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Lingering Pain

Benny J. B.BBenny J. B. Posts: 4
i've been dealing with leg pain for over three months, and right now i'm starting to get worried. i've been to the doctor twice, but they don't think anything is wrong with me. yet, this pain has been getting worse over time. the pain has been all over the map on my legs, but usually persists in the front of my legs. sometimes both legs feel the same pain, other times my right leg gets it more. i've been trying to cope with it for a while, but right now i'm starting to get fed up with it, and i have no idea what it is. maybe i'm using them too much because i do a lot of walking, maybe i'm getting too much potassium cause i eat a lot of bananas, maybe i'm not getting enough calcium, i'm not sure. i do know, however, this started one day i went for a walk. my legs were a bit sore from walking a lot, and they were probably telling me to rest, but i didn't listen. that day it almost felt like my legs were about to give way on my walk. ever since then, i have had leg pains and i have no idea how to make it go away. i have tried everything i can think of: massaging the legs, coffee, cherry juice, over the counter meds, relaxation, short walks, but nothing has worked.

welcome to spine-health

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  • Please someone help me! I've tried everything I can think of and nothing has worked!
  • LizLiz Posts: 9,710
    No one at Spine-Health is a formally trained medical professional.
    Everything that is posted here is based on personal experiences and perhaps additional research.
    Members are not permitted to give or suggest a diagnosis.


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    You said you went to doctor couple of times.
    Did you have lab work re what you think may be low potassium and other that you listed?

    My primary worked with my pain for tw years before referring me to pain management.
    That was best thing for me, as he did variety of testing to find source or cause of my issues.

    I had an EMG, nerve conduction test, that was most revealing for my doctor.
    It showed areas of my spine effected that I never even gave voice to.

    You don't mention lab work or other testing that I see, and would think if would be worthwhile in order to get some sort of diagnoses as to what is causing your symptoms.

    Please keep us posted on how you are doing!
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
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  • I did a little more research, and I believe what I have is called Quadriceps Tendinitis. I notice while my pain is all over the map, where I feel it the most is in my quadriceps.

    As for what lead me here, I was basically just wandering around looking for the answers to my endless leg pain, and I had no idea what the heck was going on, and I tried everything but nothing worked.
  • I honestly think that while the Internet is fantastic in most ways there is such a danger of people trying to diagnose themselves. It's a sore point for me. I've seen soooo many surgeons I've lost count & they ALL pretty much say the same thing, "Why didn't you get treatment earlier?". I have permanent nerve damage I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. I know our situations are very different & as I said 'it's a sore point'. I turned to the Internet when I should of been phoning an ambulance this time last year & was eventually told by surgeons how close to dead I was!!

    Anyway....lecture over! I'd start with a full physical at my GP just to check its not a deficiency or excess of anything. You've posted on a spine sciatica forum & you're coming back! your instincts are telling you something. Many things are much easier to treat if caught early. It's been 3 months (nearly 4 months now?). I'd be asking for some tests so you can find out for sure what's going on.

    Please let us know how you get on. This must be very worrying for you. I'm sorry.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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  • I wonder what led you to Spine-Health.com. If you believe the leg pain is related to your spine then the appropriate tests to have done are an x-ray and an MRI. Specifically, the MRI would be most helpful in identifying nerve involvement that can cause leg pain.

    When I first started experiencing sciatica, I could hardly believe that problems in my back would cause such burning, pinching, and soreness in my legs. My left leg is affected a little more than my right, and this is because the disc bulge at my lowest lumbar level is a little larger on the left side.

    If you suspect spine involvement, an MRI will be the way to go, but keep in mind that an MRI might not catch everything. I've been rather fortunate in the sense that my sciatica can be linked to a clearly bulging disc and annular tear. However, I've had neck grinding and tightness that did not "show" on a cervical MRI. Lately it's been grinding more with cold neuropathy over my shoulders and into my arms. I expect to see some evidence with my next cervical MRI, but who knows.

    I know its frustrating to expect confirmation only to be left with more questions than answers. You are taking the steps to advocate for yourself and do your detective work. I wish you all the best in your search.
  • Benny J. B.BBenny J. B. Posts: 4
    edited 07/17/2015 - 4:44 AM
    I've already been to a doctor twice. I've had a physical AND blood tests for lymes disease done on me and my doctor doesn't see anything wrong. I think my problem is that I don't relax enough. Still... maybe I should see the doctor one more time for X-rays. I just do not see why it should last this long. All I know is that I probably did this to myself by taking too many walks and not resting even when I know I really should have.
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