Rubber Band feeling around calf

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   Posted 8/20/2010 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone else have this?

It's only on one side & it feels like a rubber band is around the middle of my calf (about where trouser socks hit). It's been going on for a few months now. Epidurals do help, but I'm not gonna do them just for this stupid pain. It is painful & sometimes it feels like I'm wearing a numbing sock. Sometimes it looks like my foot & the bottom of my leg are trying to convert into a smurf. It's just so bizarre. Does anyone have any ideas? Rubbing it helps the blueness go away, but nothing seems to help with the pain or numbness, except the epidural shots.

Pain meds, NSAIDS, Tylenol, heat, ice, raising my leg up on a stack of pillows ... nothing seems to help even for a short while. My PCP thinks it's from stress (she didn't actually see it turn blue, but I have friends & co-workers who've witnessed it so I know I'm not going crazy). I am in a lot of stress right now, but I'm pretty sure this is more than that. Not saying it's something horrible, just a nuisance. I hate it when it's in pain, but it's embarrassing when I try to put weight on it but can't feel anything & fall over.

If anyone has experienced something like this, could you let me know what helps & what kind of doctor you saw to get a diagnosis?

frances :)

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   Posted 8/20/2010 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   
       Frances, it sounds like you may have a constricted flow of blood supply to that area. Maybe a clot?
   I would certianlly follow it up and not let it go. I also don't know much about Diabetic Neuropathy...could this be a possibilty as well?
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   Posted 8/20/2010 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   

When your lower leg turns bluish is it also cold? I would be very careful about rubbing it to much, especially when your lower leg turns blue, and I would definitely get some tests done. and ultra sound to check the circulation in you legs would be a good start. Becarefull with this, untill you know what is causing this to happen! Do you get charlie horses or muscle spasms in your lower leg? There are so many things that can cause stuff like this, so keep pressing your Doctor for answers!
Good Luck to you!

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   Posted 8/20/2010 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks. I have to call my PCP on Monday anyways to follow up on my thyroid results. Usually she's really good but I've just been so stressed lately so she really feels like she doesn't want to help me until I go for this experimental treatment that is supposed to cure me of my stress in 3 visits -- you can understand my skepticism.

I was checked for diabetes a few weeks ago & don't have that. And even though I have freezing cold feet, apparently I have a healthy pulse.

I don't get charlie horses or anything like that. Just feels like I'm wearing a super tight elastic band sock even with nothing on my feet at all & short shorts or a dress. Putting on a compression stocking helps a little bit, but it still hurts like the dickens. The only time the pain changes is when I'm walking up or down stairs & put some weight on that foot then it feels like a quick shooting hot pain going up my leg to my low back.

But I guess I'll just have to suck it up & make her look at my leg or else see if my podiatrist can recommend someone who can take a look at it. I've been taking a lot of Motrin lately b/c my pain meds have not been cutting it. Maybe it's connected to that. God, like I need one more thing to try to deal with right now.

Thanks for your help.

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   Posted 8/21/2010 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   


   Dear Francess,

    Good morning. It sure is good to hear from you. I hope you are resting up this morning. You have been very busy latly and deserve a chance to rest.

    I am terribly sorry to hear about your legg. It sounds very uncomfortable to say the least. I know you mentioned that you have a good pulse, but I wonder if something is happening to your blood flow going down your legg? I sure hope you and your doctor can get to the bottom of things. It sounds like it is rather painful to walk while it is happening.

    I hope you can find some time to rest today. You are of course in our hearts here.


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   Posted 11/17/2014 1:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I have this And its under investigation Ive had it for 2 years. I believe its related to a Blood flow issue as the soles of my feet are like Paper Dry and a weird empty sensation the pain goes across the trop of my Feet as well.
in my research on My related issues IE impending paralysis Circulatory issues are a very Loudly spoken issue. NO yuou arwe not going top be paralyzed. I may be however I have been aware of that for 25 years. Waiting for my broken Back to finally saw thru my Spinal chord. I have 8 T L and S section broken vertebra and NO viable disks to support them. a real nasty situation.
HOWEVER I do not eliminate the prospects of a herniated disk pressing on the nerve roots to your legs and Feet. Common VERY and Yes I have compression of the nerve roots from a dwindling end plate problems not Disk compression. the offending Disks could be L4/5 or L5/S1 the last 2 Vertebral spaces before the tail bone the Sacral ( S spine ). In all I have 15 broken vertebra C2 to C7 T10 to L5. L2 L3 and L4 are now only 30% of normal height. Thus I sincerely expect your problem to me as urgent as mine but I do urge you to discuss this with your Doctor and Let his Read my notes. GP's are not NeuroSurgeons and would normally dismiss this and test you for Diabetes and other Heart related issues. Wasting precious time. I have made it my journey to be as educated as the Best Neurosurgeons regarding MY spine as it has been a 25 year journey of pain and What to know before allowing a Total Spinal Fusion! C2 to 7 and T 10 to S1. Both parts are now Urgent. What I believe is your problem can be resolved by almost Day surgery, now In Canada its a 2 day stay iun hospital following surgery. The procedure is to trim the dish that is protruding over the nerve Perhaps momentarily removing the nerve from the cavity it normally passes thru and with a surgical drill, remove any Ostio-arthritic diseased bone. This is actually very harmless procedure compared to how it sounds from my description. you will have SURGICAL pain and that ELASTIC BAND ON your ankle will go away. Frankly the simple way to RULE this as Your problem or NOT is to have an Xray and most important a CT scan of your low Back. The results of the CT will indicate if an MNRI is Needed and just how urgently it is required. I hope I am WRONG however IF I am not I hope you will not delay in seeking Better Professional help. I am a self taught person. relating my Issue to how you describe yours.

I am new to this Group but not to chronic pain and the list opf Hells it brings.
Kind regards Peter

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   Posted 11/17/2014 10:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Peter, you have posted on an older thread that has not had any activity in over 4 years. We do ask that you not post on older threads like this as we like to keep those off of the front page. I will lock this thread at this point. Thanks
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