Yes, I know You Are Not A Doctor. Neither am I. Yes, I know I Should See A Doctor. When I have my insurance sorted out, I absolutely shall.
MEANWHILE… I am trying to figure out what is going on in my leg. Or even just an effective way to describe it, so that when I do see a doctor, it will make some sense to him or her.
So I will describe it to you guys, to see if it rings bells with anyone.
This pain is not brand new, I’ve had it a number of times in my life going back I don’t know how long, but it has never been as persistent and disabling as it is at the moment.
I can be walking along with no problem, and suddenly, or semi-suddenly (meaning it develops over maybe 15-25 steps) I feel a stiffness in the back of my knee, and a pain that extends from that stiffness to the top of my calf, the bottom of my hamstring, and down into the top of my foot. If I continue to walk it becomes worse and worse with every step.
Usually, if I stop and either sit down and completely relax the leg, or even sometimes if I stand in one position but completely relax the left leg, putting all my weight on the right, the issue resolves when next I step on the left leg. Or at least, mellows out by a really significant margin. But lately it will start right back up again when I’ve gone enough steps.
Sometimes it is there the minute my feet hit the ground, after a long time lying down or sitting.
For the record, I’m extremely overweight (always have been) and I was born with hyperextending joints. Which cause my knees discomfort when I am lying down if my legs are straight out, I am much better with a little something under my knees. I am also pretty certain I have bursitis in my left hip. But as I say, this particular weird stiffness pain is not completely new, it’s just new for it to be so relentless.
So does this ring any bells for anyone? Sound like something you have heard of? Any ideas of what might be going on?