For the past couple of months I've been getting a pain in my knee that comes and goes. It's been quite painful and making me limp/favour my left leg. The last time it came back, I saw a physiotherapist. After answering multiple questions about the pain and exercise (in my case, lack thereof), whilst lying down she moved my leg and knee around without much pain. Then whilst sitting down she had me put my chin to my chest, hands behind my back and lift my leg. Whilst I felt the stretch, it wasn't particularly painful which lead her to believe it wasn't a knee problem. She had me lay on my right side and then proceeded to prod, push, manipulate my left hip/lower side and all down my left thigh to my calf (very painful - I felt "beat up"). She then asked me walk around. The pain was less. She repeated the process twice more and when I walked around again - my knee pain was gone. Amazing!!!
I was pain free for about 3 weeks but it's back now and on top of the knee pain, I also have this awful pain and tightness in my left calf - so much so, that I'm having difficulty walking.
Every month I see a massage therapist for 60 mins which I find helps general pain management. I mentioned this to the physio and she advised me to ask the massage therapist to work on my left side to "release" something there (can't remember what she said was being released). At my recent massage the therapist worked my left side very hard. However, she also felt that I had "more wrong in my right side" and to mention this to the physio if I went back. That maybe what was wrong in my right side was causing the pain to the left. (fyi ... I'm not feeling pain in my right though)
As it stands at the moment, I'm struggling to walk with knee and calf pain and the physio is on holiday. To make matters worse, I can't stop peeing so getting up and down all the time is like rubbing salt in the wound so-to-speak!!
Does any of this sound familiar to anyone else? Is there anything else I should be doing or trying? I did think "clot", but then told myself to stop being a drama queen. However, I'm going to Florida early October so a bit worried about flight now too.
I'm 47 years old and have had SLE for 27 years. I've also got APS, Hyperthyroidism, Fibromyalgia and CKD. I'm on prednislone, hydroxychloroquine, asprin, thyroxine, gabapentin, desunin, calcium and painkillers.