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Leg Pain in evenings since childhood

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  • Posted By: diazsimone
  • June 12, 2008
  • 02:17 AM

I have had leg pains since I was a young child. When I was little my Mom said I would cry because the pains were so bad. My Mom repeatedly took me to the doctor and was repeatedly told it was "growing pains" or that I had "played to hard". She finally gave up and I learned to live with it. I am now 34 and the pain is more frequent now after the birth of my son. The pain only comes in the evenings after I have settled down or gone to bed and it radiates from my calves all the way up to my thigh. Sometimes I try to ignore it but I eventually end up getting up to go and take some Tylenol otherwise I will be awake and in pain all night. They never go away on their own. When I was younger I would take a hot bath, get leg massages and sleep with my legs elevated. I used to think it was from over exertion but now that I have had my son I also realize that it occurs after I have done nothing other than sit with him all day. I think it may be related to poor circulation or something. Any insight is appreciated.

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  • HiThe only thing that I can suggest is that you might have a congenital malformation of, or varicosed, vein? Am wondering whether a dopler/ultrasound exam on your leg veins might throw some light on this.Best wishesElisa
    ElisaDoolittle 20 Replies Flag this Response
  • Simone, I agree with Elisa that it could be some kind of congenital malformation on your veins or arteries. I have some ideas, but plese tell me, is the pain worse in any of your legs or are they the same? Also, does the pain get better when you lie down with your legs up? Does it get any better when you sit? This is important to know to be able to tell where to look. Far from all lesions can be detected with ultrasound, especially not if the lesion is higher up in the system. Since the condition has become worse after your pregnancy, it could even more indicate that it has to do with your circulatory system. A pregnancy very often worsens these problems. I wish you the best.
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