I was wondering if anyone could help me with this.
My Husband is now 28 years old and suffers from chronic pain in his left knee and hip. The pain started in February of 2007 and quickly became so bad he needs a cane to walk. He has weakness in his leg and it sometimes "gives out". He also will experience a pins and needles like tingling and a feeling like his leg is falling asleep while he walks if he's not taking his medication (Tramadol)
He's tried a variety of pills (a couple different steroids and NSAIDS, Cymbalta, Vicodin and Lyrica) The medications generally have no effect, except for the Lyrica and Vicodin. With those two the side effects are to much for him to deal with at his job. He's also been to physical therapy with no change except for some strengthening of the leg.
As far as Doctors go we've seen several. So far we've been to Two Neurologist, an Orthopedist, a Neurosurgeon, a Rhuemetologist, Podiatrist and a Doctor at John Hopkins' pain management center. None of them have given us any answers. We also tries herbal remedies and acupuncture, neither of which had any lasting effect on his pain (he would feel better for a day)
As far as tests go he's had a multitude of blood tests ruling out Lyme disease, drugs, hemochromitosis and lead poisoning among other things I can't remember. He had a five hour glucose tolerance test that did show he was mildly hypoglycemic. He's had an EMG which gave the doctors reason to look at his lower back. He had MRI's done of his lower back, knee, and hip that all revealed nothing. He had another EMG done a year and a half after the first and it showed no change. He's also had a full body bone scan which only revealed a small amount of arthritis in his other leg (his good knee).
It is definitely exacerbated by cold and humidity, and a heating pad relieves some pain. Walking, standing, and sitting all increase pain. It seems that only laying down or sitting on the bed with his legs straightened gives him any comfort.
We would be extremely grateful for any leads. Thanks!