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After standing for a while or when running, I get a dull ache behind my leg--in the tops of my calves, right under the back of my knees. Why?

After standing for a while or when running, I get a dull ache behind my leg--in the tops of my calves, right under the back of my knees. Why?

Achilles Tendonitis: Probable achilles tendinitis which is stretching the tendon where it inserts on the heel. Try wearing a heel lift in your shoe or a slight heel to relax the tendon from its insertion. Ice, rest, topical irritants like icy hot or bengay can help to. If it doesn't get better visit your local doctor for further evaluation and treatment.

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29 f, prolactinoma not yet treated. Heavy leg today, asleep 4 min upon standing, dull ache/burn behind knee and weakness when walking. Could be DVT?

29 f, prolactinoma not yet treated. Heavy leg today, asleep 4 min upon standing, dull ache/burn behind knee and weakness when walking. Could be DVT?

Be seen: There are a myriad of reasons for the symptoms you are describing, including vascular. You should be seen in order to evaluate these potential findings. Please promptly see a physician/health care provider.

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Dull aching pain behind knee right above the crease. Woke up with it?

Dull aching pain behind knee right above the crease. Woke up with it?

Home remedy: Sounds very non -specific. Specific diagnosis difficult without physical exam of the area. Apply a little ice and take 600mg Ibuprofen with food. If not improving over next few days see PCP for a check up.

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Constant pain and dull ache on outer left calf and behind knee (popliteal area). Also, getting spasm on inner calf while at rest. Rest not helping?

Constant pain and dull ache on outer left calf and behind knee (popliteal area). Also, getting spasm on inner calf while at rest. Rest not helping?

Probably sprain, or: Could be something called a Baker's cyst. An ultrasound would help figure that out. Try ice to area 15 min/hr and take ibuprofen and continue to rest. This should help within a week or so if it is a sprain.

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Keep getting pain in left leg from behind/side the knee down. No other feeling, just more like an ache. Notice it when I sit down only.

May be a cyst: You may have a popliteal cyst. These aren't generally dangerous. They can be detected on US, if the discomfort is very painful, I'd go in and have a physician's exam.

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I'm have knee pain and pain shooting down the leg. Was a dancer from 2 1/2 till 13 now 17. Dull ache with pain spikes occasionally able to walkish thou?

I'm have knee pain and pain shooting down the leg. Was a dancer from 2 1/2 till 13 now 17. Dull ache with pain spikes occasionally able to walkish thou?

Need a Dr to exam: You need a physician to exam your knee and images you might injured a ligaments before and this is aggravated now with specific movement you did you need x ray and possible MRI take it easy on you knee until you see dr and try to to put weight on it food luck

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Ache pain in my legs at night. It hurts a lot especially calves and behind knees. Any suggestions?

Ache pain in my legs at night. It hurts a lot especially calves and behind knees. Any suggestions?

Maybe cramps....: I agree with your primary dr.'s answer, but two things also need be considered. Phlebitis is more active at night because of dehydration and immbolity. And the veins of your leg cross behind your knee at the upper calf level. Then finally, a baker's cuyst may be presentm but can be excluded by ultrasound.

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I am feeling some groin discomfort. Sometimes from sitting or laying in a certain way, sometimes feeling a dull ache in the left knee or leg as well.

I am feeling some groin discomfort. Sometimes from sitting or laying in a certain way, sometimes feeling a dull ache in the left knee or leg as well.

Groin and knee: pain could be hernia or pulled muscle. Please see your doc for a proper diagnosis. He/she may suggest physical therapy or stretching exercises. Qigong and tai chi can be helpful when medical conditions ruled out. Peace and good health.

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The backs of my legs behind the knees has been sore for around 2 wks. I've done nothing out of the ordinary. What could be the problem? It's annoying.

The backs of my legs behind the knees has been sore for around 2 wks. I've done nothing out of the ordinary. What could be the problem? It's annoying.

Tight Hamstrings?: At your age, it could be a joint problem or muscle strain. If you are overweight, it could be due to that. Prolonged sitting or standing can cause pain. Tight hamstrings can cause pain. With no history of injury, the list is short. You should go in for an evaluation.

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My legs are very sore after sitting for a while. The back leg (behind the knees) hurts and I can't straighten my legs for a few seconds, then its fine.?

