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