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Seeking advice on chronic pain, before consultation Jan 2016

Joseph-65JJoseph-65 Posts: 1
edited 12/06/2015 - 2:56 PM in New Member Introductions
I'm joseph, and 50 years old, over the last 7 years have had constant pain in my right leg, now my gp told me it would be a trapped nerve, and suggested some exercise, but due the my work, don't really get the time to do this

The type of pain I would get in my right leg, wouldn't be painful, more of a discomfort, symptoms consisted of: feeling of stones in my shoes, very sharp stabbing pains in my big toe, toes and ball of foot I get a throbbing pain, foot would feel swollen and sore most of the time, calf and thigh muscles sore, and thigh muscle very sensitive to touch, painful

Friends and family have notice I kind of limp, and if I go to the gym I have notice my right leg has muscle wastage, and I even feel my right shoe is loose compared to my left shoe

For the last 7 years I have not been to bother with the problem with my right legs, I just got on with my daily routine, but over the last 12-18 months I have notice other shuttle changes, which might not be related to any trapped nerves but would be good if anyone could help and advise myself on this; I now have a consultation in Jan 2016, because of changes in my health, be it related to the trapped nerve

I'm now getting additional pain round my right hip, and abdominal, the pain on my right hip feels like a pulling pain, and if I have been sitting down for 20-30 min's and stand up, it feels like my back muscles have weekend, so its now taking a lot of effort for me to stand up fully.

The other pain I have been getting is in my right arm, and the pain located around my elbow, I don't even lift anything heavy, which my gp had asked me, and the pain here is muscular and joint pain, I don't take anything for the pain as it moderate pain

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    It may benefit you to use the search on this site, upper right on page.

    Type in about..ex: preparing for doctor's appointment, and or consultation, and or pain management consultation.
    Typing in your concerns should lead you to the threads Spine-health has put out there for guidance, and also, helpful posts from members.

    Also, using the search, there may be article or videos that you would be led to and learn from.
    I find many times during my search, I find I have more questions for doctor which I jot down to bring to appointment.

    As you stated your friend's observations of you, I would mention that to doctor as well.
    At times I have brought along a family member or friend to help me in understanding all doctor has to say.
    They usually took some notes so I could recall later.

    I also gave them permission to ask their own questions, as they may remember something that I put on the back burner, or they may be reminded of other things they've noticed that I'm unaware of.
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