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What causes pain and stiffness in legs?

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Posted on Mon, 21 Apr 2014
Question: 3 months ago my left leg was excruciating after I put a heating pad on it. It stayed this way for a week. Then I started having stiffness in other parts of my legs. At first I thought it was a blood clot but an ultra sound for dvt showed I didn't have anything in either leg. During this time I also had sinus issues and was given a z pack. The leg and sinus seemed to help for the time being. It came back a week later stronger. I was then given prednisone and it felt better during that time. Every morning I wake up and my left butt check feels pinched. Sometimes under my arms it feels pinched like you are about to take blood work after you tied your arm. I have had several doctors check to see if its lymph nodes and they say they don't feel it. About 3 weeks ago I stood up and my pulse shot up to 170. It took the er to get it down. I went home and it did it again. The doctors finally put me on Cardizem because my blood pressure had been high since December at 140/90 average. I had several other episodes of the fast pulse of 170. I was diagnosed with svt. Since three weeks ago I get headaches(which had a ct scan without contrast of my head and it was negative). I was admitted still to the hospital because my white blood cell count was 16000 and my blood pressure was low. I know the sinus stuff came back also around this time. They gave me antibiotics and the wbc came back to normal. I am seeing a cardiologist and have had multiple chest x rays, ekgs and they just say its svt. I am awaiting the results of the echocardiogram that I had done. EVERY NIGHT I HAVE NIGHT SWEATS! When I blow my nose it has blood in it each time. I have little red dots on my body as well. It just feels like my body is breaking down. I just don't know what direction to go. I have had crp done and was negative, the ana done and it was negative, hepatitis panel and it was negative. I am on xnax and because of the medical issues my panic attacks and anxiety has been high. My wife has to check on my throughout the night because I'm worried I won't wake up. My nerves are shot.
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Answered by Dr. Srikanth Reddy (42 minutes later)
Brief Answer: Anxiety disorder Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for choosing health care magic for posting your query. I have gone through your question in detail and I can understand what you are going through. The symptoms that you have stated do not fit into a single system and may not be a single illness. You have stated that you already have an anxiety disorder and considering this fact there is a faint possibility that you could be suffering from a somatoform disorder. I have seen many such patient in my clinical practice and most of them have benefited with the treatment for somatoform disorder. Although there are various medicines to use for somatoform disorder, the best one I like is a combination of Amitriptyline and chlordiazepoxide. This combination taken over 2-3 weeks shows a lot of improvement with minimal side-effects. Also you have mentioned that you anxiety has also recently increased cause of your medical complains, and taking only xanax is not an alternative. YOu have to be put on paroxetine 12.5 mg tablet along with xanax as paroxetine will cure the anxiety from the root where as xanax will only help in temporary symptomatic relief. Also if you are averse to taking medicines there is an option of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). This therapy is taken by either a psychologist or a psychiatrist in which the therapist identifies impaired cognitions (Thoughts) and try to correct them. They are 15-20 min weekly session and there should be around 8-10 sessions to help you with your illness. Hope I am able to answer your concerns. If you have any further query, I would be glad to help you. If not, you may close the discussion and if possible you may rate the answer for me, so that I get a good feedback. In future if you wish to contact me directly, you can use the below mentioned link: bit.ly/dr-srikanth-reddy Wish you good health, Kind regards Dr. Srikanth Reddy M.D.
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Thank you for this information. It is something I will certainly look into. Could this also explain night sweats as I'm a sleep and am awaken to the night sweats.
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Answered by Dr. Srikanth Reddy (1 hour later)
Brief Answer: Yes it may explain Detailed Answer: Hello Yes, it may explain the night sweats as well. You may start taking the treatment and look for the improvement. Regards Dr. Srikanth Reddy
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Brief Answer: Anxiety disorder Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for choosing health care magic for posting your query. I have gone through your question in detail and I can understand what you are going through. The symptoms that you have stated do not fit into a single system and may not be a single illness. You have stated that you already have an anxiety disorder and considering this fact there is a faint possibility that you could be suffering from a somatoform disorder. I have seen many such patient in my clinical practice and most of them have benefited with the treatment for somatoform disorder. Although there are various medicines to use for somatoform disorder, the best one I like is a combination of Amitriptyline and chlordiazepoxide. This combination taken over 2-3 weeks shows a lot of improvement with minimal side-effects. Also you have mentioned that you anxiety has also recently increased cause of your medical complains, and taking only xanax is not an alternative. YOu have to be put on paroxetine 12.5 mg tablet along with xanax as paroxetine will cure the anxiety from the root where as xanax will only help in temporary symptomatic relief. Also if you are averse to taking medicines there is an option of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). This therapy is taken by either a psychologist or a psychiatrist in which the therapist identifies impaired cognitions (Thoughts) and try to correct them. They are 15-20 min weekly session and there should be around 8-10 sessions to help you with your illness. Hope I am able to answer your concerns. If you have any further query, I would be glad to help you. If not, you may close the discussion and if possible you may rate the answer for me, so that I get a good feedback. In future if you wish to contact me directly, you can use the below mentioned link: bit.ly/dr-srikanth-reddy Wish you good health, Kind regards Dr. Srikanth Reddy M.D.