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What causes pulsating pain in calf area post physiotherapy? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 31-Dec-2014
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Doctor:Hi,
Please proceed with your query
User:Hi
User:I was diagnosed disk protrusion in L5/S1 compressing in S1 nerve on left side 6 weeks ago.Initially i was having continuous pain in my left buttock but no pain or discomfort in thigh or calf. Doctor advised bed rest and some medicines for 1st 3 weeks and after 3 weeks Pain in buttock was gone but will pain if i walk normally, If some pain occurred it will vanish as soon as i lie down on bed , its then the Doctor advised physiotherapy for next 3 week with some medicines. During this period i started to have some discomfort in my left thigh and calf but it was not pain on the other hand my general condition improved with physiotherapy as i started walking normally without any pain and can now walk 2 km in morning and evening, without any significant pain. Now from last two days i am having pulsating pain in my left calf area and slight discomfort in my thigh but no continuous pain in my buttock. I am worried if my back protrusion is aggravating or improving as symptoms are contradictory.Continuous buttock pain gone but pulsating pain in calf appeared after physiotherapy.
Doctor:Let me go through your query.
Doctor:Thanks. I have gone through your query.
User:ok
Doctor:You have mentioned that after physiotherapy you have pulsating pain in the calf.
User:yes
Doctor:During physio did you feel any pull or cramps?
Doctor:any history of trauma?
User:no never , in fact physio used to ask me if i feel any pain in any excersise i should let him know and he will stop
Doctor:OK
User:but i never felt any pain
Doctor:Ok
User:trauma mean any shock accident etc
User:no fortunately never
Doctor:No, I meant with trauma as any injury?
User:not during these last 6 weeks
Doctor:OK
Doctor:Is this pulsating pain present through out the day?
User:yes
Doctor:OK
User:but not during night as i can sleep comfortably
Doctor:OK
Doctor:Did you take any medications for this?
User:no nothing other than what doctor had prescribed 3 weeks ago
Doctor:OK
Doctor:what would be the severity of this pain. Rate it from 0 to 10 where 0 is least and 10 XXXXXXX
User:well i dont know the nos as i dont know how it feels for some one who has 10 rating pain
Doctor:OK
User:but i can easily bear it , walk with it
Doctor:OK
User:and if busy some times does not even notice it
Doctor:Thanks for the details.
Doctor:I feel that the pulsating pain could be due to regeneration of nerve.
User:what it means
Doctor:It is a kind of tingling pain in a area supplied.
User:its not tingling , its actually pain
User:but slight and bearable
Doctor:Yes, i understand.
User:ok so is it sign of improvement or aggravation
Doctor:I feel as you had compression of the nerve due to disk protrusion, after physiotherapy the compression might have reduced.
Doctor:It is a sign of improvement
User:ok so this new pulsating pain is nothing to worry about
User:Thanks
Doctor:I feel there is no need to worry about and should reduce gradually.
User:i was really worried as i dont want to aggravate it by any mean. You have relieved me a lot.
Doctor:Do not worry it will be fine.
User:Thanks doctor
Doctor:Do you have any more queries for me?
User:No thanks for having patience to listen me out and helping me
Doctor:Thanks for visiting me here. Bye for now.
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