About 5 years ago I fell off a horse, landed square between my eyes and flipped over my neck onto my back, crushing my neck backwards. I received minor/moderate concussion and a don't remember much of what happened after, cracking my riding helmet in the process.
A year and a half/two years on, one night my legs flared up and were itching horribly around my ankles/feet/toes. This carried on for about a year and a half, with my doc diagnosing it as dermatitis. However the treatment he gave me was absolutely useless, and I was a little skeptical that it was a sin condition due to there being absolutely no physical symptoms. The itching was worse in the evenings or when I was sitting/lying down and I found nothing that could alleviate the symptoms. My friend suggested that it could be RLS.
After about a year and a half I started to get intense aching pain in my shins in the evening. This didn't worsen when I moved around but did make it uncomfortable. While the itching has currently stopped this horrible deep ache continues to bother me most days, but now also affects my knees a lot more, and not only in the evening but during the day-time as well. The doctor recently diagnosed it as GROWING PAINS. I'm 17, and they occur at any time. Often during the middle of class. The only thing that helps the pain a little is 2 ibuprofen, and there's no swelling.
I have also experienced some jolting of my leg when sitting down. Similarly I have experienced numbness and tingling in my feet when lying or sitting - but both of these aren't often. Perhaps one or two occurrences a week. I also get pins and needles very easily, sometimes by just sitting. And sometimes when I ride my horse, I loose the feeling in one of my legs and have incredible leg/ankle weakness until I rest it (however I'm aware this could be due to something else entirely)
Finally, I often get an intense shooting pain in my hip/s, often my right hip. The shooting pain originates in my hip joint/just above and shoots down to my thigh but is more painful in the hip joint - this completely hinders walking and I often walk with a limp when I have it. I always call it a "trapped nerve" and thought that it was a common thing to have until I asked a few of my friends and they said they've never heard of it. Sometimes it's difficult to lay down on my back because of the shooting pain - and I can't stop the pain unless I bend me knee - however it subsides in it's own time.
I was wondering if any or all of these symptoms could be caused by a possible back injury as a result of my fall 5 or so years ago?
However, my symptoms only started about 2 years (tops) after the accident. On the other hand it seems to be getting worse and more frequent, so I need to do something about this!
After asking two other people they recommended ct/MRI scans as it could be a result of a herniated disk.
Any thoughts? I'm 17 and really can't be dealing with this much constant pain.