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have you had an ultrasound or doppler study of your legs?
Well, there are a few things which can be causing leg pain. For one, this could be run of the mill leg cramps, which is usually treated with quinine. However, there can be some other more serious causes of this:
1. muscle inflammation (myositis). This is pretty common with taking statins (although I have noted that you stopped). You need a blood test called CPK to tell
2. electrolyte abnormality. In particular, calcium- high or low
3. peripheral vascular disease- not enough blood flow. You need an angiogram or doppler ultrasound for this.
4. Spinal stenosis- compression of the spinal cord by narrowing of the canal. You may need a MRI of the lumbar spine to rule this out.
I would see you regular doctor and make sure that you do not have the above problems. If you are in the clear, you may want to try quinine for relief
Well, you can rule out electrolyte abnormalitis and myositis with a simple lab test.
In terms of peripheral vascular disease- this is actually very high on my list for you and can be limb and/or life threatening. You need a doppler ultrasound- this is a noninvasive test. You can get the MRI at a later date, on unless you have leg weakness and/or bowel or bladder issues