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jasrojjasro Posts: 224
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Chronic Pain
Claudication has become confusing to me. The discomfort I've felt with it since childhood has always been from walking or standing too long. It used to always start with the lower part of my back getting that "tight band" feeling then slowly leak into my legs. Always managed fine by sitting down for a while. But..isn't there always a but??

Now, I don't need to walk or stand for the tight band in my lower back OR in my legs. I just kind'a open my eyeballs in the morning and it's THERE. My legs feel like I've wrapped dental floss around the tops of them...you know that "cut off the circulation" feeling that just keeps getting worse the longer you squeeze it? My legs don't hurt as intensely as THAT...but it's the same kind of pain. The concerning part is that my legs feel weak...like I just got out of a real long soak in a hot tub. There's
obvious strength in my legs - they just "feel" weak.

This has been crappy like this for about two weeks now. I don't dare walk the grocery store because I'm scared to "start out" walking this bad. Hmmm...what would happen if I tried? Anybody know? Or relate? :|



  • It may be that what you are feeling is not claudication but radiculopathy caused by nerve compression from some of the disc problems you refer to in your "signature." I was able to live with mine for about three years, until it got to the point that I could no longer walk more than maybe 100 feet and then just had to sit down.

    Do you get any pain relief when you change position -- like when you sit? Is the pain worse when standing and walking?

    It may be that the annulus has continued to tear and disc material is leaking out which can cause a chemical reaction that can irritate the soft tissue and nerves and cause inflammation. Inflammation causes additional pressure on the nerves as it takes up room that the nerves need to pass freely.

    Have you tried an epidural steroid injection? Are you under the care of a spinal specialist at this point?
  • Okay. I'm digesting what you said. I've learned that anything that lasts two weeks is gonna stay. Unlike the other weirdo crap we experience.

    So, what did you do? What happened to you next? After those three years? The PLIF? 100 feet? Crap. That sucks.

    No - this "uncomfortableness" doesn't go away when I sit anymore. It's such a strained feeling...like I've been walking or standing for a long time. I don't understand it. Don't even know what to measure it against...to google it. Wouldn't want to explore how long I can walk without someone with me. Afraid to even stretch stuff out...but am doing so anyways. Should I just rest it? Keep trying to stretch it out? Muscle relaxers don't work.

    Did this come on you this fast? Did you get a walker or something? How did you deal with it for three years?

    thank you, gwennie.

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  • I'm really not sure what you are describing or what might be causing it. My situation was not at all like yours. And I could stand it for over three years, because I have no pain as soon as I get off my feet--by sitting or lying down. Consequently I can be pain-free (or mostly pain-free)if I just never do anything -- not the way I'd planned on living the rest of my life!!

    But from the way you describe your pain, it does not sound like a radiculopathy or sciatic type pain, which is usually described as "tingling, electrical, like water running down the leg, numb, burning, searing, etc."

    Yes, I did have a fusion and then I had some additional surgery a year later because I still had the nerve pain in my legs. And I still have it now...which no one can figure out.

    Have you received any diagnosis after having the most recent MRI/
  • gwennie...

    no "diagnosis" after recent mri's. he just said," your lumbar discs look real healthy and the kyphosis in your neck may cause you pain". laughed all the way outta there. i mean, "whatever".

    thanks for sharing your experience with me. sounds as frustrating as mine and everyone else's. i sure wouldn't want to be a doc...if consistency is this hard to define.


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