There are many conditions or symptomatic complexities that can make your legs feel sore, tired and painful.
In order to determine the cause of the pain, you must first try to define the pain by examining the following questions:
Damage to the nervous system can produce a variety of chronic pain syndromes in the leg.
Injury in one location may actually cause pain in another. For example,
a back injury that affects the sciatic nerve will cause pain in the back of
Other examples of nerve pain include:
MYOFASCIAL PAIN SYNDROMES
Also called fibromyositis ("myositis" means inflammation of muscle tissue) or fibromyalgia ("myalgia" means muscle pain), myofascial pain syndromes result following chronic injury to muscles and their surrounding connective tissue. The disorder is characterized by aching pain, tenderness and stiff muscles, and mainly affects areas where a tendon connects to other muscles. There may or may not be an associated or underlying condition.
When arteries harden and become blocked, circulation decreases, resulting in achy, crampy, tired feeling legs. This condition, called intermittent claudication, occurs when your muscles are not receiving all the oxygen they need, and usually occurs during exercise or anytime you walk long distances. You will typically feel pain in the calf, but the pain can also arise in the foot, thigh, hip or buttocks. You can relieve symptoms with rest, though they will recur when you try to walk or exercise again.
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Bone pain is often due to shin splints, periostitis or stress fractures. Typically, the anterior compartment muscles – the three muscles that lie directly beside the lower leg bone on the front of the leg are affected, usually following running type exercises.
RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME
If your legs feel uncomfortable in any position, particularly during rest and sleeping, and you feel the need to constantly move them, you may have a condition called restless leg syndrome. The cause of this condition is unknown.
Treatment of any type of leg pain relies on the proper diagnosis. The first step in generalized leg pain is to determine the system that is involved before defining the specifics.
Analgesics – non-narcotic and narcotic – are used to help relieve
Here is a list of some popular nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) used for mild to moderate pain. A prescription is required for these drugs.
Narcotic analgesics require a prescription and are used for moderate
to severe pain. These are typically opioids, and include propoxyphene, codeine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and morphine. They are often combined with aspirin and acetaminophen. Narcotic analgesics
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