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Right Calf Pain - HELP!

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I know this is not a medical advice forum and I am not seeking any particular advice, so here goes. I am going to attempt to describe my symptoms to you guys just to get some ideas in the inkwell. This issue has seriously affected my quality of life throughout the past 10 months.

I have chronic pain located completely in the upper fourth of my right calf. It does not hurt or throb when I sleep, sit, or stand. However, my right foot will become slightly numb after about 3 blocks of walking around a store or in the neighborhood. If I continue walking or standing, the foot numbness will progress to throbbing calf pain unilaterally. The pain disappears with rest and reappears after continued walking. This affliction began in March 2005 and has plagued me ever since.

Here's a little background on my situation. In October 2004 I started attending school 5 days weekly. The school was located 93 miles from my home, so I spent 3 hours per day driving back and forth from school. I also sat in a classroom 5 hours daily, so my lifestyle was basically sedentary for 1 whole year. I began to notice the aforementioned pain in March 2005, 5 months after starting school. My serum cholesterol total is 157 and all of my labs are WNL with the exception of the thyroid panel.

Now I do aerobic exercise regularly; however, the pain is affecting what I can do. I have seen 2 doctors (orthopedic surgeon and general practitioner) and they both say my knee is fine. They can find no problems, though I shall mention that no real diagnostic tests have been done on my knee or calf other than palpation.

Which type of specialist should I seek out? Also, which diagnostic tests should I push for? What do you guys think might be the problem? Thanks in advance!

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You need to see a doctor ASAP. Although you're a few decades too young to be suspected of intermittent claudication, your symptoms are amazingly similar to that. Tell your primary care doc exactly what you've told us here, and he should be well-versed enough to order the right tests for you.

Please let us know how you're doing.:)

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You need to see a doctor ASAP. Although you're a few decades too young to be suspected of intermittent claudication, your symptoms are amazingly similar to that. Tell your primary care doc exactly what you've told us here, and he should be well-versed enough to order the right tests for you.

Please let us know how you're doing.:)

Thanks! I had started suspecting intermittent claudication several months ago, but the doctors said it would be atypical due to my age. I suppose I will need to be more persistent with my healthcare providers in the future.

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you need to advocate for yourself- tell the doc you want pvd r/o...

ask about r/o dvt....tell him you don't care about your age; these are your s/s and do something about it!

much luck to you,

leslie

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