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Pain in calf muscle while walking, chronic back pain, smoker. Taking Oxycontin, Panadeine Forte. Reason?

I am an active 38 year old woman experiencing pain in my calf muscle when I walk, similar to a cramp that doesn t go away. The pain eases when I stop & sit down but doesn t completely go away, I ve had it for about 3 months now & it s really starting to worry me. I m not a couch potato by a long shot, I spend a great deal of the day on my feet for work & walking is essential for the work that I do. I only weigh 45 kilos, I do smoke but not a great deal, I have chronic back pain & take oxycontin for that as well as panadine forte to back it up for really bad days. Can the oxycontin be the reason for the leg cramps or is this a new development connected to my back pain? Or something else again?
Asked On : Mon, 13 Aug 2012
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Your symptoms are suggestive of intermittent claudication. The two most common types are vascular and neurological. The vascular claudication is because of block in the blood vessels supplying the legs and neurological claudication is because of the compression over the nerves in the back. Since you also have back pain, the possibility of neurological cause is more likely. Consult a neurologist who will guide you about further tests.
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Answered: Tue, 14 Aug 2012
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