Hi, I am having a problem with some swelling in my left calf. To start from the beginning, I was born with hip dysplasia in my left hip, I had corrective surgery which left my left leg an inch shorter than the right. At some point (within the next 2 or 3 years most likely) I will have to have the left hip replaced. In the last 4 years I have had a two disc fusion on the two lowest discs in my back, the disc right about the fusion was replaced with an artificial disc, and I have had the hardware from the fusion removed.
About a year ago I began to have some pain and swelling in my left calf. It comes and goes, every other day or so. I have had an untrasound, so I know it is not a blood clot, or some sort of vein problem in my leg. I have also noticed that this calf bruises very easily, I won't even notice that I have bumped it, and suddenly have a large bruise.
The only think that seems to relieve it is elevating the leg and/or wrapping it with an Ace bandage.
Does anyone have any ideas? Could this have something to do with the bad hip?