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Burdensome Love
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   Posted 5/7/2010 12:29 AM (GMT -6)   
It is 10:30pm and I should be in bed. I have work tomorrow, but my legs are really starting to bother me again. I know I have been out of touch for awhile and forgive me for that, but my pain really comes and goes. It is so bizarre... I still check in behind the scenes and try to offer support when I can.

Anyway... for a refresher... about a month ago I was having severe pain in my legs, mainly my calves with some swelling. I could only sleep at night if they were elevated. This lasted for several weeks then magically disappeared. In the meantime, my doctor had an ultrasound for blood clots done which came back clear. She ran some blood tests for vitamin deficiencies but I still haven't heard back from her on those and although I have e-mailed her pressing her for the results, I am surmising no news is good news.

Now I have had a new development, one where I have had a localized itching on the inside of my right calf, with no visible rash or irritation, that has come and gone and is now growing in intensity. I started putting prescription strength cortisone creme on it only for it to help for a couple of days. Now the itch seems to be resistant to the creme. In addition to the itch, my calf has begun to ache and ache again, almost feeling pressurized. The pain is going into my foot, around my ankle. I have also noticed that I have this huge divot in the muscle of my right calf that was never there before.

The itch will wake me up in my sleep and the pain makes me so uncomfortable that I can't get to sleep. I really don't know what to do. My doctor doesn't seem to have any answers. All I know is what I feel.

Do any of these symptoms sound familiar to anyone so that I might be guided in the right direction? I know it sounds weird, but I am a mixed up box of weird. I know this isn't all chronic pain related, but trust me, it all goes hand in hand.

Thank you for your thoughts and your support.

~ Burdensome Love

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   Posted 5/7/2010 4:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,

Is there any chance you could be suffering from cellulitis? It might be asking your doctor about, as some of the symptoms can include calf pain and itching.

Just a thought, but whatever it is, I hope you find relief soon!

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   Posted 5/7/2010 7:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I have no idea about the cause...but I wanted to offer a "hope you feel better soon".
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   Posted 5/7/2010 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I have to agree it sounds like the cellulitus like symptoms I have , do you have fever ? Does your leg have a pinkish hue to it and is the skin tight . I don't have fever but I have all the other symptoms , pain , tightness of skin , sometime itch and pinkish hue . They aren't sure its cellulitus but I'm being treated as if it is , with anti -biotics . I'm seeing a vascular doctor on the 10th to get his opinion . I'll let you know what he says .

HIV+ , Need hip replacement , have a cellulitus like condition on leg that is stubborn , using anti-biotics to try to get rid of but its stubborn .Started eating completley healthy juicing every day , no sugar , taking vitiamins and anti-oxidents , virigin coconut oil ,only veggies and fruits mostly , no red meat .feel better.Meds:viracept truvada,indothemicin. Pain from hip and leg use cane or rolator to walk .                                                                                                                 

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   Posted 5/7/2010 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
   Dear Burdon,
     Good morning *hugg* I am glad you stopped by. I hope you were able to eventually go to sleep. No doubt you need your rest. I am sure today will be a hard day at work for you.
     You mentioned somethins that I thought I should comment on. But, I want you to know that it is just my personal experience and it can be easily checked via an x ray.
~~>  "Now I have had a new development, one where I have had a localized itching on the inside of my right calf, with no visible rash or irritation,..."
     When I have a "deep under the skin itch" it means that, that area is degenerating.  The bones are degenerating. Nothing is able to relieve or "scratch" the "itch" except high pressured hot water spray. Nothing else will "scratch it".
     For example I felt a deep itching inbetween my shoulder blades for quite a few months last year. It never eased up. Just before they finally took Xrays of that area I had rapidly progressing pain and itching combined. The x ray showed degeneration of the spine at the exact spot that had itched for so long, before I began having pain. Another example is "deep itching" since alst fall in my neck. Just to "check and see" , my doctor ordered that x rays be taken there (its doesnt "hurt" at that spot - perhpas 3 or 4 on scale of 1-10) and it was found I am beginng degeneration there aswell. But it is deemed "mild" as of right now.
      Of course x ray is the easiest way to confirm it. But, also like others said it is also a sign of cellulitus or even the sign of a "Pinched sciatic" nerve. Reguardless I would make an appointment with your doctor to check things out. I know how frustraiting when they say that test results are negative... but, just because a test doesnt reveal th e problems doesnt mean that something isnt wrong. Follow your heart and keep pressing for your doctor to, at the very least, document the changes and test for all possible leads.
     I hope you can make it through today okay. You are probably having a very hard time at work right now, and I am so sorry your are having to deal with it all. You are in our hearts here.



