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Old 07-02-2021, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I have pretty bad arthritis in both my knees, left is worse. Sciatica on the right side. Injection done in left knee 5 weeks ago, only lasted about 2 weeks. Injection done in lower spine for the sciatica lasted barely 6 weeks. I'm overweight, seeing a nutritionist to lose weight the healthy way, so it is slower than I would like, but long term it is better for me. I will be eligible for knee replacement when my bmi is lower (and older, I'm 54, need to lose 22 pounds). Prior to my spine injection and currently my legs are so painful, achy is the best way to describe what I feel, the 2 weeks after the spine steroid injection, I felt good. My exercise is limited to swimming pretty much. I walk, do stairs as much as I can, but I don't trust my legs for long walks, even swimming by myself, I have to take stairs one at a time. I've been dealing with this for about 7 months, seeing Primary Care doctor on the 12th. Should I see a neurologist, go back to orthopedic? I'm very confident it is not related to weight, I feel like there is something else going on.

My question has anyone else experienced this? If so, what kind of doctor did you see? what was the outcome? If not, any ideas, thoughts.

Thank you!!!
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Old 07-02-2021, 12:19 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Your description of this pain is so vague its almost impossible to speculate and no one should be trying. You have a current treatment plan. Tell your current providers what you are experiencing. They know your situation better than any stranger on the internet.
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Old 07-03-2021, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Thank you. I mentioned it to one doctor and she seemed to brush it aside. I can't find much information online about my symptoms, so I thought I'd see if anyone has any insight. It's just strange to me.
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Old 07-03-2021, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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Thank you. I mentioned it to one doctor and she seemed to brush it aside. I can't find much information online about my symptoms, so I thought I'd see if anyone has any insight. It's just strange to me.
You are always free to get more opinions. You don't say what kind of doctor you are seeing now.
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Old 07-03-2021, 12:12 PM
 
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It could be PAD - Peripheral Artery Disease - in your legs.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-...s/syc-20350557

https://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/...se-of-the-legs

Plus poor circulation and/or lack of exercise or lack of walking which causes legs to weaken.

Venastat capsules (over-the-counter) can help the aches in your legs. Put Venastat into google.com and purchase it online from Walmart.com or Amazon.com or other places online where price is the best.

Also, if you're able to use it, use Advil Liqui-gels for pain.

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Old 07-03-2021, 01:26 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Thank you. I mentioned it to one doctor and she seemed to brush it aside. I can't find much information online about my symptoms, so I thought I'd see if anyone has any insight. It's just strange to me.
You probably couldn't find useful information because what you described is so vague. Need to narrow it down more. I'd still run all this by your current providers. You have known orthopedic problems that could easily contribute to leg pain. They can conduct some testing to pin the specific cause down further, rule things out, identify anything new.

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Old 07-03-2021, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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You could see a Neurologist who specializes in Neuromuscular medicine. You could also see a Physiatrist (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist) who specializes in Neuromuscular medicine. I’d probably start with a Neurologist. To find a Neuromuscular medicine sub-specialist, your best bet is looking at your closest large academic medical center.
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Old 07-03-2021, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Orange County/Las Vegas
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Interesting post. I may have to try that Venastat or something similar. I get this twitching tingling in my legs later in the morning when I am trying to sleep.
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Old 07-04-2021, 09:30 AM
 
Location: colorado springs, CO
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I have pretty bad arthritis in both my knees, left is worse. Sciatica on the right side. Injection done in left knee 5 weeks ago, only lasted about 2 weeks. Injection done in lower spine for the sciatica lasted barely 6 weeks. I'm overweight, seeing a nutritionist to lose weight the healthy way, so it is slower than I would like, but long term it is better for me. I will be eligible for knee replacement when my bmi is lower (and older, I'm 54, need to lose 22 pounds). Prior to my spine injection and currently my legs are so painful, achy is the best way to describe what I feel, the 2 weeks after the spine steroid injection, I felt good. My exercise is limited to swimming pretty much. I walk, do stairs as much as I can, but I don't trust my legs for long walks, even swimming by myself, I have to take stairs one at a time. I've been dealing with this for about 7 months, seeing Primary Care doctor on the 12th. Should I see a neurologist, go back to orthopedic? I'm very confident it is not related to weight, I feel like there is something else going on.

My question has anyone else experienced this? If so, what kind of doctor did you see? what was the outcome? If not, any ideas, thoughts.

Thank you!!!
I didn't realize how much my problems actually were my weight, until I lost it. I did have achy legs & I don't anymore. It took me 15 months to lose almost 80 lbs (about 5 lbs per month) but it's possible that it was vascular & the weight loss improved that too. Did you mean you are 22 lbs overweight, or that you need to lose 22 lbs before you are "safe" for surgery? If you are only 22 lbs overweight, I wouldn't think it's your weight either.
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Old 07-04-2021, 10:46 AM
 
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Rheumatologist is the right specialty. My wife had these issues. Stiff shoulders at night, limited movement of arms behind her back. Unable to get up from low chairs. The rheumatologist took extensive blood tests and x-rays of the hands and knees. Diagnosis was polymyalgia rheumatica. It fit all the symptoms exactly. She is now on low dose prednisone (10 mg) which has increased her movement and reduced the pain significantly.
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I have pretty bad arthritis in both my knees, left is worse. Sciatica on the right side. Injection done in left knee 5 weeks ago, only lasted about 2 weeks. Injection done in lower spine for the sciatica lasted barely 6 weeks. I'm overweight, seeing a nutritionist to lose weight the healthy way, so it is slower than I would like, but long term it is better for me. I will be eligible for knee replacement when my bmi is lower (and older, I'm 54, need to lose 22 pounds). Prior to my spine injection and currently my legs are so painful, achy is the best way to describe what I feel, the 2 weeks after the spine steroid injection, I felt good. My exercise is limited to swimming pretty much. I walk, do stairs as much as I can, but I don't trust my legs for long walks, even swimming by myself, I have to take stairs one at a time. I've been dealing with this for about 7 months, seeing Primary Care doctor on the 12th. Should I see a neurologist, go back to orthopedic? I'm very confident it is not related to weight, I feel like there is something else going on.

My question has anyone else experienced this? If so, what kind of doctor did you see? what was the outcome? If not, any ideas, thoughts.

Thank you!!!
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