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Having burning feeling in my legs. What could this be?

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Hello Doc,

I have a burning feeling in my legs when I stay stand up or even walk for more than 30 minutes. Funny side of the story is that I am a dancer and it hurts less when I dance for hours. Also I am a professional athlete but nothing happens when I run for 20 miles. I can not really understand this paradox. (If it also helps I can not gain weight to my legs, especially the calf region)
Posted Sat, 1 Jun 2013 in Brain and Spine
 
 
Answered by Dr. Jasvinder Singh 1 hour later
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.

This burning feeling in legs can be due to parasthesia skin which is due to dysfunctioning of neurons. Numbness, burning and tingling are abnormal sensations that can occur anywhere in your body, but are often felt in your hands, feet, arms, or legs.

It can be due to diabetes, hypothyroidism, peripheral vascular disease, malnutrition. Other causes are motor neurone disease, or autoimmune disorders like multiple sclerosis or lupus erythematosus. A diagnostic evaluation by a doctor is necessary to rule these out.

Get your blood sugar and thyroid hormones levels evaluated. You can take some vit B12 for some days and see if the symptoms improve. If the symptoms persist then get the above mentioned possibilities ruled out from a neurologist.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Wishing you good health.









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Follow-up: Having burning feeling in my legs. What could this be? 6 hours later
Dr. XXXXXXX

I appreciate your answer, which at some point went beyond my comprehension. So here is my follow up questions,

1. This feeling of burning( I can also describe it as a tired sensation slightly feel like burning) comes more from deeper in my calf. For example when I am in the OR standing up, it starts to hurt after thirty minutes. And no where in my hands, arms or anywhere else in my body feels this sensation. Do you think it can still be due to skin parasthesia? Just do add a point it also comes with me from my childhood.

2. My HbA1C, B12, Glu, TSH, T3, T4, are all in normal ranges.

3. Therefore DM, B12 def, hypothyroidsm will be very unlikely. As I said I have a very balanced diet with my dietician I eat very well in variety that I could hardly be malnutritioned. I have no accompanying MS or SLE related symptoms or neurological symptoms of other parts in my body unless you were thinking about polynoropathy involving my lower bilateral extremities, it can hardly be the chance.

In resolution if Peripheral vascular disease was the only one left in your diagnosis checklist(unless you are still considering about a neuronal problem), could you forward my question to the appropriate branch Doctor or answer yourself?

My best regards.

 
 
Answered by Dr. Jasvinder Singh 4 hours later
Hello,

Thanks for writing back.

Calf pain that show up during physical activity, such as standing or walking, are usually a sign of arterial insufficiency(peripheral artery disease). That means the arteries aren't able to supply the calf muscles with enough blood and oxygen to XXXXXXX their needs. This usually arises from atherosclerosis—hardening of the arteries. Atherosclerosis can occur for many reasons such as smoking, diabetes, and high cholesterol.

As you have got most of the tests which have come out normal, the only one left is a venous and arterial doppler of the legs. In case that also comes out normal then a combination of vitamin and levocarnitine should help you.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Wishing you good health.
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Follow-up: Having burning feeling in my legs. What could this be? 33 minutes later
Great Doctor XXXXXXX

Now I feel much closer to my diagnosis. Perhaps the problem with it could be you have missed some points in my question,

1 As I mentioned earlier on contrary it relieves with physical exercise (remember nothing happens if I run 20 miles but when I am standing)

2 Besides since it comes with me from childhood, I never smoked, I am 29 y/o athlete, I have no DM, low Cho, LDL and high HDL wouldn't you agree that it can't be atherosclerosis

Did your answer relate the fact of inability to gain in calf region as well?

Are you still suggesting doppler as my last resort?

Best Regards
 
 
Answered by Dr. Jasvinder Singh 3 days later
Hello,

Thanks for writing back.

Calf pain when standing or sitting suggests a possible buildup of fluid in the leg veins (venous congestion). The other possibility is of varicose veins.

I suggest you to get an evaluation done from a physician and along with peripheral arterial disease, these causes also need to be ruled out. Ruling out peripheral arterial disease would need color doppler.

Hope this answers your query.

Regards.




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