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Calf pain, leg pain before menstruation - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 06-Nov-2013
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Very Good Posted in: Menstruation and Miscarriage
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User:Hi doctor
Doctor:How can I help you?
User:am XXXXXXX wife
User:can i talk to a lady doctor pls
Doctor:I am sorry, lady doctor is currently unavailable.
User:ok thanks..
User:will contact later
Doctor:If you do not wish to discuss with me, you can try chatting
Doctor:in the evening.
Doctor:at around 6pm.
Doctor:One doctor might be available then.
Doctor:*7pm would be a good option.
Doctor:Hope that's fine with you.
User:i have pain in calf
User:may i know wat will be thereason
Doctor:Calf pain occurs due to wide range of conditions.
Doctor:Can you explain further to help me find the cause.
Doctor:I would like to know since when is it hurting?
User:am 26 years old... and my periods just got over a day before...
User:i generally get leg pain a day before my mensuration
User:but i got it later this time
User:and its quite painful
User:at calf region
Doctor:So its paining since a day or did is it more than a day?
User:its paining from this morning
Doctor:Are you able to walk?
User:ya.. i can bear the pain
Doctor:Is the calf swollen?
Doctor:Are you there?
User:no its not swollen
Doctor:Are you on birth control pills?
Doctor:Do you have any other medical problems like diabetes, anemia, thyroid problems?
User:no doctor.. am not taking any birth control pills.. and i dont have any such medical prob
Doctor:Let me brief you.
Doctor:The most serious condition associated with calf pain is venous thrombosis (blood clots).
Doctor:Here the pain is very severe and the pain worsens while walking.
Doctor:Since you are able to walk, I do not expect you to have venous thrombosis.
Doctor:Now, since the pain started abruptly without injury
Doctor:the pain may be due to hormonal changes or other systemic problem.
Doctor:Two possible reasons that I think of at this point of time
Doctor:1. As you pointed out, perhaps menstrual hormone fluctuation could have caused a delayed pain.
Doctor:2. Bleeding may have resulted in anemia and iron deficiency
Doctor:which can cause calf pains too.
Doctor:Apart from this two condition
Doctor:if you have had subclinical hypothyroidism
Doctor:worsening state can cause the calf pain too.
User:no doctore
Doctor:*subclinical hypothyroidism is a condition where patient has no clinical symptoms
Doctor:the condition is diagnosed only by tests.
User:oh ok
Doctor:Therefore at this point of time, my advise would be
Doctor:1. Drink plenty of fluids and healthy food.
Doctor:You need to take plenty of fruits and green leafy vegetables.
Doctor:if you are a non vegetarian prefer to eat meat and other non veg food
Doctor:to counter iron deficient state.
Doctor:2. Avoid physical exertion - climbing, jumping and running.
Doctor:3. If the pain is severe, you can try pain killer like mefenamic acid (meftal tablets)
Doctor:twice a day for 2-3 days.
Doctor:4. If the pain persist for more than 3 days or
Doctor:if the pain worsens in intensity
Doctor:visit a doctor for clinical examination.
User:ok doctor.. thanks a lot for briefing me in detail
Doctor:The doctor can check for signs of vascular problems, perform blood test to rule out anemia and thyroid problems.
Doctor:Specific treatment can be planned accordingly.
Doctor:Hope it is clear to you.
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:yes its very clear
User:no other queries
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
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