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Smoker, occasionally use nicoderm patches, have dull ache at the back of thigh. Related?

Hello Doctor and thank you for taking my question. I am a smoker who occasionally uses nicoderm patches while still smoking . I m not sure if that is relevant but I have a persistant dull aching pain in the back of my left thigh when I walk a long distance or stand for a while as when washing dishes. Any information that you my provide will be greatly appreciated. Thank You.
Asked On : Thu, 13 Dec 2012
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Thanks for choosing HCM for asking your query.
From the information given by you, it doesn't appear that you using nicoderm patches and smoking over it is related to the pain in your thigh. The pain on the back of thigh can occur due to many reasons most common being any musculo-skeletal trauma. May be you can use some stretches or visit a physiotherapist who can help you with some exercises. Long term use of nicotine does cause blockage of blood supply but then that starts from the peripheries and not from the thighs. Its always better to quit smoking and you should re-initiate your efforts to quit it.
Hope I am able to solve your query. Have a nice day.
Answered: Sun, 16 Dec 2012
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