What can cause sudden shooting pain in the left shin area?
Neuritis v/s Bone stress
Thank you for posting the question.
I have gone through your medical history in detail.
Such kind of shooting pain in shin area usually occurs due to neuritis, i.e. inflammation of nerve. Deficiency of vitamin B complex, especially vitamin B12 is responsible for this.
If the bones are weak (which is expected at your age), reduced bone mineral content (osteoporosis) often leads to stress related micro-fractures at the shin bone. Such micro-fractures often lead to shooting pain while walking or bearing weight.
I hope you have not suffered from trauma recently over the left shin.
I would suggest you to take adequate rest.
Avoid squatting, climbing stairs and sitting cross legged.
Apply a compression bandage around the affected part.
Analgesic tablets like Tramadol, Ibuprofen along with calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B12 should be taken.
Application of local analgesic gels/liniments followed by hot fomentation will help.
If the pain does not subside with the above measures, you should consult your nearby doctor and get an X-ray done.
I hope the answer was useful.
Dr. Mahaveer Patil , Orthopaedic Surgeon
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