch try one while seated. bring your left ankle up and rest it on your right thigh. place your left foot on your right forearm and lift. hug your knee to your chest with your left arm. keep your back straight. (this one can also be done standing or lying down)be gentle, don't force the stretch because you could make things worse.i hope it helps!
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  • Hi Natalie. I am new to the forum but, I have a question for you? Do you take Calcium and Vitamin D-3 at all? There have proven studies, that these are a need. I never knew this until I was diagnosed with Stage 1 Breast Cancer almost 2 year's ago now. I never avoided Calcium/Dairy products. I ate lots of cheese, Cottage Cheese, yogurt and drank lots of milk and other Calcium rich foods. However what I didn't know until I was diagnosed with BC is: Calcium does not bind to our bones, without enough Vitamin D-3. I also had never had anyone ask me: "Have you had blood work done to check your Vitamin D level?" I was asked this at my Oncologists office for the first time. When she checked this, it was almost non-existent! My Vitamin D level was an 8. A normal/healthy level they now say should be between 40-60. Google Vitamin D, this has so much to do with almost everything out there health wise. I have taken 5000 IU of Vitamin D-3 1x a day for 2 year's now and, just last month my vitamin D level finally reached 42. I also take a Calcium pill in both the AM and PM. Three years prior to my diagnosis of BC, I saw a different doctor at our clinic. He asked me: "Have you ever had a DEXA Scan/Bone Density scan done?" I said, "A what? I have never heard of it." He did this scan, which was absolutley painless and, easy actually. And this showed I had Osteoporosis Stage 3 then. I was put on Boniva for the Osteoporosis, but had another scan done 1 year later and my bone density had not improved any. I was then diagnosed with BC and, my Oncologist now has me do an infusion with a medcine called Zometa 1x per year to strengthen my bones. (My Cancer was hormone positive 100%, and I did not need to have Chemo or Radiation. However I do take a pill eveyday called Femara for my BC. A potential side affect of this is: It can weaken bone density) So my Oncologist has me do this infusion 1x per year to help strengthen my bones. At my last bone density scan, the results of my scan/T-scores had improved. In my experience doctors do not check things such as: Vitamin D levels, do DEXA/Bone Density scans as a part of any yearly physical, and these things are so terribly important to ones health. So if you have not had your Vitamin D level checked or, had a Bone Density/DEXA Scan done you may want to ask for these things to be checked/done. It amazes me how many doctors do not make these things part of a yearly physical still! So even though I was eating/drinking and taking Calcium pills for a few year's prior to my BC diagnosis, the Calcium was not bonding to my bones due to a very low Vitamin D level. A very good source of Vitamin D is direct sunlight everyday, for at least 15 minutes. However we live in the Northern hemisphere-Minnesota so we do not get a lot of sun light year round, everyday. But during our Summers June-August, I am outside in the sun at least 15 minutes a day. I also walk a lot when weather permits outside. This helps make stronger bones, and is good for strength training. During the Winter months, my daughter and I go to a gym and, use the treadmill and other exercise equipment available there. So if you have not had your Vitamin D level checked or had a Bone Density scan done, you may want to ask your doctor about doing these things. Your probably much younger than I am though...lol! I am 50+ . I also had a total right knee replacement done 4 years ago, as a result of Osteoporosis and, the Calcium not binding to my bones due to my low Vitamin D level. I don't know, if I was helpful or not but, I sure hope so. Have a good day-:)
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