I'm a 51 years old normally fit and active lady. Been reading on here for a while trying to find somebody else with symptoms or a journey like mine but still haven't? 2 MRIs, nerve tests, and consultation with neurosurgeon still can't diagnose for sure what has happened or what to do? Started with what I thought was plantar fascitis, now think was a bout of left leg sciatica in summer 2013. Bad pain shooting down back of leg, knee and painful burning sore heel. This went on until I started limping soon after and went to GP with what initially thought had been plantar but had then developed into sciatica and cramps, spasms and twitchy calf? At the time of my appointment I had weakness in my left foot, no pain, and couldn't Stand on my tiptoes anymore? GP didn't know but sent me for ultrasound of my fibroids. I mentioned I had been diagnosed with multiple ones the year before. It was discovered from that scan that They hadn't grown since my scan the year before but I had lots of them and they are quite big causing long heavy periods. I asked if possible link with foot and leg pain? GP said not possible and referred me to Podiatry in March 2014. Podiatry appointment didn't come until August 2014 but in meantime I saw a private Podiatrist who helped me with orthotics for intermittent heel pain in left foot but thought I should be having more investigations as I had no strength in my left foot. She prescribed exercises for strengthening and balance. Got a gym membership so I could use the pool and engaged a personal trainer to advise on some kind of regime whilst waiting to see hospital Podiatrist. Leg getting weaker despite regular exercise and visits to GP to explain symptoms worsening. When I eventually saw Pod they said they thought it was coming from my back? MRI ordered and had this in Oct'14. MRI showed multi level issues in lumbar region but when I saw Neurosurgeon privately in Nov'14 he said none of what he saw was relevant to my left sided symptoms? My 2 bulging discs in the lumbar region, on the right, were coincidental and he saw nothing on the left to warrant my symptoms? He suggested nerve conduction tests. I attended this and Neuro suggested I had some compression of the sciatic nerve high up where the nerve comes out and branches out so that was why I had widespread interference in my left leg mobility and muscle strength. This is now March '15 and my whole leg is now weak and my calf and thigh muscle tone is going and weak. I rely more and more on my right leg and walk with a bad limp. I explain to the Neuro in March following a second lumbar MRI that I have multiple fibroids, some growing outside the uterus and that my leg is weaker every period I have and I get sciatic episodes cyclically. She advised I get them checked. I ask my GP and he discounts this idea but I ask to be referred back to my Gynaecologist. He disagreed so I saw another GP and they referred me. This was April'15 but I discover in July after asking and asking at my surgery, because I'd had more heavy periods And fallen because my leg had by then grown so weak and given way, that my referral was lost between there and the hospital? And so I have only just in August had further MRIs of my pelvis for the Gynaecologist to ascertain the exact size and location of the fibroids and uterus to see if he may advise surgery Via laparoscopy. It is thought that if these fibroids are as big or bigger than they were before he will remove them regardless of whether they are linked to my leg pain/ weakness issues? He mentions that endometriosis may be a possibility too? Sometimes and very rarely the cells from the endometrium can migrate to other areas outside the uterus and cause inflammation on nearby structures. The sciatic nerve being one of them. When I asked my GP what his diagnosis was for me as he wasn't willing to refer me to anybodyelse for investigations, he said he thinks at some time I've had an 'event' that has damaged my sciatic nerve and it takes time to heal. I don't feel this is a full or thorough diagnosis, I don't think he knows and has no idea where to send me? All I know is that I have deteriorated in my mobility over all this time not improved at all. From seeing my GP in March 2014 no physio was ordered until after my first MRI in November 2014. I have had to push for everything that has happened and now even though I walked into his office recently on crutches since falling he still has nothing to suggest? He says he is waiting the outcome of the gynaecologists investigations next week? I have still never been referred to a back specialist and my suggestion that my gynaecologist may be able to make a link did not originally impress him. I can no longer drive my manual car and can't do my usual teaching work in school because I can't get around school quickly on my crutches with all my books and equipment so having to do other duties which obviously work cannot sustain and will need to replace me in the classroom.i love my job and the lovely active life I had with my husband and daughters but I just don't seem to matter to my doctor? I want to know if any other ladies have had back or leg weakness problems like this and also had fibroids or Am I an unusual case ? Can anybody comment? Welcome to Spine-Health
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