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Causes, Symptoms and Home Remedies for Leg Pain
Leg cramps are an involuntary contraction of a single muscle or a group of muscles in the leg. These are usually painful and extremely discomforting. Leg cramps often occur in elderly patients though age is no criteria as it is often seen in young people too. Leg cramps generally occur in the calf muscle, the hamstring and the quadriceps. The duration of a leg cramp ranges from less than a minute to several minutes at times.
Night leg cramps or nocturnal leg cramps are problematic because they can be excruciating when they strike. This could therefore leave you completely incapacitated and writhing in agony for the duration that the cramp lasts. Restless leg syndrome is not the same as night leg cramps and although similar, the two should not be confused. Leg cramps during pregnancy are known to also be problematic, but these are mostly caused simply by the additional stress and strain on the muscles, and this symptom will accordingly pass on with delivery.
Causes of Leg Pain
If you have suffered an injury to the bone, muscle or tendon of your leg, it's easy to connect these injuries to leg pain and seek treatment. Sometimes, however, the cause of leg pain is not crystal clear. Vascular disorders involving the vessels that carry blood and lymph throughout the body can cause blood clots or varicose veins. Blood clots, known as deep vein thrombosis, often result from prolonged bed rest.
Atherosclerosis or narrowed arteries is a condition that can impair circulation so that less blood reaches your legs. In this case, you might feel pain during exercise that's called claudication which feels like a sharp cramp when you walk or run.