Leg pains: how to recognize if it is a serious condition based on the symptoms and intensity of the pain.
Leg pains occur very often at the end of the day and are accompanied by a feeling of swelling. After too long standing or sitting there is an accumulation of fluids and therefore poor circulation, resulting in swollen legs and ankles.
In other more serious cases, however, leg pain is chronic and is associated with swelling and heaviness . In this case it is advisable to consult your doctor to see if you are dealing with serious circulation problems or some type of inflammation . Let’s see, therefore, what are the symptoms, the causes and the situations in which the pain is attributable to a serious problem.
Leg pain: causes and symptoms
It goes without saying that muscle pain is the most frequent symptom for this disorder, but not only: this is often accompanied or preceded by swelling and / or heaviness. These unpleasant sensations, if they become unbearable, must be treated with the help of a specialist doctor , who will make an accurate diagnosis to establish the causes during the visit. These can be different depending on the problem and where the pain is. In general, the causes may be following a trauma or coming from other pathologies that must be investigated by specialist medical examinations.
The first diagnosis that the doctor makes takes into account these factors : if the pain is accompanied by other symptoms (swelling, a sense of heaviness, heat, or if it is accompanied by other symptoms such as back pain); the position where it hurts (pain in the legs from the knee down, or the opposite, joint pain at the knee); and if they were sudden or had already been present for some time. Or they could also be cramps .
Muscle aches in the legs: when is it severe?
When you experience pain in a single limb with a swollen , hot leg and soft edema, it could be a thrombosis . You will quickly understand that it is time to see a doctor because the pain is quite intense and the appearance of your leg will be different than usual.
If, on the other hand, the pain is localized in the knee or hip it could be arthritis . It usually comes on suddenly with stiffness in the affected joint. The only temporary way to fix the problem is to move. With an x-ray it will be possible to verify whether or not it is arthritis.
In the case of sciatica , however, there is an intense pain that starts from the lower back and extends to the back of the thigh. In severe cases it reaches up to the side leg and foot. It is therefore an inflammation of the sciatic nerve that can be caused by a herniated disc or a vertebral arthrosis. The first pain you feel is a twinge that can be mild to constant and similar to an electric shock . In the most acute cases, a stinging and stabbing pain is felt as soon as a wrong movement is made. As a result, you may feel tingling in the foot or even difficulty in controlling the movements of the leg.
Leg pains at night
During the night, you may feel an unpleasant sensation in your legs and an uncontrollable need to move them while resting. This is a condition known as restless legs syndrome . It usually occurs while you are trying to fall asleep and sometimes you need to get out of bed and walk a bit to get some relief.
However, it is a neurological pathology that can be resolved with the right diet and possibly supplements and indications from the attending physician.
ultimo aggiornamento: 26-08-2020