Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
129 Doctors are Online

Leg pain while driving, worse in calf area. High BP. How to deal with the pain?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Orthopaedic Surgeon
Practicing since : 1994
Answered : 9086 Questions
Riding in a car for long distances causes severe leg pain, how can I relieve the pain while riding. The pain is worse in the calf area of the leg although it hurts all over. It causes the legs to be sore even to the touch. It is necessary to stop every few hours to walk around. Being on my feet alot or bending alot makes the pain worse. I am getting ready to go on a 14 hr trip and wondered if there was anything that could be done to help deal wit the pain. I have high blood preasure and cannot take ibuprofin because of the blood pressure meds.
Posted Wed, 23 May 2012 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 4 hours later
Thanks for posting your query.
Pain in the legs specially felt on traveling for long distances can be due to nerve compression at the level of lumbar spine due to degenerative changes in the disc or due to electrolyte imbalance like magnesium or calcium deficiency.
To avoid such a pain, you can intermittently take an electrolyte XXXXXXX energy/ sports drink while traveling. Frequent changing of positions will be helpful. Avoid driving yourself. You can use a public transport and move around intermittently while traveling.
You can also get an MRI of your lumbosacral spine done for a better evaluation of your symptoms.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Follow-up: Leg pain while driving, worse in calf area. High BP. How to deal with the pain? 10 hours later
I think the problem is a circulation issue possibly. I have problem with the veins in my legs. Is that a possibility and would there be another treatement if so.
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 7 hours later
Thanks for writing again.
Problem in circulation is also a likely possibility but such problem is less likely to be bilateral in nature. Getting a color doppler venous study will help in detecting any such problem. Frequent change in posture is the only effective way to help yourself.
Hope my answer is helpful.
Do accept my answer in case there are no further queries.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Follow-up: Leg pain while driving, worse in calf area. High BP. How to deal with the pain? 16 hours later
Thank you very much
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 6 hours later
You are most welcome.
Best regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask an Orthopaedic Surgeon

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor