Pain in the legs can suck the joy out of life. It can affect mobility, forcing one to give up their favorite activities, and limit what they can do. There are so many different kinds and causes beyond a simple leg cramp. Usually chronic leg pain has to do with a condition in one or more tissues. Blood vessels, nerve damage, muscle, ligament, or tendon injuries and more can cause leg pain. Usually, pain in this area is the result of a disease or inflammation. Pain in one part of the body such as the lower back can also radiate down into the legs. Other symptoms need to be taken in consideration when diagnosing leg pain.
These include numbness, weakness, or any tingling sensations. Those with diabetes often experience peripheral neuropathy. That is when elevated blood sugar is left unmitigated for an extended period of time, allowing it to damage bodily tissues, many times the nerves. This nerve damage usually occurs in the legs and feet. Tingling in the legs or numbness can accompany or precede this condition.
Deep vein thrombosis is a cardiovascular condition that can cause pain in the thigh. Here a blood clot gets lodged into a vein in the upper leg. This can be very dangerous as a portion of it can break off and get stuck in a cardiac or the carotid artery, causing a heart attack or stroke. For those with arthritis, knee and ankle pain are common. The first thing a physician should do besides take one’s vitals and a medical history, is to find exactly what kind of pain sensation the person is experiencing and where it is located.
To help you or your doctor get to the bottom of it, recognize the severity of the pain. Where does it stem from? What kind of sensation is it (burning, aching, stabbing) and when does it occur? Be sure to address chronic leg pain with a physician. Pain in the legs can be a symptom of a much larger problem so it is important to have it checked out.