I have severe hip, thigh and muscle pain and cramping. My hips "lock" and I get stuck and have a painful, difficult time getting my leg(s) to move as pressure is almost impossible without feeling like my legs are being ripped from the sockets. When I walk it also feels like I will fall from the hip popping out. I have tissue under the skin on the front and outside of my mid thighs that feel like leather and hard and in some patches numb ... I have recently been waking up drenched from sweat and my bedding and clothes are drenched. I also just had my esophagus strectched again and was told I have imflamation with no infection - gastritis. I have been experiencing an increase with heartburn. My eyesight has recently become blurry with some double vision.
Person's Gender: Female
Person's Age: Judy
Norco, Flexerall, Baclifan, Soma, ice, heat, jaccuzi, swimming, walking, staying in bed, muscle pain ointment, cupping, massaging, chiropractor, accupuncture, glucosimine Chondrotent, MSM, Cesso, hanging upside down, crying a lot ...
What are your medical conditions right now and what tests and studies have you had to get at a cause for your symptoms?
I have been told it is arthritis. I have several things that I see my doctor for ... pain, cholestrol, sleep, HBP ... degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia ... A few years back I had a severe reaction to levaquin and the feeling of being "quartered" was severe and I was given heavy pain meds. A couple years ago my foot doctor told me to wear Sketchers Shape ups for my ankle and things went down hill after wearing them for a while. It has been several months since I stopped wearing them and things seem to be getting worse. I was told by a nurse that my cholestrol meds might be a contributor ... I am just so tired of hurting all the time and feeling like my hips are going to break or worse, I will get locked in one of those painful positions and get stuck somewhere.
Have you had MRI's of the lumbar spine, pelvis and hips? Have you seen a rheumatologist?
I have had recent xrays of my hips showing arthritis, MRIs in the past, - have had numerous back and neck injuries wilth disc narrowing and buldging (years ago). I see my doctor every month and he is a Board Certified Internist. Arthritis is the answer to everything. I was also having bladder problems, frequent 10-20 times in 24 hr period and never feeling finished ... We I was looking for alternative answers for my circumstances, Accupunture seems to have helped with that :-)I was also diagnosed with poly-neuropathy several years ago with no clear cause for condition.I have mitro-valve and arotic valve regurditation from Phen-fen and the Levaguin was "black-boxed" by the fda shortly after my condition became severe
Have you seen a physiatrist--a physical medicine and rehabilitiation MD?
No I have not ... I tried physical therapy and that was no more than a person telling me how to exercise. That was after the damage from the Levaquin. I did not know a doctor like that existed. Is the night sweats and the other recent symptoms in their field of diagnosis treatment?
First, let me ask--have you been screened for autoimmune disorders and Lyme disease?
If Fibromyagia was part of the screening? Lymne Disease I don't know but I was checked for Lupus. When I was a pre-teen or younger (59 now), I remember removing a tick from my hip.I just had my 3 month lab work done on Friday and because of the night sweats and being drenched, I plan on going to see my Dr. tomorrow ... I just want to be able to ask him to refer me to someone that can say more than arthritis. I saw Dr. Prudence Hall, Robin McGraw (Dr. Phil's wife's internist) a couple of years ago and she had me on hormone therapy, thyroid, etc, (which my Dr. said I didn't need). I stopped treatment because I sold my house and am in an older, smaller RV and I can't keep the creams cool because many stops while traveling are dry camping with no provisions for such storage. The Neurologist did a lot of testing but could not find a cause for the neuropathy. Also, I have been sober for 31 years on the 15th of July and alcohol was the only thing that rang a bell with me. I also stopped smoking 30 years ago but within the last year have been treating with cannibis. The licensing doctor told me to see a neurosurgeon and to start hanging upside down ... I climbed up on an inverted picnic table a couple of times and that has stopped the severe spasms??? but only briefly.I feel like I am just stabbing in the dark and the symptoms are getting worse.
Hey--congrats on the 30+ years of sobriety--are you a friend of Bill W? All I can do here is give you my thoughts and how I would proceed with the workup--would that be sufficient for you?
Yes I am a Friend of Bill W. :-)If you can't fix me, I am open to new ways of proceeding ... I am very leary of FDA drugs as they have caused many unnecessary health problems.
Me. too on the Bill thing
OK. I would fully screen you for autoimmune disorders and have you see a rheumatologist. I would also revisit your thyroid and check your cortisol levels. I would do a Lyme screen, since this could be untreated disease there. I would also check vitamin levels and do a screen for heavy metal toxicity. I would also, no matter the results of the tests, have you see a physiatrist for a customized treatment program. Finally, I would have you see a board certified, well trained, homeopathic MD for a full evaluation and treatment--not herbs and supplements, but a highly diluted single medication therapy. While I can't tell you exactly what is going on here, I think you need a fuller, more extensive workup.
What is single diluted medication therapy? Do Physiatrists and Homeopathic MDs work in HMOs? I just noticed the Bill thing ... that is awesome ... Big Congrats!
I can't go into a lot of detail, but true homeopathy is directed at inflammation in the body and not at just one organ system. With a full evaluation a true homeopathic physician can determine what specific homeopathic medication is appropriate for a given patient. Physiatrists do work in HMO's, but I doubt an HMO would cover a Homeopathic MD.
Dr. Chip, Thank you so much for your help! My HP has been working overtime with me lately ... you have been one of those gifts :-)
You're so welcome--but before we close--my sobriety date is Valentine's day, 1980--when's yours?
July 15, 1981 - It took me from 1978 and several 90 day chips before I was given a sobriety date. Valentine's Day is a good day :-) You have been my Sobriety "Chip" for this year. Yesterday while walking, I found a green obsidian (I am brandnew to the world of rocks) and today I did some research on it and I discovered that it is a Sobriety Stone ... Some coincidences feel like I am being rocketed into the 4th Dimension ... Sobrietystone.com had some very specific feedback for me ... it still amazes me how answers will appear ... Thanks again and God Bless!
I fully think, in looking back, that someone was looking out for me and there are no coincidences--not that HP actually changes your life in major ways, but he puts you in the right place at the right time with the right person or persons--that said, it's still up to you to let go and accept the help if you can recognize it. So I hope I've helped you a bit here, and please keep in touch and let me know how things go--and even if you just need to chat as in an informal AA meeting.
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX like that ... bye for now.
One day at a time, or should I say one question at a time? Take care.
Over 20 yrs of Family Practice