My legs are very sore after sitting for a while. The back leg (behind the knees) hurts and I can't straighten my legs for a few seconds, then its fine.?

Knee pains: This sounds like degenerative arthritis of the knees, where the inflammation feels worse after you've been sitting for a while, and slowly gets better as you walk it out. If the pain is especially intense in the back of the knee, you might want to get checked for a "baker's cyst", which could be removed. Other problems could be: torn cartilage, inflammation of the knee cap, bursitis, even a clot.

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Slightly swollen knee little stiff and sore back off leg behind knee?

Slightly swollen knee little stiff and sore back off leg behind knee?

Tough to say: Could be a Baker's Cyst. Tough to say for sure. Ultrasound behind knee could show this.

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Why does my hip and leg get sore when I lie on it for too long and why is my leg getting shootin pains behind the knee?

Why does my hip and leg get sore when I lie on it for too long and why is my leg getting shootin pains behind the knee?

Can't Answer: Too many unknowns yet... Was there an injury? Is there swelling or other problems with your leg or back? Consider seeing someone to get a full exam and discuss the full history of this problem.

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What causes a dull ache in right leg? I broke my right femur a few years ago. Consistent pain in knee since break and now the dull ach.

What causes a dull ache in right leg? I broke my right femur a few years ago. Consistent pain in knee since break and now the dull ach.

Possible scar tissue: From the injury. Some people get pains with the weather but some have constant pain. As long as your doctor is aware of this and says it is ok then you can just take nsaids or aspirin. If you have not told your doctor you should because constant pain is not really normal.

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Hi im been having a dull aching pain in my thighs and legs and I was wondering what it could be... Its not all the time just here. And there also I've been having knee pain and im 28 yrs old?

Hi im been having a dull aching pain in my thighs and legs and I was wondering what it could be... Its not all the time just here. And there also I've been having knee pain and im 28 yrs old?

Can be too active.: If you exercise a lot, like bike riding, this can cause pain in your thighs and legs. It would explain your knee pain also. A lot of bending over, like during housework or gardening, can do it too. I would say take it easy for a few days, and if your pain persists, see your doctor to see if there is some other cause. Some simple painkillers, like Aspirin or tylemol, or advil (ibuprofen) can also help.

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Behind my knees there's a small muscle that are very sore. Hard to stretch legs. Been sore for a long time, now aches at night. Shld I stretch more?

Behind my knees there's a small muscle that are very sore. Hard to stretch legs. Been sore for a long time, now aches at night. Shld I stretch more?

Baker's cyst: See your physician for an examination, ask about an a possible fluid filled sac that can cause a hard mass behind the knee.

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For 1month knee pain and can spread to leg. Aches and hard to walk up and down stairs. Can be quiet dull or sharp. I'm not athletic 20 y/o.Cancer? Worried

For 1month knee pain and can spread to leg. Aches and hard to walk up and down stairs. Can be quiet dull or sharp. I'm not athletic 20 y/o.Cancer? Worried

Doubtful: Cancer is statistically extremely unlikely. Much more likely at your age would be conditions such as chondromalacia (wear and tear of the kneecap cartilage) or possibly cartilage wear and tear within the knee joint itself. I would recommend seeing a physician for evaluation since symptoms have been present for a month.

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I have leg pain twice a week ish from knee down walking doesn't help or resting im 28 male its a dull ache from knee down mainly on the front and both legs?

Depends on Cause: There are many causes of leg pain. It could be something as simple as your foot wear. L if you run on a regular basis and suddenly increased your training it could be anything from shin splints to stress fractures. Muscular strains/overuse can cause this-may need to stretch more. Are you on your feet all day? Foot wear and the surface you work on could result in cumulative stress. Get it checked.

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I woke up at night with my left leg feeling swollen and numb. It was gone next morning. There is a sore spot behind and below my left knee.

I woke up at night with my left leg feeling swollen and numb. It was gone next morning. There is a sore spot behind and below my left knee.

Leg swelling: If true swelling of the leg occurs and there is discomfort or tenderness behind the knee or in the calf, phlebitis is a concern and a leg ultrasound is recommended. A Baker's cyst is another possibility. In any event I feel that you should be examined by a physician and he/she will order any appropriate tests.