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Quote from modrijan:
Please correct me if I don't understand you right. Back and leg pain: Impigned nerve sounds logical if frozen means to you non-respondding, numb. Even true cold feeling could appear. Try this: lye down and lift your streched left leg up toward vertical. Feeling pain in the leg during this is highly suggesting for impigned nerve. MRI is diagnostic.
Vein thrombosis would cause feeling cold, pain, swelling or palor in one or both legs even with palpable pulses. But I doubt that thrombosis would stay unchanged through many years. Symptoms would also be worse during the day. Coagulation blood tests are diagnostic.
Multiple sclerosis came on my mind, but before going too wide...if you want to talk about it further you could tell us what your abd. surgery was about and if you have had some back investigations so far.

modrijan thanks for responding...I had explor. surgy do to complications of abd pain dehydration,bloating hi wbcs, lo potassium & magnessium and intestianal problems, and adhessions. The leg problem had started before surgy. Had bone scan that was negative. My leg gets very cold and painful, and at times it makes my whole body freezing cold and hurt. I have had back pain off and on for long time. But had a bout with it middle of april. Had pain upper and low back down L buttock down L leg back thigh, when i bent my L leg inwards With the feeling of swelling across back . mri results:L5/S1mild R sidedspinal canalstenosis & mildRforaminal stenosis due to2mmRparasagittal % foraminal protrusion & faucet hypertrophy... L4/5minor annularbulge, facet hypertrophy & 2 small synovial cysts arising from R facet joint....... Thanks for your response...........
Those minor L4-S1 stenoses and protrusions could contribute to your pain more than investigations show - your distribution of the pain is quite typical for impigned nerve. The same condition can be in your neck and thoracic spine. Now, what to do: I wuuld wait to get diagnosis of all problems before undergo some serious procedure. For pain managment you can ask your GP or physiotherapist.
Stenoses and protrusions, facet hypertrophy and abdominal adhessions - all these are reactions of connective tissue to something: arthritis or other inflammation connective tissue disease. High wbcs goes with this group of diseases and abdominal problems too.
Diuretics and laxatives or simply low water intake can cause dehydration and low potassium; if not already on pills: cocoa, bananas, fish or fresh meat,sweet potatoe (prepared on steam, not cooked in water), dried plums... are sources of potassium.
You're constantly speaking about bone pain in the leg - this doesn't seems to come from the spinal nerve but maybe from connective tissue (bone is connective tissue too) overgrowth in that bone, maybe affecting bone blood flow or nerves; that could cause considerable pain. Bone scan would reveal some cysts, tumors...but not slight bone overgrowth. Maybe X-ray investigation of bone density or measurment of thickness of the bone and comparison with the other leg would tell more.
My suggestion is: I would search in the direction of connective tissue diseases (some specific blood tests can reveal rheumatoid factors and so on...).