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Leg pain

Leg pain: Introduction

Pain can arise from a variety of causes ranging from accidental trauma to nerve conditions. Pain-like sensations often described as pins-and-needles, prickling or burning sensations are called paresthesias; see leg paresthesias. All pain or pain-like sensations need prompt medical investigation....more »

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Causes of Leg pain:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Leg pain. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Leg pain

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Causes of Types of Leg pain:

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Leg pain: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Leg pain, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Leg pain Treatments

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Stories from Users for Leg pain

Real-life user stories relating to Leg pain:

Message Boards for Leg pain

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Leg pain or relevant symptoms:

Diagnostic tests for Leg pain:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Leg pain. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Watch walking and nature of any limp
    • Inspect and feel legs for size and symmetry, any bruises, swellings, discoloration, tenderness, ulcers or rashes. If focal tenderness, swelling or redness of the skin this would suggest cellulitis, superficial thrombophlebitis, osteomyelitis or lymphangitis. If there is tenderness without swelling or redness this may suggest bursitis or deep venous thrombosis
    • Inspect pattern of any visible or bulging leg veins
    • Examine lumbosacral spine, if suspect leg pain may be referred from spine
    • Feel the pulses in the legs - if reduced or absent should suggest arterial embolism, peripheral atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) or obstruction of the abdominal aorta and its branches by atherosclerosis.
    • Examine the lymph nodes in groin
  • more tests...»

Leg pain: Animations

Medications or substances causing Leg pain:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Leg pain as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Leg pain: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Leg pain may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Leg pain

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Leg pain. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist here.

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Leg pain: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Leg pain

RLS sleep disorder causing night-time leg sensations often misdiagnosed: A common but relatively unknown sleep-related disorder called Restless more »

Leg cramps at night a classic sign: The symptom of having leg muscle cramps, particularly at night, is a classic sign of undiagnosed diabetes. However, there are also various more »

Vitamin B12 deficiency under-diagnosed: The condition of Vitamin B12 deficiency is a possible misdiagnosis of various conditions, such as multiple sclerosis (see symptoms of multiple sclerosis) more »

Leg pain: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Leg pain: Undiagnosed Conditions

Conditions that are commonly undiagnosed in related areas may include:

Causes of Leg pain listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Leg pain as a symptom include:

Organs affected by Leg pain:

The list of organs typically affected by Leg pain may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Leg pain

The list below shows some of the causes of Leg pain mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Leg pain?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Leg pain. Of the 214 causes of Leg pain that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 5 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 8 causes are "common" diseases
  • 3 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 5 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 200 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Leg pain:

The following list of conditions have 'Leg pain' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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  • Varicose veins ... leg cramps, leg muscle cramps, leg aches after standing still

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Causes of Leg pain Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Leg pain based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Leg pain?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Leg pain, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Leg pain:

    Subtypes of Leg pain:

    Calf pain (38 causes), Leg cramps (13 causes), Thigh pain (26 causes), Leg pain on walking (9 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Leg pain:

    Pain (6458 causes), Leg symptoms (2751 causes), Sensations (6520 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes), Common symptoms (8589 causes), Limb symptoms (3592 causes), Pain symptoms (6458 causes), Sensory symptoms (7134 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Arm symptoms (1619 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes)

    Symptoms related to Leg pain:

    Leg rash (15 causes), Leg injury, Foot pain (206 causes), Ankle pain (56 causes), Knee pain (122 causes), Muscle strain (8 causes), Ligament strain, Over-exertion or injury, Previous knee injury, Previous hip injury, Shin splints, Stress fractures (7 causes), Compartment syndromes, Patellofemoral problems, Degenerative joint disease, Intermittent claudication (22 causes)

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    Medical News summaries about Leg pain

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    Evidence Based Medicine Research for Leg pain

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