If you are a weekend warrior, you have likely experienced some leg pain. Minor pain that develops with overuse or from an injury should be treated with “ICE”: Immobilization, Compression and Elevation. If you cannot bear weight, have an obvious fracture or dislocation, or your symptoms do not improve with ICE, go to your nearest emergency room.
Leg pain can be a side-effect of some illnesses. Body aches including leg pain are common with influenza. Rest, drink plenty of fluids, and know when to call your doctor. Aches and pain are more common if you have arthritis, fibromyalgia, or autoimmune problems. See you doctor if your pain is more than you normally experience.
A number of medications can cause leg cramps and aches. The most likely ones are your cholesterol medications. If you have worsening leg cramps or pain, ask your doctor if it could be your medications..
📞 Call your doctor if your condition does not improve, is new or progressing, and you do not know why.
When Is Leg Pain NOT Normal?
Leg pain coupled with other symptoms can be a sign of an underlying health condition, serious injury, and even medical emergencies. Watch out for these signs and symptoms.
Life Threatening Exercise Induced Leg Pain
Rhabdomyolysis occurs when excessive exercise leads to muscle breakdown. Though rare, it can be seen after aggressive cross training, exercise induced heat strokes, and in military boot-camp training. The muscle rapidly breaks down causing muscle pain, weakness, nausea and vomiting, confusion, irregular heart rate, and kidney damage. The urine often turns the color of ‘tea’ with rhabdomyolysis.
⚠️Emergency: If you think you or a loved one has rhabdomyolysis, seek immediate emergency medical care. With proper medical care, a recovery is possible.