Pressure Pain

By silver.lily Latest Reply 2009-03-09 11:06:49 -0500
Started 2009-03-04 22:34:28 -0600

Have you ever sat on a chair that was to high and your legs dangeled causing pressure pain under your legs?
I have been having this pain behind my right leg for almost two weeks now. Sometimes the senssation goes down to my toes and one day it seemed to affect all the way to my hip and right arm.
I went to Chiropractor thinking I had something pinched, but it hasn't helped and today the pain is worse than ever.
I have no Doctor and no insurance. The Chiropractor only charged me $35 which is way less than a regular Dr would charge but now I think the money was not well spent.
I have been eatting more potassium for leg cramps and the cramps went away for a while but now they are back with this additional problem. I am really worried but don't have the $100 to go see the Dr. and the tiny town I live in has realy limited options… If you have any advice I would be eternally grateful!

8 replies

MeiMei 2009-03-09 11:06:49 -0500 Report

All of these are good ideas. One thing you might think about is a footstool. Raise your feet up a little so you don't have the pressure on the back of the legs, it could be as simple as relieving the pressure. Or it could be as complex as peripheral artery disease. Get yourself to a free clinic and have yourself checked out. At least have your blood sugar checked. If you know a friend close by who has a blood glucose meter see if they can do your blood sugar.

2009-03-06 06:16:41 -0600 Report

Everybody has some good ideas. I had this problem when I was first diagnosed. All the minerals in my body, including, potassium, bottomed out. I had the tingle problem in my right leg but only when I tried to sleep. My potassium level has come back up and it's still happening. I really think it's because of several slip discs I have in my back from a car wreck I had a few years ago. It's just strange it came back when the potassium bottomed out. Good luck and feel better, Angie

BeckyJ 2009-03-05 11:50:57 -0600 Report

This could be a sign of a mineral deficency. Mom had same syptoms around a six months ago ran some tests and found out her Magnesium was low which can lead to leg cramps and poor circulation. With Diabetics and even pre-diabetics this can happen very easily when you are dehydrated. I'm not sure if they are available where you're at but we have a clinc that operates out of the local health department. They offer sliding scale payments based on your income and sometimes are even free. Went there before I was eligible for general assistance from SRS and it only cost around $10 a visit, $15 for labs. They also gave me a new meter and 50 test strips until I was able to get help from the manufacturer. I just called the health department and they were able to help out. Now I am seeing doctors in another clinic who accept the medical card, they were referred by the health dept clinic and have and Endo on staff.

silver.lily 2009-03-05 11:40:44 -0600 Report

I haven't been to Dr for a long time about a year I think. I was diagnosed pre-diabetes 3 years ago. I am not on any meds, and I can't find my meter. Since I don't know where my sugar levels are I can't say how uncontrolled it is but I have been sleepy lately, which does raise red flags.
-The Chiropractor said my neck and mid back were out a bit but said it all went into place easily. I have felt some relief from that but not as much in my leg as I thought I would.
-I don't lift weights and the last few weeks I have been taking it faily easy at Curves, it's definetly less strenous than doing a Richard Simmons workout. (haha)
-The pain in my leg mostly just feels like a lot of pressure just above and behind my knee. Then I will get some tingling feelings down to my toes. When the tingling starts, the pain above my knee will worsen. I will find myself absently rubbing that area and standing with all my weight on the left leg.

GabbyPA 2009-03-05 07:14:54 -0600 Report

You want to be careful about the potassium, too much is not a good thing either. Another thing beside what has been already suggested is checking your water intake. I tend to cramp more when I am not well hydrated.
My concern too could be something deeper. As I don't know the pain you are suffering, this could also be a sign of an obstruction in your veins.
I found a clinic in my small town that helped me out a lot. I only pay $13 for labs and NP visits. To see the doctor was more, but still less than $60. Call you local hospital and ask for the "Cheritable Services" department. They are who put me in contact with the clinic I now use.
Like others have said, I would not wait. Often the clinics will also allow payments, mine does. That is a life saver, literally.

jsd2005 2009-03-05 02:03:38 -0600 Report

Your comment leads me to a number of questions. How long have you been diabetic? What kind of control do you maintain? Are you oral, diet or insulin controlled?

This type of pain sounds like a nerve pain. Possibly sciatica, possibly nerve pain from the diabetes. It's so difficult to say without examining you. What did the chiropractor say?

If you are a weight lifter have you ever had this type of injury before? Does it feel similar, does it feel different, what were you doing when it started? Does it go away on it's own, is there anything you do or anything you take that does help?

Describe the pain. Is is shooting and stabbing, constant or intermittent? Do you have any pain or discomfort in the low back or does is start at the hip area? Any pain in the groin. These are all questions any physician or nurse will ask you, if you are seen. It will give them a better idea of what the pain may be and where it is coming from and the cause.

I would suggest you see a clinic for advice and treatment, if you are unable to walk into an ED or primary care physician for treatment. Don't wait though.

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LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-03-04 23:14:03 -0600 Report

I'm assuming you're on this site because you're diabetic. The problem could be several things and could be serious. With diabetics anything like that is definitely something to not treat lightly. I encourage you to check around and perhaps locate a doctor or clinic that will take you on a sliding scale based on your income and ability to pay. There's a chance you've just pulled something, etc., but, if it was me I would definitely make a concerted effort to have it checked.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-03-04 23:16:57 -0600 Report

I just read your profile and notice that you work out 4-5 times a week. There's a good likelyhood that your pain and discomfort comes from something you did while working out. I would still suggest getting it looked at, however.