I have had lifelong problems with my legs. I have tried three times to loose weight and exercise in the past 10 yrs and have stopped due to pain. Not long ago, I read a post from SP about a lady with severe medical issues who lost a ton of weight. I figured that if she could do it, so could I.
I started this time by riding a stationary bike. I figured it wouldn't be problematic since it was low impact. It has been about 6 weeks and I have hip pain. I had wanted to ask my dr about my leg issues and who I could speak to for help in finding safe exercises and my hip pain was a good excuse to go in. Long story short, I have ileotibial band syndrome coupled with bursitis.
When I told my dr my history, I found for the first time in my life, a person who seemed to understand. When I was young, my knees had TERRIBLE pain. A dr told me it was only growing pain. Having children of my own, it was not characteristic of that...though I do not doubt it was...just a different kind of growing pain. My parents eventually took me to a podiatrist who treated me for a few years until we moved. When my parents took me to a podiatrist in a new town, he said that he couldn't help me because I had torsion and the problem was farther up in my leg. Because he told my parents that it could only be fixed with surgery and there would only be problems when I was old, they did not pursue anything.
I told my dr that I did not think 45 would be old!!! I have had pain all of my life...though not constant. I did not realize until recently that I am (or actually more was) hypermobile. My knees have always bent backwards and when I was younger I had to be careful because they would suddenly buckle backwards while I was walking. A few of my children can also do hypermobile things. My oldest dd also has legs just like mine. I had taken her to an orthopedist and he insisted that there was nothing wrong with her.
As my dr looked at me, he told me that I either have scoliosis or leg length difference...he could not tell clearly. He is sending me to a physiacist. He told me to expect xrays and he was appalled that no one had ever xrayed me.
When I left, my dr thanked me for coming in and told me that I was fascinating. Honestly, I'd rather be completely boring. I am a little terrified to hear what someone thinks of me and I am a little afraid to know what all of the problems actually are. My dr seems to think I have femoral torsion AND tibial torsion....and that is NOT good news. And to add in scoliosis and/or leg difference....uggh!!!! I do not want surgery unless I absolutely need it. This is more for prevention of the future problems...and for my dd...and for my grandchildren.
I thought I'd join here because I thought you'd all understand years of pain and strange joint issues. I somewhat suspect ED. Just last night, dh and I were talking and I told him how crazy my drs were when I was little. I had one who took my blood on every visit because I always had bruises on my legs. Strangely, I see that easy bruising can be a ED sign. But I don't have that anymore. And funny....both my father and my dh have always told their wives (my mother and me) how incredibly soft their skin is. Perhaps it is all coincidental...I don't know.
| current weight: 210.0