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Leg pain

Pain in the leg is a common problem that can be experienced by people of all ages. The leg pain can range from a dull ache to a severe stabbing sensation that can be felt in one or both legs. Severe pain in the leg affects mobility and there is difficulty in putting weight on the leg.

Symptoms

  • Numbness or a tingling sensations
  • Weakness of the area

Causes

  • Muscle spasm
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Cramps
    Leg pain

    After performing strenuous physical activity, apply an ice pack.

  • Muscle fatigue
  • Dehydration
  • Standing for long periods of time
  • Muscle strain, stress fracture and tendonitis
  • Conditions such as restless leg syndrome, diabetes, arthritis, gout, deep vein thrombosis.

Treatment

  • After performing strenuous physical activity, apply an ice pack. You can wrap a few ice cubes or a bag of frozen peas in a piece of cloth and then apply this pack on the affected area for at least 10-15 minutes. Keep the legs elevated several times every day. The cold compress helps lessen the pain by making the affected area numb and minimize the swelling and inflammation.
  • Massage the affected area using coconut or mustard oil for at least 10 minutes for 2-3 times every day. Massage promotes fast recovery from muscle damage that causes leg pain, increases circulation of blood and relieves anxiety and stress. Use a self-massage device or applying pressure to the muscles using a tennis ball.
  • Mix a teaspoon of turmeric powder with a few drops of warm sesame oil and mix them well to create a paste and apply to the affected area. Let it remain in the area for 30 minutes then rinse it off using warm water. Perform this procedure at least twice every day. Turmeric has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Using apple cider vinegar to lessen the pain especially for arthritis and gout pain. It helps dissolve uric acid crystal found in the blood. Apple cider vinegar helps dissolve the buildup of toxins in the joints and connective tissues and provides calcium, potassium and other essential minerals needed to help lessen pain and inflammation. Prepare 1-2 cups of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and mix it in the bathtub filled with warm water. Soak the affected leg in the solution for at least 30 minutes once every day for a few days. Another is by mixing 1-2 tablespoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass filled with warm water. Add a few drops of honey and drink this mixture at least two times every day.
  • Add ½ cup of Epsom salt in a bath tub filled with hot water, stir well until salt is completely dissolved. Soak the affected leg in the solution for at least 15 minutes for 2-3 times every week.

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