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I had quite a scare this past week. I woke up in the middle of the night with extreme calf pain in both of my legs. It wasn't like a charley horse or anything because the sharp pain was the entire calf and different from a muscle cramp. It's very difficult to explain and something I have never experienced before. It let up enough for me to go back to sleep, but my legs were still a bit sore the entire next day. I thought back and couldn't think of anything I did physically that would have caused this. However, I did travel in the car over Christmas for a few hours. I'm not paranoid about having another stroke, but of course my imagination got the best of me and I started envisioning all these blood clots forming in my legs. I got myself so concerned I nearly cried. So, instead of doing that, I just called my doctor.
The nurses weren't quite as concerned as I was. But, that is probably good. I didn't need a nurse to freak out on me while I was so freaked out myself. She just tol...
Alternative Names Neuropathy - tibial nerve Symptoms Sensation changes on the bottom of the foot
Numbness , tingling, or other abnormal sensations
Pain Weakness of the knee or foot, difficulty with walking Signs and tests Neuromuscular examination of the legs shows tibial nerve dysfunction. There may be weakness or inability to push the foot downward (plantar flexion). Severe cases may cause wasting of the foot muscles and foot deformity. Tests that reveal tibial nerve dysfunction may include: EMG (a recording of electrical activity in muscles) Nerve conduction tests (recording of electrical activity along the nerve) Nerve biopsy Tests are done based on the suspected cause of the dysfunction suggested by the patient's history, symptoms, and pattern of symptom development. They may include various blood tests, x-rays, scans, or other tests.
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a mystery. Every year 15,000 people in the United States are affected. After trauma of some kind to the arm or leg, pain and other symptoms persist long after healing has taken place. There are many theories to explain what went wrong but no known causes. In this study scientists find evidence to support the idea of nerve damage as a possible mechanism. Skin biopsies were taken from 18 adults with CRPS-I. CRPS-I is one of two types of CRPS. In this type patients don't have a known nerve injury. Skin biopsy is a sensitive test of small nerve fiber damage. Researchers counted the number of neurites (nerve endings). The loss of neurites may cause pain by triggering an overresponse on the part of the rest of the neurons still left. Seven control subjects were also biopsied. The control group had similar symptoms from traumatic injury or knee osteoarthritis but they didn't have CRPS. The scientists wanted to see if neurite losses occur with trauma of ...
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