I'm a 16 year old male, and for the past few years, I've noticed that when I stand idle for 4 or 5 minutes, my legs begin to badly itch, from the knee down to my toes, and when I look at them are red and blotchy. It goes away when I walk for a bit though.

Now for the past month or so, I've noticed this mild pain in both my legs. It really is mild, perhaps a 1 or 2 on the scale of 1-10, but it is there. I used to get growing pains at night when I was younger in my legs, and it feels like that, but it's been more of less constant for a month now. The thing is, it keeps moving around. Like, one minute I'll have pain concentrated right up by my hip, and then it'll move down to concentrate on my left calf and so on. It doesn't get worse when I walk around or exercise.

I went to the doctor about it, roughly a year ago, but he dismissed it as something to do with growing, and considering there's no swelling, he didn't think it was serious. Does anyone here know what this could be? I assume it's something to do with circulation, but I'm not sure how serious it is. I've done the edema test of pressing my finger into my skin just above both ankles, and held it there for about a minute, but the skin just bounces back fine.

If anyone has experienced this before, or knows what it is, it would be greatly appreciated. Or if you think I should go back to the doctor's, let me know your opinion.

Thanks in advance.
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replied March 27th, 2011
Hello and thank you for posting your health query on E health Forum.

From the history provided it seems that you might be having polycythemia vera or excess blood cell production.

You might consult hematologist for a physical examination, blood tests and an ultrasound , which might be useful for a definitive diagnosis.

I hope this helps.


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