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Severe pain in right leg, especially when sitting and/or wearing long pants

tjt23ttjt23 TexasPosts: 3
Hi.  Thanks for taking the time to review my first post here at spine-health.com.  I am a military veteran, been dealing with severe pain in my right leg for over a decade.  For the sake of time, I'll just point out the key facts:

What's wrong:
1) severe right leg pain and moderate lower back pain, especially when driving and/or sitting at a desk (of course I work in IT, ugh...).  Left leg hurt sometimes in a similar way, but nowhere near as bad as the right leg.  The pain is in my thigh, above the kneecap, and my hamstring.  Long pants tend to make the pain A LOT worse...the area above the kneecap, in particular, freaks out and seems to swell up when touched by pants.  I don't notice much pain below my knee, but I do know that using a foam roller on the outside of my calf muscle provides some relief all up and down my entire leg.
2) On a side note, I also experience pain in both of my arms, mainly in the forearms, but I have learned to manage my arm pain pretty well over the years (I use a rollermouse instead of a regular mouse, I massage my arms with the Arm-Aid whenever they get to hurting really badly, and I take breaks/stretch when needed). 

What I've done / what I'm doing / who I've seen:
1) chiropractors - mostly spinal manipulation and ART (active relief techinques) provide some relief
2) physical therapists - stretching, strength training...helps a bit but only temporarily
3)  [edit] did blood tests, nerve conduction study, xrays, MRI, ended up calling it "fibromyalgia"
4) I'm doing "workup" with Minimally Invasive  [edit] in Dallas...so far, xrays, MRI, EMG, and CT scan with myelogram are all normal, save for a small "bulge" at L5/S1.  I am scheduled for a VMA xray next week.  
5) I do a lot of exercises/stretches at home, which provide some temporary relief.  Heat / hot showers also help a bit.  I use a lacrosse ball to massage my back/glute from L4 all the way down S4/S5, and that actually provides a lot of relief...for a little while.  I am also going to try acupuncture next week for the first time...  

This pain has hurt me and my family long enough...I am determined to find a resolution.  Has anyone here had similar experiences?  Any ideas on what type of ailment(s) I should focus on researching/reviewing?  What tests I should get?  What type of specialist(s) should I see?  I'll take all of the constructive insight/advice I can get!  :-)  Thanks for reading, I wish you all the best.  



  • LizLiz Posts: 9,764
    hello tony

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    i edited your discussion to remove the names of specific medical facilities


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    I may have missed it, but how long have you been suffering with your symptoms?
    My primary doctor tried to manage my pain for two years and then referred me to pain management/spine specialist.

    He reviewed the CDs of my previous tests, ...not fully relying on the written impressions.
    Without my needing to ask,  he did several other tests that helped him in his treatment for me.
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  • Thanks for the response!  This has been going on for over 10 years.  The pain really started in my right arm, especially when I used a computer mouse.  I manage that pain pretty well nowadays, but the leg pain, especially in my right leg when I'm sitting, with long pants on, is unbearable.  Been to countless chiropractors, physical therapists, pain management specialists, with little relief.  I'm going to try acupuncture tomorrow.  Open to any other ideas you might have!  Thanks again.  
  • gnienggnien GeorgiaPosts: 1
    There are some foods they are finding that can cause antibodies in your body that can cause inflammation. Have you done a food sensitivity test (tests for IgG Antibodies - note this is different than allergy testing that looks at IgE antibodies, as I understand it). Food sensitivities, as I understand it, can have negative reactions in your body 1-3 days after ingesting, and can cause a whole host of issues. Our friend who struggled with migraines told us about it and we ultimately had to go to a wholistic medical doctor to prescribe because our regular doctor didn't know anything about it or maybe wasn't interested as such test wasn't covered by our insurance. It ran us around $300 out of pocket and they test for sensitivities to about 100 different foods. Turns out my husband is sensitive to wheat, yeast, safflower oil, and dairy. He suffers with various pains everyday, so it will be interesting if these diet changes will change things. I am sorry to hear about your pains. I wish you the best of luck in finding a solution!
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    hello gnien !
    welcome to spine-health
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  • Thanks for the response!  Oh yes, GI problems galore, especially since I served in the Middle East many years ago.  I'll look into current food intolerance testing, for sure.  I know that wheat and dairy, in particular, definitely cause me problems as well.  
  • MarWinMarWin OhioPosts: 704
    How did the acupuncture go? 

    Can you go into more detail on the "types" of leg pain you're experiencing? Does it originate in a specific location and radiate out, or is it local? Has anyone used the dreaded "sciatica" in any of your diagnosis'? 

    As for your arm pain, has anyone ever suggested you look at your shoulders? You work at a computer, so is it possible your shoulders round forward (can you pull back on your shoulder blades and pinch them together gently? If so, how far was the rotation?). 
  • I also feel pain in parts of my leg when I wear long pants...I have chronic knee, hamstring and full leg pain as well. Any idea why long pants are more painful?
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