A 23-year-old female asked:
22yo female. why does my leg ache when i walk and walk upstairs. its not painful and is ok at rest pain doesnt get any worse and there is no swelling?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Blood flow?: You are really very young, but your symptoms are suspicious for poor circulation in the leg. More blood flow is required when you use the muscles to provide them with the oxygen to work. If they aren't getting enough, they burn fuels differently, lactic acid builds up in the muscles and they hurt. This is not uncommon in older smokers, diabetics, and other conditions with poor blood flow, but you?
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Last updated Jun 4, 2018
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