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Help! My legs hurt so much.

Aches and pains are common in human bodies, and they come and go. Normally, these aren't a major source of concern or importance. However, if your aches are unexplained, persistent, and affecting your quality of life, you should seek medical help.

Pain in the thighs, hamstrings, lower leg, and calf is common. Wear and tear, overuse, or injury to joints, bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, or other soft tissues cause the majority of pain.

 Other factors include blood clots, varicose veins, and poor circulation. Leg pain can present itself in a number of ways, including acute, dull, heavy, aching, or burning sensations. It might be chronic or intermittent, and it might improve or worse with exercise or rest. There might be additional signs and symptoms as well.

While walking, standing, or exercising, patients may suffer disability, pain, or discomfort, which is reduced by rest. This is known as claudication, and it is caused by blood vessel constriction.

Ischemia (abnormally low oxygen levels in the tissues) causes sharp, excruciating pain that might be followed by numbness or paralysis.

People suffering from neuropathy describe their pain as a burning feeling, whilst those suffering from sciatica describe their agony as acute and severe. Changes in sensation may accompany sciatica along the route of the irritated nerve root.

Restless legs syndrome is linked to leg cramps and nighttime discomfort. Peripheral artery disease (PAD): A reduction in arterial blood flow due to narrowing arteries can cause pain in one or both legs.

Blood clots in an artery can totally block blood flow, denying tissues oxygen and cause severe discomfort. Deep venous thrombosis (blood clots in a vein) has a “damming” effect, causing redness, swelling, warmth, and discomfort.

 

Leg pain can be serious and delaying treatment could have adverse effects on your health. 

We are just a call or click away. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with PeachState Advanced Cardiac & Endovascular. We have several locations in Georgia: Newnan, Atlanta, & Griffin.

Author
Kelly Miles Current Director of Business Development & Operations at PeachState Advanced Cardiac & Endovascular- PACE. Kelly has a passion for helping others navigate the healthcare industry and ensuring quality outcomes. She lives in Newnan, GA with her husband and children.

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