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