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leg pain

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  • Posted By: dw-sunshine
  • May 12, 2007
  • 10:48 PM

i am writing for my 72 year old aunt who has developed crippling leg pain. it started 2 months ago - pain shooting up the outside of her calf all the way to the hip at times. she is not able to walk more than a half of a block without sitting down for a few minutes to help the pain subside enough to walk just a little further before sitting down again. this is a woman who has never driven a car - could walk for miles, even at her age, and now can't make it down the whole block without unbearable pain. she feels like her life is over. she lives on the fourth floor of an apartment building, yet remarkably the stairs don't cause any pain. she has been to the doctor who "can't find anything wrong" with her. nothing even appeared on the MRI. the pain medication, even aleve, tylenol, and advil cause severe hives all over her body, which never happened before this leg pain. anyone ever hear of anything like this before? i feel so sorry for her. she is such a wonderful and loving woman and i wish i could help her in some way. any advise would be appreciated. thank you.

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  • One of the most common sources of leg pain is from the back. Often times a herniated disc or other back problems such as nerve impingment can cause leg pain. A MRI even if it was done of the back would not show a nerve problem. You may have a back problem with no back pain that causes severe back pain. Research L4-L5 disc problems the pattern of pain sounds like what comes from that level. A neurosurgeon would be the Dr. of choice to evaluate. Good Luck!
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  • thank you so much for your response. i will pass this information on to her and continue to pray that she finds some relief.
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  • OMG-I cannot believe your aunt has the same symptoms I have. I am 53 yrs old and cannot walk. -unless I use a devise like a walker or crutches, I CAN'T WALK! It scares me to think that I may never get better, or worse yet, wind up in a wheelchair.I can tell you the pain I have now is nothing like the pain I suffered before I had my back surgery (fusion w/laminectomy & instrumentation). And, I never had to use a cane or crutches or a walker because I knew that once I took my pain meds, it would get better and it did. But this pain is totally different from the pain you get when you have back pain that refers into your leg. I have had numerous xrays, ct scans and mri's on my back, hips, knees, and feet. And I've had EMG/NCS studies (which tell you if you have nerve damage) in my hands which show I do have CTS but when they did the legs, it turned out normal. I've been dx'd w/osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease in all my joints and osteoporosis in my back and hips. I can't walk from my couch to my tv without my crutch.I'm now using crutches. It's very difficult using 2 crutches but my doc has ordered me off my feet as much as possible and I'm not one to lie in bed all day, so I manage ok on short trips. If you have any questions about your aunt please let me know. And tell her to keep going. My doc told me it's good that I do still keep going (moderately though) cuz otherwise he's afraid I'll lose my ability to walk completely if I do stop trying.
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  • i am so sorry for you - so young to have such a debilitating condition. i will include you in my prayers. i just had a folding cane/seat delivered to my aunt so she can at least get out and attempt to walk around. it made her happy. i hop it helps her. thank you for your reply. it's nice to know there are still people out there that care about other people.
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