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Many things can cause leg pain. Too much exercise or overuse can cause a muscle cramp (or charley horse). You can get leg cramps from not eating a balanced diet that has enough potassium, calcium, and other minerals. If you do not drink enough fluids or are taking certain medicines, you may develop leg cramps. Other causes of leg pain include injuries, blood flow problems, nerve damage, and twisted and enlarged veins (varicose veins).
You can usually ease pain with self-care. Your doctor may recommend that you rest your leg and keep it elevated.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: June 26, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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