Well just got back from doppler test, and just as I suspected, no blood clot was seen. The radiologist still has to look, but the tech that did the test said if she though there was a clot, she would have called the Dr. So now what? I knew it was not a clot because it did not fit all the syptoms of a clot. I still believe its a nerve just because of the symtoms. Cant my surgeon see that? Oh well, more wasted money down the drain. I guess I will keep on it until I get some resolution, or it just goes away . Just thought I would let you all know the test was negative.
So glad to know that it's not a clot. That's a relief.
I do think it is like my leg. My PT said that the lymphatic system is tied to the nerves. When the nerves are damaged, they can't tell the lymphatic system to drain. The lymphs are like a series of locks in the leg. The nerves tell the lymps to push the fluid up the leg. The push it so far, the 'gates" shut and then it is pushed up to the next level..over and over. Because there is a break in the nerve connectivity, the lymphs don't get the message to push the fluid. The fluid is pooled and doesn't move up the leg as fast. Causes discoloration and swelling. The ortho surgeon I saw put me in teds stockings...about $50 a pair. Said that I would see relief in 4-6 months. That wasn't the answer I was looking for.
My physical therapist is trained in lymphatic draining and it took her 5 visits (2.5 weeks) to reduce the swelling by 75%. Just a thought...Once she got the drianing started, between her and my accupuncturist, the swelling has been negilable.
Thanks Everyone, I am certainly glad it was not a clot, but not knowing what it is, is a bummer for sure. Ibake, did your problem begin after surgery? I really believe that the problem is nerve related and what you discribe makes sense to me. I know that the circulation is not right, and the swelling and discoloration tend to lean in that direction. The only other thing is the sensitivity. I still have a very sensitive leg (From knee down to foot) its still hurts to touch it, although I have been forcing myself to wear long socks, mostly because my foot gets real cold!, but also I am trying to get used to it in some way. I cant go on wearing slippers and half socks forever. Wearing shoes is still horrible, but I find if I dont tie the left one, its bearable for a short time. I am venturing out more, and I am attempting to wean myself down on meds. I have not changed my patch in 4 days now (supposed to change every three days) and I am doing ok. I am only taking percs 3 times a day, no matter what the pain is like. I have decided that I have to deal with this pain without being "doped up" all day. I know its going to be rough for awhile, but I really need to give it a shot. I know I cant go back to work for a long time, and I doubt if I will ever be able to return to my career in Corrections, at least not in the position I was in, but hopefully I will be able to do something meaningful. Being a house husband is not for me. No I cant watch soap operas, my life is already filled with too much drama, I just wish it were as exciting as the lives in those daytime dramas! and they never go to work? Anyway, thanks for you responses. Your cyber friend forever...