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cronic leg pain help!!!!

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  • Posted By: dinkidi
  • October 8, 2007
  • 08:44 PM

hi there, i get really bad pains in the top of my left thigh. It's really hard to describe it's like someone is pushing down on my leg so hard that it is going to come off. I get this when i stand up and walking. No pain when sitting. I also have had pains in my stomach/back (also another weird pain to describe like in the middle of em both) this is when i breath in and out. Dont have this all the time tho. Don't even know if these pains are related!! It's getting quite difficult just to walk normal the pain can be excruiciating. I have been docs but they gave me pain killers, a sick note and didn't even check my leg. Something must be wrong for it still to be hurting. Any ideas please or any advice please!! thanks. :(

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  • It has been a while since you posted your questin, but I will try to reply anyway. There is a condition called May-Thurner syndrome. It is when the right iliac artery compresses the left iliac vein against the spine. This causes the blood to congest in the left leg because it can not normally pass the compression on its way back to the heart. It dos not necessarily results in the pain at the compression site (if it does it gives a lower back pain), most often it causes pain or swelling or both in the left leg. This condition is vastly underdiagnosed. It is impossible to discover with ultrasound and even difficult to discover with venography (phlebography). The only sure way to discover it is by means of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) where the probe is inside the vein. The best research has been done by Neglén and Raju in Jackson, Miss. The treatment is to put a stent inside the vein at the site of the compression. The typical patient is a young – middle-aged woman, previously healthy where the doctors have not found other explanation for the symptoms. Could this possibly help? The best of luck!S
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