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    Brief Medical History Overview

    Age: 27, Female, Presenting Problem Since: 8 weeks, Symptom Behaviour: Remaining constant, Symptoms Worse (24hr Behaviour): First thing in the morning and late at night with some flare ups in the day, No Investigations, No Diabetes, No history of High Blood Pressure, No Medications, No Osteoporosis, No Hx of Cancer, No Unexplained Weight Loss, No Bowel/Bladder issues

    Persistent lateral lower leg pains

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    Iíve had a persistent pain in my right lower leg for over 8 weeks and it is now mirrored in my left leg too. The pain mainly strikes on the outside of the lower leg just below the knee but is also frequent a couple or inches or so up from my ankle.

    Sporadically Iíll get a bit of pain in the back of my calves an inch or so below my knee joint and near my shins.

    Iíd describe the pain as sharp and it seems to stay specifically in whatever spot it strikes rather than radiate or shoot up or down.

    It doesnít seem to be exacerbated with movement other than some tightness with walking, it seems to come on randomly while sitting still or lying in bed.

    I have called my GP three times who has told me to do leg stretching exercises for another 6 weeks and come back to them after that but so far no effect.

    I have just had a private physio appointment and there are no immediately obvious causes so we are working on the assumption there is an issue with my lower back.

    I was just wondering if anyone had any advice or theories that might help me solve this faster because it is really affecting my quality of life at the moment!

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    Re: Persistent lateral lower leg pains

    Hi Sheff93,

    Difficult to say without a proper clincal examination. However, I hope to help you somehow.

    Need to know more about your case. How would you describe your pain? What job do you do? Any sports? Physical activity? Have you recently changed your physical activities/habits? Do you recall having minor traumas? Any medical issues with your family?

    Assuming you are properly performing stretching, muscle problems do not seem to be the main reason of your problem.

    Knee disorders may sometimes give those signs and symptoms you described. Therefore, attention should be addressed to this joint as well the ankle joint.

    As your physio thought, the spine may be a plausible reason of your pain. This is also supported by the fact that your symptoms are bilateral. Monitoring of symptoms behaviour during spine postures/movements is key and guides the physio to rule in/out sources of pain.

    Hoping to hear from you soon.

    Regards


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    Re: Persistent lateral lower leg pains

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    Lateral just below the knee is where the peroneal nerve runs:
    Peroneal nerve - Mayo Clinic

    is your ankle weak ie. do you have some foot drop?



 
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