Dr. Mark, my low back is not hurting. To reiterate, the pain I've described is not constant. The ache in my calf and back of my thigh can occur if I'm standing for a prolonged period of time or walking. The numbness in my inner thigh and knee as well as the 4th toe is constant and upon walking, the numbness spreads to all toes. If I stomp my right foot (like to get dirt off shoes or something) I get sharp pains in the numb area of the inner thigh and knee. The numbness also sometimes comes down the outside of my thigh from my hip to my knee. The calf of my leg is tender to the touch and feels strained.. I have a very "tight" feeling across the instep (like there is a strap across it when I flex my foot). When sitting, if the chair seat hits the back of my thigh just right, my entire leg and foot will go completely numb. The weakness that occurs in BOTH hips occurs upon walking mostly, but at other times, too, when just standing, and the muscles feel like I have just walked in a marathon. Also, whenever I bend forward it makes my hips hurt, the muscles in that area feel very "strained" (like bending over a desk to write something, getting something out of the oven, bending over to pick something up, etc.). Sometimes my back feels like it is going to break in two. This is not muscular? (My primary physician suggested I might want to see an orthopedist.?
Add'l background: 12/1981 - back surgery L4 & L5, laminectomy, full recovery; 1/25/08 - hospitalized with Atrial Tachycardia, EPS and ablation (unsuccessful); 2/1/08 hospitalized with pulmonary embolism, right lung (put on coumadin and aspirin, taken off Plavix); 3/08 hospitalized w/tachycardia that wouldn't convert to normal rhythm for several hours (medication changed to Amiodarone, now controlled); 3/08 Severely anemic, Iron infusion. Blood transfusion (G.I. bleed due to aspirin regimen w/coumadin, this was discontinued and I was put back on Plavix); 4/08 - Congestive Heart Failure, pneumonia; 5/08 current problem began - hospitalized, MRI of spine, Scan of head, arteriogram, angioplasties, stents placed in right iliac artery -- sent home after 10 days since no improvement whatsoever. And here I am.