Complete Leg Pain?

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I was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis in my right knee 2 years ago. I've always had limited mobility in that knee but recently my WHOLE LEG has been bothering me. Sometimes it feels like muscle cramps in my calf. Sometimes my shins hurt. Sometimes the area around my knee hurts to even wear clothes. Lately my whole leg has started sting and burn.

Is this typical??

The pain varies daily: stiffness, burning, tightness, soreness, shooting pain, muscle cramps, dull ache....I have it all!

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    Sorry to hear.  I've had severe arthritis for 14 years and have had pain down the whole leg too.  Your best bet is to see a sports ortho and get them to assess. Or even your own doc and get them to assess fully.  Let me know how you're going.  

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    Hi there,

    I can really sympathise with you, my left leg is exactly as you describe, it feels as if it's burning, but it's not hot to touch.  Mind you, I put a lot of my pains down to my Fibromyalgia

    Have you seen a Rheumatologist, if not it may be a good idea to ask your GP to refer you to one.  They are specialists and will know how to treat you.  Good luck and I hope things ease for you soon. 

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      Did you have the Fibro before the arthritis? Does the arthritis cause Fibro? I have a lot of the symptoms of Fibro, but I've been chalking it up to arthritis. How do they diagnose Fibro?

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      I'm 69 now and have had arthritis since my teens, apparently in my case, it's an hereditary thing, my parents, grandparents etc all had it. 

      Suddenly a few years ago, my body seemed to be hurting more than usual and I stated to have falls.  My GP sent me to a Neurologist who could find no neurological reason for the falls and eventually I was referred to a Rheumatologist.  They did all kinds of tests, bloods, X rays, scans etc to rule out certain things and then came the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia I had all the trigger points so everything seemed to fall into place.  I have become much worse over this past couple of years and now find even walking to the bathroom a struggle.  

      I'm not saying that  you do have fibromyalgia, but if you do, the onset of it can often be triggered by a stressful event, so the fact that you had an accident 6 years ago, could well be the cause of it.  

      I'm not able to put a link in this message, but if you google trigger points for fibromyalgia it will explain the areas of pain.

      I am unable to take many meds as I seem to be allergic to a lot of them, but hopefully someone will be able to help you.  Good luck and I hope you will soon be able to hold your grandkids soon.  Big gentle hugs x

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    Has anyone taken an X-ray? No then this needs to be done because with OA once all the cartilage is gone, it's bone on bone and then it can be mega painful. Get a referral to a surgeon, who can tell you what state the joint is in and that requires X-ray. 

    Surgeons consider surgery the last option, so I was seeing mine for over 5 years where we tried lots of other treatments before surgery was required. 

    I have had joint replacement surgery and am now pain free, it's wonderful. 

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      I had an xray 2 years ago, but not since then.

      I have recently developed joint type pain in my thumbs, my elbows, my wrists and oddly enough, my big toe! Sometimes it feels like I'm being repeatedly stung by bees in my thumbs and my toe. It's very strange!

      Does osteoarthritis also cause nerve damage??

      We were in a wreck 6 years ago. Everything in my life was fine until then. Now, I have to force myself to function most days.

      We find out next week if we are qualified for insurance so my hubby and I can see a doctor. He has to have reconstructive knee surgery from a fall he had a month ago.

      I am so weary. This constant pain every single day wears me out. I don't know how people function with this. I have head to toe issues that I'm not even sure are all connected. It's possible I have multiple issues. I know it's well past time for me to see a doctor, but I haven't been able to afford it.

      I currently take Ibuprofen for the pain, but it barely brings any relief. Just ready for some answers and ready to feel some level of "normalcy" again!!

      I can't even hold my grandkids anymore. sad

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  • Posted

    It sounds exactly like the kind of pain you get from cholesterol medicine. Do you take cholesterol medicine? Have you recently started taking it or up to the dose or even changed brands?
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