19 Year Old With Leg Pain? I'm a 19 year old womanly. I'm a full time student, work...

I'm a 19 year old female. I'm a full time student, work part time, and own a good social life. I've noticed this past, but it's been subtle and has disappeared from my awareness for a while, however, lately has be a constant worry. For the past week or so I've been have pain. At first I thought it was just around my calf nouns on my left leg. Then I started noticing it in my right thigh, and presently I notice it all over my legs. It seems to evolve mostly when I'm sitting or laying down. It can be from a dull painful throb to even a shooting pain that wake me up. I sometimes think I even notice it in my arms as all right. It's not only become a hassel, it's really starting to worry me as well. Could anyone propose any help as to what it could be please?
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The pain and areas you're describing are consistent with disk herniations (your cervical (neck) spinal nerves affect your arms), but it's not typical to hold both problems in the cervical and lumbar area unless you were within an accident or involved in physical sports when you were younger. It can cart time for disk injuries to manifest themselves; e.g., my Mom was in a bus accident several years ago (a semi truck reverse ended the bus while she was standing) and her cervical and lumbar disks are just immediately starting to really cause problems. My own problems first showed when I was 17, as a result of football and powerlifting. It didn't really hit until I turned 28, and it's progressed a lot worse since after.

The fact that it affects your thigh and happens when you're lying or sitting also point to a disk problem. Sitting and how you lie down (stomach or on your back) can put abundantly of pressure on the lower spine and hips, aggravating a disk herniation. I know that's not an easy prospect for a student, but if you have to sit, try and sit to one side where the pressure isn't directly on your spine.

Assuming it is a disk problem, in that are some things you can do to help yourself heal faster and make you more comfortable:

1. The first entity to do is get pressure off your spine. The easiest way to do explicitly to lay on your side, and put a large pillow or cushion between your knees (preferably one large enough to craft your legs parallel to each other). The idea is to get pressure past its sell-by date the hips and the lower vertebrae. I still have to do it regularly, as I have permanent fortitude damage in my own back. The other piece is to put a pillow behind your back, and one in front of you surrounded by a position that you can "hug it". That will keep you from rolling over onto your back when you're sleeping.

If you can't lie on your side, next lie on your back with a cushion sizeable enough under your legs to flatten out the small of your back. It's not just right, but if the key is to get your legs high ample so that the pressure is off the lower spine. Back when I could still lie on my back, I used to truly lie on the floor with my legs on a couch - think human being in a sitting position, only your back is on the floor. You'd be surprised how comfortable it can be.

2. Muscle spasms - one entry that makes nerve problems more painful contained by the back is muscle spasms. They're like a vicious circle; the nerve aching makes the muscles contract, which makes the back tighter, irritating the courage more, and so on. I've used heat for years, but the key is using the right kind of boil.

If you can find one at a local pharmacy, get a Thermophore pad - I've used one for 20 years, long before Chiro's started using them. It's an instant moist fry pad; it uses a flannel cover that draws moisture from the air, and it heats up inside a minute or two. If they don't have one locally, you can get one at http://www.thermophore.com Get the standard size with the switch you involve to hold - the timer switch doesn't work very well.

You need to find a means of access to relax the muscles further if you can. Heat will help, and getting pressure off the spine, but if it's bad satisfactory you might consider asking your doctor for some Flexeril. These days it's the only thing that will still knock me out for more than a couple of hours, but you can just pinch half if you need to.

3. OTC Meds - Though I've long been a high-dose opiate tolerant, I still use a lot of OTC meds to reduce my dependence on them. 3 meds I take regularly are:

a. Tylenol Extra-Strength Rapid Release Gel-Tabs - They work speedily and extremely well. Just make sure you drink a lot of dampen / cranberry juice to keep your kidneys flushed. I take mine something like every 6 - 8 hours, and even with my level of pain it help make it tolerable.

b. Bayer Back & Body Aspirin - It also works fast and does a really good undertaking of easing the pain. You can't take as much of it as you can Tylenol, but I still use it in combination near it.

c. Naproxen - Though I use prescription strength Naproxen, you can get it in a pharmacy as Aleve. Prescription strength is 500mg - Aleve tabs come contained by 220mg. Make sure you only take them every 12 hours.

If the pain doesn't start getting your strength back after a couple of days, then you'll need to see a doctor. Usually it takes 2-3 days up to that time you start really feeling the difference if the nerve has be irritated or compressed.


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