chronic leg pain

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Cameran
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   Posted 3/29/2009 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had horrible leg pains since i was 6 or 7 years old. It seems to coincide with when my feet are cold. I've tried every painkiller available and nothing has helped. The pain feels like its bone deap and just radiates from the balls of my feet to my hips. it can last anywhere from a few minutes to days. Sometimes i even get the pains in my arms.  cry   
I have tried calcium supplements and herbs to help circulation.
 
Has anyone ever experienced this?
 
I would love some advice!

Post Tramatic Stress Disorder, Chronic Depression, Severe Anxiety


PAlady
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   Posted 3/29/2009 11:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Cameran,
I wanted to welcome you to the chronic pain forum of Healing Well. We're always sorry to find another person in pain, but this is a great support group for all of us CPP's.

Everyone here has a variety of pain, although it sounds like at least some of your pain is nerve-related. But you started so young. Please remember we're not doctors here, but can offer support, and share our experiences.

What have your doctors said? If you haven't had a thorough evaluation by specialists, that's where I'd suggest starting. You need to have someone help you find the cause(s) for your pain, and then hopefully see what your treatment options are.

Feel free to share more about yourself, and join in on any of our other threads.

Again, welcome.

PaLady

uniquelyme
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   Posted 3/30/2009 5:56 AM (GMT -7)   
PAlady,
You never cease to amaze me...Even with your own problems you still find the time to talk to the people in pain..You deserve a medal...or at least one day of being pain free.. As your reward.

Keep it up.
Me.
 
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Tony McGuire
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   Posted 3/30/2009 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome, Cameran. As will likely be said multiple times in various ways - glad to meet you, but sorry for the reason that brings you here.

I agree with CPLady. (a little license, sorry)

That sounds like nerve damage. I have 3 of the 4 major nerves that serve the lower legs and feet that are damaged/destroyed, and what you describe is kinda sorta like what I've dealt with over time.

When it is hurting, does it actually hurt more when you walk on it? Or is it almost like the pain ignores what is going on around it and stays the same?
Does squeezing your foot or whatever is hurting make the hurt change?

Does it feel like pins & needles?
Or fire radiating up?
Or someone beating on the soles of your feet?
Or old bruises that still hurt real bad?

Have you seen an actual doctor? If so, what did the doctor say? Have you been prescribed anything?

I think there are a lot of things that could fill the bill here. How about a bit more detail of what is happening with you and your pain?


(Edit: Added 'destroyed'.)
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Post Edited (TonyMcGuire) : 3/30/2009 10:48:04 AM (GMT-6)


Jules22871
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   Posted 3/30/2009 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Glad to meet you but really sorry for the reason. I have some nerve damage/pain myself so I can sympathize with you. I can't tell you what is going on but I can tell you that you can find some wonderful support here. The people here are really great! I hope you start feeling better soon!
Thirteen surgeries from motorcycle wreck. Reconstructed right pelvis, DJD left hip, trochanteric bursitis left hip, screws in knee, metal plates on right pelvis, spinal fusion to reattach right pelvis, metal plates right tibia and fibula, metal plates needs replaced on tibia, cannot walk without crutches, drop foot, nerve damage and pain, HTN, tachycardia, delayed sleep phase syndrome, PTSD, chronic atelactesis
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Cameran
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   Posted 3/30/2009 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
wow thank you so much for such a quick response! i'm so used to people brushing me off!

Unfortunately i dont have insurance. I just started going to a new Doctor today who specializes in Internal medicine AND Phsychiatry. He ordered some blood work that i'll be getting in the next few weeks.

He prescribed me levodopa for restless legs which i've read is also for Parkinsons tremors. Usually when i'm trying to get to sleep i will jiggle my legs or toes but i think that has more to do with family tradition than pain.



"When it is hurting, does it actually hurt more when you walk on it? it hurts more to walk on it. i tested this out the other night when i decided to head to wal mart and "walk it off" it was horrible, when i got home i just immediately layed down because i was in so much pain.


Does squeezing your foot or whatever is hurting make the hurt change? Its funny you ask that because the one thing that makes it feel somewhat better is rubbing the soles of my feet. its like i can massage the pain all the way back up into my hips. but as soon as i stop rubbing them the pain is back.

Does it feel like pins & needles? not really. its more like just radiating pain. sometimes its sorta tingly so maybe a little i'm really not sure
Or fire radiating up? yep, it definitely feels like my legs are on fire

and yeah it does feel like old bruises. like if i rub them i get the same sensation as when i have a bruise


thank you sooo much for your responses!
Post Tramatic Stress Disorder, Chronic Depression, Severe Anxiety, Chronic Leg and Arm Pain, Early Menopause (i'm 23), Calcium Deficient, and Migraines.
 
 


Chutz
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   Posted 3/30/2009 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Cameron and welcome!

You have already gotten some of our expert advice around here...these guys are good. I just tag along and enjoy greeting people. I too suffer from nerve damage that radiates down my legs. Sitting is murder! It pinches the nerves even more and makes the pain unbearable.

One thing to consider if you don't have insurance is getting some help with that problem. I see you're in Alabama. Here is a link to your state sponsored health insurance. You can get insured through the state no matter what income you have. http://healthinsurance.alabama.gov/emp_unins.htm

If for some reason they don't get moving on it then call your local Red Cross...or if it's easier just call them first. They will put you in touch with the state programs so you can get some insurance. At least this way you will get better treatment and faster. It sounds like you desperately need some help with pain control and then to find what the real cause of the pain is.

Good luck and please keep us posted. The people here really DO care!
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Jules22871
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   Posted 3/30/2009 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
"Does squeezing your foot or whatever is hurting make the hurt change? Its funny you ask that because the one thing that makes it feel somewhat better is rubbing the soles of my feet. its like i can massage the pain all the way back up into my hips. but as soon as i stop rubbing them the pain is back."

This reminded me of something. I have really bad nerve damage from my accident in my right leg. After my first pelvic reconstruction, for some crazy reason, the nerve pain in my lower leg and foot reared it's ugly head and I mean it was awful. The only relief I go was when my hubby would rub my foot. But like you, as soon as he stopped the pain was back. He went and bought a couple of those battery powered neck massages, the ones that are flexible and wrap around your neck, from WalMart. He would put those around my foot and I would get hours of relief until we had to change out the batteries. Might be something to look into.
Thirteen surgeries from motorcycle wreck. Reconstructed right pelvis, DJD left hip, trochanteric bursitis left hip, screws in knee, metal plates on right pelvis, spinal fusion to reattach right pelvis, metal plates right tibia and fibula, metal plates needs replaced on tibia, cannot walk without crutches, drop foot, nerve damage and pain, HTN, tachycardia, delayed sleep phase syndrome, PTSD, chronic atelactesis
Wonderful husband, 3 awesome children that are grown but still take care of me. Two dogs, Buddy- Cardigan Welsh Corgi/Borner Collie mic, Crash- Yorkie, 1 psychotic cat, Precious, 1 anti-social cat, Prissy.


PAlady
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   Posted 3/30/2009 9:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Cameron,
It may be disrupting the sensation helps - similar to what TENS units do. You might try something like that, or ask a physical therapist to try it.

PaLady
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