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Burdensome Love
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   Posted 5/7/2010 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
God... I am in so much pain right now, I just want to cry. Some how I managed to get through work. It was a short day. I called and made an appointment for my doctor back home as I haven't been able to find a doctor up here in Santa Barbara who will treat me with an ounce of respect due to the amount of conditions I have. They just clear me for a medical emergency and send me on my way. The down side is, my appointment isn't until May 24th and I don't know if I can make it. My leg is just radiating pain right now and it seems to be localized and coming from the shin bone where the itching is off an on.

I am trying to keep it elevated and I took an ibuprofen, but it just doesn't seem like anything is working. Somebody please just shoot me with a tranquilizer.

To answer some of your some of your questions: no I have not any kind of fever with this, nor has my skin had any kind of pinkish hue in the affected area. I have had cellulitis before... and that started as a bump filling up with pus needing to be drained gradually as it was embedded well below the surface of the skin. Man was that painful. Thank goodness for Epsom salts.

With what I am experiencing now, I actually feel some sort of a hill in the bone as I run my hand over the affected area. And that is where most of the pain is stemming from, I think.

How do I get through 2 more weeks of this? I had forgotten how much pain could be so nauseating.

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   Posted 5/7/2010 11:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm so sorry that you're having such bad pain.  ((((((((((hugs)))))))))))  Wow, the 24th is a ways off.  Have you thought of going to your primary care dr. and see what he/she says about the pain?  I hope you feel better really soon.
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Burdensome Love
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   Posted 5/7/2010 11:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Loretta -

I don't have a primary doctor up here in Santa Barbara. I have only been up here for, well it will be a year in August, and every time I have been a patient at the local walk-in facility where they are mostly general practioners, they have been very rude and have not shown a very good quality of care. All of my doctors are in Orange County. My planned trip home to visit family was already from the 21st to the 24th and I managed to schedule my appointment for the day I drive home.

Trust me, I have been contemplating calling them back on Monday and possibly rescheduling for next Monday but then I think how realistic would it be for me to drive down week after week after week. I am not up for that. The driving would certainly take its toll. Ugg, this is me seriously not knowing what to do. :(

~ Burdensome Love

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   Posted 5/9/2010 12:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Burdensome Love

Is there any swelling in your leg or calf? Any color change at all in the affected leg? Does one leg feel warmer or colder than the other? Is the pain worse when you are standing or walking? Anything you do helps it feel better? I would suggest that you make a list of everything and anything that you can think of that pertains to your leg and how it feels. And take that list to your Doctors appointment! Have you tried Ice or heat on it? Does keeping your leg elevated help? Also is this all the time or just at night when you sleep, or when you are sitting does walking seem to help? Does any body in your family have RLS ( Restless Leg Syndrome)? Some of the things you describe reminds me of it!
Anyway I do wish you well and hope that you get some answers as to what it is that is causing you problems!
Good Luck to YOU!

White Beard

Burdensome Love
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   Posted 5/9/2010 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi White Beard -

I was thinking about RLS myself. I was looking at my legs this morning in the mirror and I can't seem to notice any swelling. There is no color change and there is no temperature difference. The pain worsens when I am standing... it seems to relieve itself when I am walking. Sitting is definitely a problem and then when I go to lay down for bed, it seems like the entire world has crashed down on my lower part of my leg. Keeping my leg elevated did help in the very beginning but doesn't seem to anymore. I also tried using Bengay on it. Nothing seems to touch it anymore.

This pain is pretty much all the time and it is centralized to a specific location on my shin. However, the pain is now radiating into my calf muscle and into my foot.

I appreciate the suggestions. Keep 'em coming.

~Burdensome Love
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