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my legs do not hurt, but if I rub them they do--so tender.

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my legs do not hurt, but if I rub them they do--so tender.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 5 years ago.

dermdoc19 :

Hello

dermdoc19 :

You have had this your whole life? Even as a child?

Customer:

Just in the last 15 yrs. I think. I have had a very busy life--I don't normally

Customer:

rub my legs.

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Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 5 years ago.
No neurologic problems? No history of diabetes?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
No. I have arthritis.
Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 5 years ago.
What meds are you taking?
Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 5 years ago.
This is hyperesthesia. This is really a symptom rather than a disease. One can add the term idiopathic before it, I suppose, and it becomes a disease or condition. Two causes, diabetes and MS, don't seem to apply here. This possibly is to due a spinal stenosis or compression causing a mild impingement of the spinal nerves as they leave the spinal cord.
Two suggestions for treatment would be Zostrix HP applied three times a day. Ths takes 4-6 weeks to work.However, it is safe, OTC and inexpensive. It depletes Substance P and glutamate and can relief such neurologic stress. A second therapeutic thought is a TENS machine. This sends a little electric impulse which make the muscles relax.
Happy to answer further questions.