I'm going to describe my symptoms in the hopes that maybe someone else has experience similar symptoms. My shins have hurt for years now and the doctors can't figure out what is wrong and the pain has gotten so bad I may not be able to walk much longer. At first it wasn't so bad and it has gradually gotten worse. I used to play volleyball but when the pain got unbearable I quit, thinking the pain would go away but it got worse. I have had x-rays, mri's, bone scans and I have no fractures or shin splints. I also had surgery for compartment syndrome and the pain has sine gotten worse. So if I don't have shin splints, fractures, or compartment syndrome, what else could it be? Please reply if you have any idea. The pain shoots up and down my shins, mainly on the inside and it gets worse if I even walk, but they hurt all the time. The pain is very very horrible. Someone please reply!
I wish I could offer some help, but know that your not alone. I have a friend, who has been getting the same problem, most of the pain is at night for her though. they too could not find anything. I told her that maybe they should check her back and take X-rays. Heck even a full body scan. Sometimes the problem could be coming from a different area other then the legs. A nerve somewhere.
I know this person that had really bad Sciatica and for a long time they were treating her for that, doing X-rays and the such, they finally did one of her back and found a tumor. I'm not saying this is yoru problem or anything, and I don't know what all you had done, but maybe some blood work and a CT san or even a pet scan...anything to find out what the pain is coming from.
It's something to ask your doctor about.
I also remember my friends doctor saying that some shin splints and fractures will not show up on any X-rays or MRI's.
I wish you luck, maybe you should seek a specilist or something...I wish I could have helped you more, the worse about pain, is not being able to find the cause of it.
Hi, I have the exact problem. Both shins hurt the same and some time so bad that I cant walk or sit with out tears. My G/P is sending me for a cardiac workup. Heart problems run in my family and I guess the shin problem could be a cardiac problem. I came to this board to ask the same question you asked. I will keep reading this board and I will post if I learn anything.
Has the doctor mentioned shin splints to you before? They are micro fractures to your shins that would come from the impact of playing sports such as volleyball. Alot of runners get them. The best thing for them is REST and I mean complete REST (no activities for a couple of days). If this does not improve - see an orthopaedic doctor for a full workup.
shin splints was the first diagnosis i got and i was eventually forced to quit volleyball and give up a scholarship i had b/c of the stupid things, i have rested these things for 5 years and they just get worse, i am in so much pain 24/7 and have seen every doctor imaginable, the so called "best of the best" and they all leave me empty handed with no answers, i recently saw a physical therapist, for the third time and not only did it not help it caused me to get extreme pain in my arms which is not good as a guitar player wanting to get in FSU's elite school of music, but it's no surprise, everything in life has been taken away from me, it was just a matter of time that my last joy would be next, anyways, i replied to say that this problem it most definitely not shin splints but I appreciate you post
Now that I have re-read your original post. It appears that they have done the right tests. Now the question resides with - when they did the tests. If most of these are 5 years ago - then it might be in your best interest to see a different orthopedic surgeon and get the tests redone. Especially the MRI. I also agree with JenBrooke that you should also have your back tested as well (for nerve damage).
I complained for years with it getting worse during college (I was on the dance team and played vball as well). They did not find my benign tumors until I was 25. So - be persistent. You are your best advocate. Don't take "nothing wrong" from just one doctor and accept it. Research online and check into clinical trials if need be. Someone should not have to live in chronic pain.
Wishing you all my best!
Thank you so much for the encouragement! It's just that I just recently did have new MRI's, bone scans, and x-rays done and for a different doctor. I have actually probably seen over 20 doctors and specialists about this problem. I saw a neurologist not to long ago and he said that he didn't find any pinched nerves. When with him I had an mri done of my back. What other tests could I do with these shins and what other tests could be done with my nerves? I have only had a cat scan of my brain, should I do more concerning my head?
Leg pain if from nerves being pinched or damaged would more likely come from your lower back. So that might be your next best test. Also - have you seen a rheumatologist. They say now that fibromyalgia comes from nerve endings shooting the wrong messages to the brain and can be controlled with medicine and specific exercises. Go online and look for the drbobshow. In his show transcripts there is one on this under rheumatology. Wish I could help more. But know that there are others out here dealing with similar issues (of chronic pain) and we understand and we care.
Wishing you all the best!