Left Leg Pain: Some Causes and Treatments


Left leg pain is a symptom and a common ailment, as is right leg pain. The most common causes of both right and left leg pain are usually the following:

  • Muscle problems – fatigamuscular cramps, sprain, injury, or diminution of certain minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium in a person’s body (particularly when taking diuretics) simple muscle spasms or “cramps”
  • Problems with veins like – Dilation of veins (varicose veins) & Inflammation of veins (phlebitis) and develop blood clots (thrombophlebitis)
  • Artery diseases (vessels that carry blood from heart to the legs)

  • Narrowed arteries by atherosclerosis, causing claudicating intermittent, where typically the pain is always with the same amount of exercise and disappears at rest

  • Thrombosed arteries that are blocked by fragments of blood clots (thrombus), causing acute clinical ischemia, establishing abruptly

  • Problems with joint: osteoarthritis, dislocations, sprains, meniscal or ligament rupture, infection, inflammation of joints (arthritis and gout)

  • Nerve problems – peripheral neuropathy (damage to the nerves) common in people with diabetes, alcoholics and smokers, causing pain or weakness in one or both legs, or sensory disturbances, such as tingling, numbness, or sensations of being pricked by needles

  • Sciatica, which is caused by a pinched nerve leaving the spinal canal, leading to pain in the left or right leg.

  • Drugs like allopurinol and coricosteroides


How Is Left Leg Pain Treated?

The treatment of the left leg pain mostly pain depends on the cause. Here are few home remedies for treating the pain:

  • Take the maximum amount of rest possible, it will help the muscles in the left leg to recover

  • Raise the leg once in a while

  • You can take over the counter pain medications that do not require a prescription, like acetaminophen or ibuprofen

  • Medication isn’t always the way to go there’s plenty of good natural pain relief methods.
  • Gently stretch and massage the cramping muscles

  • Apply a pack of ice for about 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times on a daily basis

  • All other causes require proper diagnostic process, and a specific treatment depending on the severity of the disease and patient’s general conditions

You Must Immediately Consult A Doctor, In Case Of Left Leg Pain When:

  • The pain is too severe

  • It increases with every passing moment

  • Difficulty in movement

  • The leg is inflated

  • Reddish marks on the skin of the left leg.

  • You develop high fever

  • The pain becomes sever while walking /exercising and decreases with rest.

  • If you notice any discoloration of the leg (for example, if is black or blue).

  • If it is pale or cold

  • If you are taking any medications, which may be the cause of the pain, do not stop taking them before consulting the doctor.

Prevention Of Left Leg Pain

In most cases, pain in the left leg can be prevented by:

  • Drinking plenty of water (3 to 3.5 liters daily)

  • Walking daily or exercising 5 times a week,

  • Avoiding excessive consumption of alcohol

  • Not indulging in physically strenuous activities etc

 

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