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Old 03-15-2005, 05:41 PM   #1
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Need advice for undiagnosed condition

A middle-aged female friend of mine developed a limp about nine months ago.
Her conditon is getting worse and she will probably be walking with a cane soon.
She has tried PT to no avail. Her orthopedist has sent her to a pain doctor and she will be getting an cortisone epidural next month to see if her condition improves. She has little pain.
Her family history includes multiple sclerosis, and her sister has tested positive on one autoimmune blood factor, but her doctor told her she does not have lupus (I hope I explained this correctly, I don't know much about the autoimmune blood testing).
I asked her if she had blood testing, given her family history, and she said no.
I thought it was strange that she would jump from an orthopedist and PT to
a risky epidural injection without testing her blood first.
In additiion, she has been on anti-depressants and tranquilizers for many years, and was just recently given Lipitor.
I would like to know if anyone can shed any light on what this condition might be with the major symptom a sudden onset of a limp,or what specialist might be able to help her get a proper diagnosis.
If there is a more appropriate message board I can post this inquiry to,
please let me know, I need some advice for her as soon as possible.
Thanks so much!

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Old 03-15-2005, 07:50 PM   #2
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Re: Need advice for undiagnosed condition

Has her hip been checked out?

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Old 03-16-2005, 08:02 PM   #3
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