It’s 3 p.m. on a Monday afternoon and you’re feeling pretty good about making your way through more than 80 percent of your emails and completing the work you had scheduled to be done on deadline. Then it happens: That jolting discomfort and pain in your legs returns. You’ve been ignoring it and writing it off as an issue from not getting up often enough from the desk throughout the day. So you make your way to the coffee station to stretch and pour the last cup of Joe to get through the rest of the work day.
Shooting Pain In Your Legs
This symptom can be easily identified because the pain is sharp and coming from an exact location. Most cases of pain in the back of the legs is due to sciatica. This is a condition where the piriformis muscle in the buttocks gets irritated from over activity or inactivity and rubs the sciatic nerve which then radiates along the path of the nerve into your leg. It may be painful to walk or even stand up and could even cause numbness. Relief can be found by doing stretches and dedicated motions to stretch the muscle.
Sometimes the pain in your legs is actually cramping. Cramping of the legs is a common symptom that can occur for many reasons. If you’re doing more walking or running than usual, you may notice your legs start to cramp up as they work to bring your body forward. Getting better shoes to support your feet or taking it easier on your body can help to curb the cramping. Other leg cramping can be brought about by growing pains or even a lack of magnesium. For some,leg cramping can also be a sign of dehydration. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you’re unable to pinpoint where your leg cramps are coming from or cannot find a way to diminish the pain.
Achy, Heavy Feeling Legs
This is one of the most ignored forms of pain in your legs, and also one of the most serious. Heavy and achy feelings in the legs indicate there’s something going on internally, in the veins. The pain could even be felt in areas such as the pelvic region or the uterine walls. While varicose veins may result, the danger lies in the larger issues that could form such as clotting of the blood or loss of circulation. This is not something you want to ignore. Veins pump oxygen straight to the heart the chances of death are great when ignored.
If you’re worried you may have varicose veins or a similar condition, don’t wait to talk to a vein specialist. Schedule a free vein consultation to determine if you have vein disease and discuss your varicose vein treatment options.