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#1 susie54

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 03:01 AM

I was wondering if anyone has had circulatory problems in their legs. I started getting huge bruises on my legs about three weeks ago and they are in so much pain. Exercising makes it worse and even my muscles feel week after exercising. At night the pain wakes me up it is so bad, nothing relieves it. Tried three Aleve a day. Two tizanidine a night to calm the muscles down. They feel so tight. Standing for awhile makes them hurt too , all the way up to the lower back. The muscles seem attacked by all this. Does this make sense to anyone? Where should I turn for help? Susie54

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 03:54 AM

Hi, Susie

I am so sorry to hear your leg pain is giving you so much trouble for the last three weeks. Did your bruises occur without apparent trauma? Have you discussed this with your doctor? Some of the other forum members may have similar experiences and will hopefully share what they know with you, but this sounds like something you should be talking to your doctor about, soon.
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Posted 14 June 2007 - 04:32 AM

Hi there Susie,
I am so sorry that you are going through this pain. I agree that a chat with the doctor is a good idea to resolve this. I myself have not experienced the bruising, but the pain in the lowest part of my back, that radiates downward sounds very familiar. The doctors seem to think it is autoimmune related, but not necessarey to scleroderma. I am going through several tests today actually. (labs/exrays)

I hope that you find the cause and are able to treat it!
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#4 susie54

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 02:20 PM

Thanks Everyone,

Rheumatologist said to head to the neurologist so I made an appointment today for Monday. He said the bruises really don't relate to the leg pain and jerky muscles. That is more nerve related. Interesting but at least I am headed in the right direction. Susie54

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 05:56 PM

Hi Susie,

This sounds very painful and the bruises add some mystery. I'm glad you were able to get an appointment so quickly. Keep us up to date on what you find out.

xoxo emmie

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 03:35 AM

Just a thought.... I'm no dr but this also sounds like Peripheral Vascular Disease. That's when your circulatory system can't feed your muscles the blood needed so the muscles "starve" for blood and it does get worse with exercise. I feel for you because I have leg pain and weakness. I have peripheral neuropathy, so that may be your problem too. I can no longer walk in the dark because I can't "sense or feel" where my feet are, so I was falling alot. I now have night lites in every room and hallway and steps motion sensor lites on the front poarch and on the garage that lite my driveway, my power company LOVES me! :lol: Please keep us posted!! Many (((((((hugs))))))))
Peace :)
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Posted 15 June 2007 - 08:37 PM

Susie,

I was having pain in my legs too and was worried about blood clots because my pain was behind my knees but occasionally went down into my calf. my calves were also very tight all the time.

I had lower extremity blood pressure tests done before and after a 5 minute treadmill walk and all was normal.

Doc said to lay off the salt. So I have. Haven't had any pain like that in a long time but my calves are starting to tighten up again.

I worry about your bruising. Keep us posted about what your doctors say.

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Posted 16 June 2007 - 03:11 AM

Hi Everyone,

Barbara, peripheral neuropathy might be the cause because my feet are going numb now. Pain in my feet last night going to sleep. Muscles are still jumping but overall pain in legs is calming down . Thank goodness. Susie54

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 12:46 AM

Wanted to update on my legs. They are better. I went to the neurologist. I have a general peripheral neuropathy only in the smallest nerve fibers and muscles are in good shape.She was very thorough and did EMG, muscle tests with probe , small nerve tests. From all the purpura and bruising on my legs, she thinks it is an inflammatory condition as seen in peripheral vascular disease.

I am better now so she said she would not do further testing. I do have leukoclastic vasculitis and it is causing the purpura on my legs and inflaming the arteries.

My carpal tunnel in both hands is worse and I have to go back to wearing splints. THat explains my dropping things.
Just thought I would let you all know in case anyone has a similar problem. Have a great day everyone. Susie54

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 01:26 PM

Hey Susie,

Thanks for the update. Did she put you on any medication?
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Posted 27 June 2007 - 04:52 PM

Susie,

I am glad you got answers. The neuro sounds very thorough. I'm sorry to hear that you have more "conditions" to add to your resume, but it seems like once we get started with this stuff we just can't stop!

I'm also glad that you let us know what it was all about. I think it helps us know what symptoms can sometimes mean. Thanks and hope things don't start acting up on you again. If they do, I hope the dr. has you prepared!

xoxo emmie