What are the causes of throbbing pain in legs?

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    What are the causes of throbbing pain in legs?

    Pain in one or both legs can be caused by a variety of reasons. Leg pain can be uncomfortable, prevent standing for periods of time, or cause sleeplessness. The pain can range from being unimportant to life-threatening.

    Several factors contribute to leg pain. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Andrea Rinaldi)

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    Your physician will need important information such as when the pain began, the exact location, and frequency. Advise him of any injury, swelling, medical condition, or medications you are taking.

    Report all symptoms to your health professional. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of mirimcfly)

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    Leg pain can be due to trauma or injury, such as a bruise or broken bone. Other factors can include arthritis, poor blood circulation, blood clots, nerve damage from diabetes, or a tumour involving the bone or muscle.

    A previous injury can be a source of discomfort. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Geert Schneider)

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    Your health professional will perform a physical exam. Additional testing may be required, such as blood tests, ultrasound, or X-rays.

    Ultrasound can diagnose blood clots or poor blood flow. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Lauren Nelson)

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    Preventing leg pain depends on the cause. Stretching before physical activities avoids injury. Good nutrition can control blood sugar for diabetics and promote good blood flow. Many types of leg pain cannot be prevented.

    A healthy diet, not smoking, and exercise keeps arteries unclogged so blood can flow. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Taz)

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    Treatment is based on the cause. Ibuprofen is taken for arthritis or injury. Neurontin is effective for pain from nerve damage. Deep blood clots may require herapin, a blood thinner.

    Common pain relievers, like ibuprofen, can be taken for pain. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Charles Williams)

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    Long-Term Effects

    Pain can keep you from normal activities, cause stress, sleep disorders, and depression.

    Leg pain makes daily activity difficult. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Steve Evans)

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