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Unexplained Leg pain and numbness

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  • Posted By: beckiratch
  • June 3, 2009
  • 08:35 PM

I am writing about my father, a 71 year old male with high blood pressure. He is crippled by a constant pain in his right leg. Above the knee he has a very deep pain in his thigh that is constant - he calls it a constant ache. Below the knee he has leg numbness, sometimes a stabbing pain, and a burning sensation. He says that it feels like a sunburn if you touch his skin below the knee. He has had it for six months and has been to a neurologist and pain management with no help. Today he saw a specialist two hours away and the guy had no idea. He says his spine looks fine and MRI of his leg and spine and CAT scans show nothing. I don't know where to go from here- he is so depressed and I am not sure how to research this to try to find answers. I would appreciate anyone's help.

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  • Hi if they did an MRI and CT Scan usually this shows problems of spine what will explain his symptoms, how about an ultra sound. This will pick up flows of blood into the blood cells so if it is running normally, it might be a small clot call thrombophlebitis which also has these symptoms - this happens when the blood moves sluggishly through the vein and develops a small clot or blockage which is VERY VERY painful, depending on how bad it is a blood thinner may be recommended.Obviously it is not for me to say his symptoms do amount to this condition - but I had similar symptoms but in the calf and I had to take blood thinners - all of this was due to lack of mobility due to back problem so one thing led to another - but it may be worth asking GP for an ultra sound, this picks up "other things" that MRI and CT's dont
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  • I am writing about my father, a 71 year old male with high blood pressure. He is crippled by a constant pain in his right leg. Above the knee he has a very deep pain in his thigh that is constant - he calls it a constant ache. Below the knee he has leg numbness, sometimes a stabbing pain, and a burning sensation. He says that it feels like a sunburn if you touch his skin below the knee. He has had it for six months and has been to a neurologist and pain management with no help. Today he saw a specialist two hours away and the guy had no idea. He says his spine looks fine and MRI of his leg and spine and CAT scans show nothing. I don't know where to go from here- he is so depressed and I am not sure how to research this to try to find answers. I would appreciate anyone's help.The two things he needs to be tested for is vitamin D3 and b12. Both of these can cause the pins and needles and pain in the legs.
    portraitn 13 Replies
    • August 15, 2009
    • 08:09 PM
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  • My name is crystal,im 25 years old and im going trough the exact same thing.me left leg in the hip area is constantly hurting and i experience the burning and tingling sensations as well.ive been to an orthepedic surgeon and a nuerologist and they both said my xrays and mri's look fine but something is obviously wrong.i have no idea where to go from here.i can barely walk and im out of work because of this.if you have any answers at all i would be grateful to hear them.thankyou!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 23, 2009
    • 07:07 PM
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  • I am 45 years old and have the same symptoms. It started as a small numb spot on the side of my left thigh just above my knee. It was about the size of a silver dollar. Over the past three years, and many tests, I still don't have any answers. It has now progressed to be 2/3rds of the way up my leg and wraps around to the middle on the front and the full side of my thight. At first there was no pain at all. Not to the touch and no interference with mobility. In the past few weeks, It now burns and is constantly painful, more to the touch, but now and again, those sharp stabbing pains will wake me from my sleep. All of the tests have come back normal. MRI's, CT, Ultrasound, and a shock test to determine if there is any interference with the muscles. I had given up in the summer and resigned myself to the fact that its' probably just a pinched nerve, but can a pinched nerve cause all the pain and burning? At first it was just topical, but now it seems to be much more.Looking for some help.....
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 8, 2010
    • 00:26 AM
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  • If these problems are still happening to your father, please research Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Apparently the condition is often missed, and it seems many others on this site have similar symptoms. Two good sites to search, among others, are mayoclinic.org and ninds.nih.gov. Best of luck.
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