- CASE FILE
I woke up one day with pain and swelling in my left leg. It was reddish-purple in color, and double in size. The drs have no diagnosis.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
After 5 months of recovering from knee pain caused by jogging, I was finally able to run again! I ran a 5k, and I noticed my shoe laces were a little tight. I did not fix them because it wasn't that bothersome. I felt a little pain in my left foot the next day, but nothing that slowed me down. Then I ran on the treadmill three days later, and made sure the shoe laces were comfortable. I had no issues. Two days later, I woke with my left foot in pain and it was swollen to nearly double in size. I am a veteran, and I use the VA hospital; so my primary care sent me for x-rays. They showed nothing. I was put in a walking boot and followed up 2 weeks later, for more x-rays. Still nothing. I was given 800 mg of Motrin for the inflammation, and told to stay off of it as much as possible. A couple of months later, I noticed there was swelling in my ankle and calf. I went back to the doctor who sent me to a podiatrist. I was given an MRI, and they used a sonogram to check for blockages, and blood tests were run. Everything came back "normal" so I was told once again to take Motrin and stay off of it. It is now 8 months later, and I can't wear anything except sneakers, and though the swelling is down, it is not gone. If I walk too much, whatever "too much" is, it swells, turns reddish-purple and hurts still. But if I stay off of it, the swelling stays down and there is no pain. The podiatrist told me "some things just can't be diagnosed." I'm not convinced of this. I think they check what is obvious, and once all of that is ruled out, they stop looking. 14 years ago I was shoe shopping and somehow caused my right foot to swell and there was a tremendous amount of pain. I saw five specialist and never got a diagnosis for that either. The last doctor I saw said "You can keep trying to find a diagnosis, but the fact remains, you have to live with this." The only thing that has helped my right foot was acupuncture. It still swells, but not as bad as my left foot does now. So, for now, I have semi-matching swollen feet and no diagnosis for either. I would like to know what is happening, so maybe I don't have to just "live with it" the rest of my life.