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Calf pain, warm to touch, no redness or swelling, using oxygen machine, have sore throat, white patches on legs. Suggestions?

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I have bad pain in both of my legs in calf area but extending around front. These places are warm to the touch but strangely have no redness and hardly any swelling. When I first stand up the pain radiates all the way up through my knees. This started a few days ago, but these same symptons were in my left top of my arm...arm does not have these symptons much anymore. I have an oxygen sat finger machine and without oxygen on (I only wear oxygen at night) I will drop to 80 or a little below. As soon as I put the oxygen back on I'm good at 95 and above. I have had a sore throat for a few days and a sick feeling headache in the back of my eyes. I do have little white scab like patches on my legs and over my body (I have had these for sometime now. The pain in my legs is beginning to get pretty bad. I've tried heat, ice, Ibprofin, tylonel, benedril (thinking it could be an allgery) and I have some pain meds prescribed to me for headaches and have even tried some of those (oxycodine) Any suggestions?
Starla (60 years old, 5ft3in,200 lbs.)
Posted Sat, 28 Jul 2012 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 4 hours later
Thanks for posting your query.
The pains in legs and calf can be due to-
1.Experiencing pain in legs and calf specially on walking indicates a vascular problem most likely.The pain may be caused by claudication caused by peripheral arterial disease (PAD), narrowing of the arteries that carry blood to your leg muscles.
2.Peripheral neuropathy- This can occur from direct nerve irritation or from a medical illness like diabetes, thyroid imbalance, etc.Chronic illnesses like alcoholism, cancer, and vitamin deficiencies may also result in nerve pain that often affects both legs. There are some illnesses that cause leg weakness that may be associated with complaints of leg pain, like Guillain-Barré syndrome and multiple sclerosis.
3. Muscle pain: Muscle pain or myalgia is a common cause and may be due to overuse (mild trauma) or associated with the generalized aches and pain of an infection.
4. Muscle cramps: Muscles may cramp, causing significant pain. This may be due to a lack of stretching or an imbalance of electrolytes in the bloodstream. You need to get your serum sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium levels checked.
All the above causes can be ruled out by your physician after some tests and examination.

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.
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Wishing you good health.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
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