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Bad lower leg pain when walking. How can you tell if it is a nerve or circulation problem?

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Dr. Bennett Burns
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Most vascular problems cramp with duration of walking and respond over 2-5 minutes to rest.
"neurogenic claudication" or pinched nerves from back arthritis come on more slowly, take longer to respond (try sitting) and feel better if you lean on a shopping cart, etc. Nerve pain from disc usually worse with sitting, and better standing up. However, these are not hard rules. Get it looked at!

In brief: Time to relief

Most vascular problems cramp with duration of walking and respond over 2-5 minutes to rest.
"neurogenic claudication" or pinched nerves from back arthritis come on more slowly, take longer to respond (try sitting) and feel better if you lean on a shopping cart, etc. Nerve pain from disc usually worse with sitting, and better standing up. However, these are not hard rules. Get it looked at!
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