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Severe cramps in both legs - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, about a year ago I awoke with severe cramps in my both of my legs. This was not the normal cramps that you get at times. Next day, the backs of both legs were very sore but this time directly behind the knees, extending towards my ass. Went to Doctor who thought I had probably damaged ligaments or whatever due to recent strenous exercise involving many steep steps, taking two at a time. He had me exrayed on the worse of the knees (behind it) to see if maybe I had Baker's cyst I think he called it. All was clear.
This pain gradually, over months cleared slowly but was now added by pins and needles, and a feeling of weight be put on my lower arms and legs and severe flushing in the face at times. I would really boil up. He seems mystified at this. I do find that it mostly occurs if I sit in say a very soft chair for example. It's like electrical pulses at times and is an awful sensation. Part of me does feel that it seems at times to originate in my lower back/buttocks but it varies. Cholesterol is 4.9, blood pressure normal, while an MRI showed ageing more than my years but not much else, nothing obvious. Nonetheless, he has put me on Crestor and Asprin, though I'm not sure why to be honest and he was vague enough on it. Any ideas, because it's beginning to depress me at this stage. By the way, 99% of the time no problem whatever in bed. Thank you.
Doctor :   hello
User :   Hi there.
Doctor :   give me a min, i am going thru your query \
User :   sure, no problem
Doctor :   may i know your age please ?
User :   62
Doctor :   ok now how often do these symptoms come ?
User :   most every day now, though at times i get a clear day no problem. it stays away if say I'm working around the house or garden.
Doctor :   i see
Doctor :   that includes the flushing of face too ?
Doctor :   do you have anyother medical condition ?
User :   no, in fairness the flushing is much less frequent but can follow the other syms. No other medical condition, i walk and lot and eat good
Doctor :   so a complete blood test and MRI was done with normal results ?
User :   yes, so it seems. my chol had been at 5.9 and he wanted me on lipitor but i went on a strict diet and gave up cakes etc. and it seemed to work.
Doctor :   well thats a better way to control it
Doctor :   any headaches?
Doctor :   nausea vomiting ?
User :   that's the way i thought too. No, no headaches or feeling ill at all.
Doctor :   constipation or weight loss /
Doctor :   do you smoke or consume alcohol ?
User :   no, weight is 12 and half stone, and i'm very regular, thank God
User :   i don't smoke, and drink a very small glass of red wine most evenings or one bottle of millers. Never did drugs either.
Doctor :   well it does look like a more of a neurological problem caused by over sensitivity of the nerves of the area. now what i will recommend to you is that you do need to see a neurologist and get a nerve conduction test done
User :   how is that done?
Doctor :   The nerve conduction study is performed by placing surface electrodes over nerves, usually in the arms and/or legs. The electrodes are used to stimulate the nerves and then record the conduction of the signal down the nerve to some other point. This can be done in several positions to help determine the site of nerve injury or disease which may be causing the patient's symptoms.
Doctor :   that will help us to find the root cause
User :   what do you think might be causing it all this time? a trapped nerve or what?
Doctor :   it can be a cause
User :   is this a rare occurance?
Doctor :   thats why we want to see the conduction of the nerve, once we find out the problem you can be treated accordingly
User :   okay then, my doctor has suggested that in fact so i think i will follow it up. it's a great worry and is very tiring
Doctor :   well dont worry
Doctor :   just go ahead and set up an appointment
User :   Well, thank you for the advice I appreciate even talking about it.
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   take care
User :   thanks and good night
Doctor :   good bye
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