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Continuous pain in left leg

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  • Posted By: MTNUTHOUSE
  • March 9, 2009
  • 04:17 PM

I have been experiencing a number of symptoms in my left leg for about five years now. I have seen three neurologists, two family doctors, two bone specialists, and a chiropractor. I have Multiple Sclerosis (MS) so this is where it gets frustrating. The two bone specialists and one family doctor say it is due to my MS. The deciding factor here is that the bones and muscle are good with some arthritis and muscle weakness. They say I might have a lesion in my lumbar spine causing this. The three neurologists say it's not due to my MS. The deciding factor here is that the symptoms are unilateral and not bi-lateral and claim that a lesion would not be found in the lumbar spine because the spinal cord stops before your lumbar spine starts. They also state that although I have four new lesions in the past two years in my brain that all lesions at this time are inactive. The other two are undecided. My chiropractor says it's crazy that I should have to live in pain. My new family doctor is willing to look for an answer but admits it's way out off his league. The pain originally started in my left knee and hip. Leg would swell so bad it felt like it was going to bend the wrong way. It now starts in my left foot on the outside and bottom,( which I was told MRI showed a lot of inflammation) travels up the back of my leg through my hip and stops somewhere around my left kidney. My leg swells without warning at all times of the day. I sometimes am awakened in the middle of the night because the swelling cases me so much pain. My calf is rock hard and my hamstring feels really tight. The majority of the time when I walk I don't bend my left leg. Ironically I have no back pain. Have had MRI'S on my foot, hip, and lumbar back. My leg hurts constantly with pain, numbness, swelling, and a sensation problem of hot feels cold -cold feels hot and sensitivity issues. Have had x-rays on entire leg. Have had numerous blood tests. Had an arterial scan to check for blood clots. All tests come back negative or with minimal findings but not enough to explain the pain. Medication does not seem to help and the one that did left me incapacitate. I always hear there is a lot of swelling and it's obvious your in pain. They run a test and when they don't get any definite answer they give up or recommend me to someone else. Then the doctors argue about why that doctors is wrong and why his findings have no supporting evidence to his diagnosis. Really frustrated. Would greatly appreciate any input.

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