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caligirl2001
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   Posted 6/26/2010 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Over the last year, I have had several instances of shooting pains in my legs. But they seem to be getting more frequent, and frankly, they are starting to scare me because it isn't just pain any more. Twice this week, I have nearly fallen because of it. Every time it happens, I have kind of dismissed it as maybe I was sitting in a weird position. I stand up and start to walk, and I get a shooting pain from my hip to my knee on the right side (not sciatica - it starts in the front, not the back, and I have had sciatica and know what that feels like) and my leg feels like it is collapsing out from under me- no strength at all. once I can put weight on it again, it is extremely painful and I'm limping like you wouldn't believe.

Today, I know I wasn't sitting in an odd position. I have been fine all day, moving around, up and down the stairs as needed. I had been resting because I'm not feeling well - nasty summer cold, and stood up to go downstairs again, and I almost fell. Half way down the stairs, my leg just started to collapse out from under me, with that same shooting pain. No warning, no reason at all. It is the same thing that happened on Monday. It is still throbbing. It alternates from feeling like a hot poker, to feeling like ice. Either way, it is very painful and unpleasant. Does this sound like something I should be concerned with? Or is is just par for the course and add it to the list of all the other crappy pains that go with fibro and I should stop letting my anxiety get the best of me?
Fibromyalgia, High BP, Migraines, anxiety
Current medications: Topamax, Maxalt, Lotrel, Wellbutrin


Alcie
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   Posted 6/26/2010 3:15 PM (GMT -7)   
There are more nerves coming from the lumbar spine. Your problem could be the femoral nerve.

I always look up all my meds to see if there is any possibility of interaction or serotonin syndrome.
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sotiredoffibro
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   Posted 6/26/2010 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
having lived with fibro for many years I know that we have a tendancy to think of all pains as part of the fibro. Sometimes though there is a totaly different reason for the pain and I think this might be one of those times. Please go in and have yourself checked out by a dr. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
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Shirley

getting by
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   Posted 6/26/2010 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
When your leg collapses, does it feel like it is in your knee at all? My husband was having this and he stressed a ligament in his knee. It would go backwards and he would fall. Other than that femeral nerve that Alcie mentioned could be it, I really have no clue. It doesn't really sound like fibro, but who knows, there is so much that is fibro related.

I hope that this gets better for you.

Hugs, Karen
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caligirl2001
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   Posted 6/26/2010 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Alcie, I am careful about my meds and always check for interactions as well. I looked at the femoral nerve symptoms. I suppose it could be, but I don't really meet any of the causes of it that I can tell, unless it is unknown and internal. I just had a pelvic ultrasound a month ago, and i suppose if there had been anything tumor like in there then, they probably would have found it.

Shirley, thanks. Yes, it is easy to blame it all on fibro.

Karen, No, it doesn't feel like my knee. The pain definitely is starting in my hip area, shooting down to the knee.

I have a follow up appointment on Monday with my neurologist's PA for my migraines. I probably ought to tell her about this and let them decide if it is significant or not. I'm just so used to being in pain all the time, I usually ignore it unless it is constant for several days in a row, gets progressively worse or is so bad I can't function. I've been up and down the stairs since, and it didn't repeat. My whole leg and calf feels like it is tingling and twitching but the pain is still there between my hip and knee.

Thanks for the replies! It helps sometimes just to have someone to talk to.
Fibromyalgia, High BP, Migraines, anxiety
Current medications: Topamax, Maxalt, Lotrel, Wellbutrin


Alcie
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   Posted 6/27/2010 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Tingling or numbness is always a pinched nerve, says my radiologist. For side effects of drugs I look at the askapatient website, but take it with a grain of salt.
Alcie
 
 


caligirl2001
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   Posted 6/27/2010 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Alcie, yes i agree that is usually the case. I am on topamax for my migraines and a side effect is numbness and tingling though, so at the moment I can't trust that it is always a pinched nerve. I've dealt with numbness in some areas for a long time since I broke my back as a teenager, so I'm used to it on some level, it's just the shooting pain that is new. The leg thing hasn't happened again since yesterday, but I will mention it tomorrow when I go to my neurologist appointment. Thanks for the ideas and feedback! :) I will check the askapatient site.
Fibromyalgia, High BP, Migraines, anxiety
Current medications: Topamax, Maxalt, Lotrel, Wellbutrin


Acheybody
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   Posted 6/27/2010 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
My mom had a lot of weird stuff like that, zaps and pain here and there, and eventually was diagnosed with spinal stenosis. So I think you should mention it to the doctor, for sure. Maybe get an MRI of your spine? (Not always so easy, I know.)
  Achey 
 
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getting by
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   Posted 6/27/2010 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
If you broke your back as a teenager, I wouldn't be surprised if you have other things go on too. The nervous system is complex and you never know what part of the body it is going to effect. Like an old football injury or something. It doesn't bother you for a long time, but years later something comes up.

I hope that you feel better soon.

Hugs, Karen
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Alcie
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   Posted 6/28/2010 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
The broken back has to eventually give you arthritis, which ends up pinching nerves. I flipped a jeep over 25 years ago and was thrown out on my back. Back then they didn't even do x-rays! I was flat on my back on the floor for 6 weeks. Now I have all sorts of arthritis which pinches nerves, getting worse each year. My MRIs show all sorts of scoliosis, tipped pelvis, bulging discs ...

MRI is a really good tool to see exactly where the pinching originates. I got by with injections for a while, but nothing is working now.
Alcie
 
 

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