I have trouble walking. My leg muscles are stiff, heavy and hard to move. They are very sore too. I have severe muscle stiffness in the mornings, and after sitting. It is very hard to move for a few minutes. I walk with a stiff, heavy gait. It is hard to lift my legs, they are SO heavy and stiff and sore! And I can not stand too long (about 20 minutes, tops!) This has gotten progressively worse, in the last year. My present doctor is retiring, and he did not diagnose me. He sent me to a physical therapist, and hoped she would figure it out. The only tests that were abnormal were an ANA by EIA test method, which was low positive. Also an MRI showed multi-level degenerative disc disease, but the doctor said he did not think it was causing my symptoms. At my appointment with the physical therapist, she said I was 46% disabled, but DID NOT KNOW WHY!!! I could not walk on my toes, or do any squats at all, and I could not stand on one leg. My whole upper back is stiff, and I could not get up off the examining table. Do I need to see a neurologist, or a spine doctor? Could I have nerve damage? I also get rashes on my chest every day , in the evenings. They look pale purple and itch. The rash lasts less than an hour and ALWAYS comes in the evening, or when I take a bath and the room is steamy! The doctor never saw it, because it does not appear in the day! I think I have some sort of systemic disease. And, I am 1/1/2 inches shorter than in 2003. Because the paper from my visits shows 5"5" in 2003, and 5' 3 1/2" in 2007! I am a female-age 55.Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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