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Old 12-18-2004, 12:46 PM   #1
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leg feels likes its on fire

I apologize if this is a repeat. I just tried to post my problem and I didn't see it go up on the board, so I am resubmitting.

I have had a certain problem off and on for the last couple of years, although lately it has gotten worse. Whenever I am on my feet alot or walking for an extended amount of time (like an hour or more) I get this numb, pins and needles type feeling that starts at the top of the thigh. It is kind of on the outside of the thigh and then most of the front all the way down to the knee. Usually it is only the left leg, but sometimes the right leg, too. When it starts to get that pins and needles feeling, if I can't take a break or sit down for awhile, it progresses to a kind of burning, like it's on fire type of sensation. It is very painful, and I wince as I'm walking on it until I can find a place to sit down. It is really frustrating and discouraging because I like to walk and I need to walk every day. Is there anyone with any suggestions that can help me? Thank you!

 
Old 12-19-2004, 04:14 AM   #2
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Re: leg feels likes its on fire

Have you discussed this with your doc or had any tests done such as an MRI to see if there is some sort of problem in the spinal area such as a herniated disc or bone spurs that are pressing against your spinal cord somewhere?This does sound very much like some sort of nerve related issue.I have many areas throughout my body that have the same type of pain you described and mine is due to major nerve damage to spinal nerves and damaged spinal tracts inside my cord.i think your first step here would be to discuss this with your primary doc to gain a referral for an MRI and an orthosurgeon for proper evaluation.Hope this helps.Marcia
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Old 12-19-2004, 11:26 AM   #3
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Re: leg feels likes its on fire

i had the same with my right leg.it got so bad i was unable to walk. i had an mri done it turned out to be a ruptured disk at l4/l5. i would talk with doc about this matter. good luck i hope all goes well for you.

 
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Re: leg feels likes its on fire

Thank you both for your replies. Because of your responses, I did make an appointment to see the doctor. In fact, I just got back from the doctor a couple of hours ago. She thinks I have a tight IT band: (iliotibial band). So she is sending me for physical therapy. I asked if it had anything to do with my spine and she asked me if I had ever lost control of my bowels or bladder. I said no and so that's what she said it most likely is. She had me do some different stretches and I did have to say I was not at all that flexible, and really felt the stretch. Does that sound like it could be right?

I also mentioned that I have right heel pain that is very severe in the morning especially. She said that was plantar fasciitis. So I go to PT for that also.

Does all of this sound right? Can a doctor say what is wrong with a person based on a description of symptoms alone? I mean, don't they have to send a person for diagnostic tests before they can call it something? Thanks!!

 
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Re: leg feels likes its on fire

I have some concerns to just how really knowledgable this doc is regarding spinal cord issues.Her question about the bowel and bladder problems IS a standard question that is asked when trying to evaluate spinal cord problems and the severity of,but for her to think that there is NOT a problem with your spinal column based on your no answer is a little too cut and dried here.The bladder/bowel problems are not usually seen until the later stages of some really severe spinal cord compression.It is a very grave sign that something is seriously wrong,not something that you would normally see in most people with even severe spinal cord issues such as herniation, fractures or bone spurs that are pressing on the spinal nerves that are pretty much the norm.It is much more common for a patient to present to their doc with stmptoms such as yours.They will be having tingling,numbness, pain,burning or instability in a certain limb.i would press her a little harder for an MRI if you do not see any improvement in your condition.also,and this is very important,if while you are doing your PT excercises?if at any time you should feel a real sudden increase in pain,stop what you are doing and see if it calms down.if it does,then continue slowly if it does not go away within a few minutes, do not continue and see your doc.You could,without knowing exactly what is wrong back there,inadvertantly injure yourself further.i am rather suprised that your doc did not even bother to do a very basic X ray on your low back to see if there is anything wrong with the column that would have popped out at her.At the very least,I think that just to be on the safe side, I would go back and ask her to do an x ray BEFORE you start any PT.How does she know that you don't have some sort of structural problem with a disc or vertabrae without bothering to even do the basics here.I would, myself, be somewhat apprehensive to start a PT program without even an x ray done to see if there actually is anything so out of whack that if I started the PT excersices I could make things worse.But thats just me.i had things wrong in my spinal cord that I never would have expected to find there.My Dr was quite shocked as well.if I had even gone to like a chiropractor for an adjustment on my C spine with this glob of blood vessels that I didn't know had formed inside my cord,and he made the wrong move on me,i could have very easily become paralyzed by even a small movement inside the affected area.What I had does not show up on an x ray and is very rare but it just reiterates the need to check things out at even just the basic x ray level before doing anything.my neck was also a mess too.so I wasn't going to be doing anything to it but surgery for my herniated disc.it is very important when you are dealing with ANY docs out there to make sure that if you don't feel comfortable with something you are told, or and explanation or why certain tests are run, to please ask the doc to explain.drs can be very intimidating espescially if you are not used to dealing with them.I used to be that way up until my son became extremely ill and had to be his advocate.It was very good practice for me to deal with my medical nightmares now.If I have a question or I need answers to something I ask,and if I don't understand the explaination or I wonder why certain things are being or not being done, I will make them explain it again until I do.I have dealt with more docs and so called specialists than I ever cared to and am not the least bit intimidated anymore.It really helps you if you research the heck out of your condition as far as what it is and what you can do to treat it.Docs tend to treat you much better and more on their level if they think that you really do know what you are talking about.Just a suggestion that i would make to anyone who is going through some in depth medical crap like i am.educate yourself,you will be glad that you did.This will also give you much better treatment options for your condition.

sorry I rambled there.Please go to your doc and request a simple back X ray,she owes you at least the basics here.And then go from there.Please keep me posted.Marcia
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Old 03-11-2005, 04:47 AM   #6
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Re: leg feels likes its on fire

Alpinemeadow,
It sounds like you and I have 2 different conditions because I have swelling with mine. Sorry I can't help there but I did laugh myself silly at how smart you are to ask about a Dr diagnosing without running tests. Very good! The Doc is guessing. She doesn't have a crystal ball or x-ray vision. Study up, do your homework and then get the tests you need. Drs are no respecters of pain and suffering so light a fire under them, my friend!

 
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