Maybe each of us got through this. You may feel horrible pain in your arms and legs after vigorous workout or long-lasting shopping-tour.
Sometimes aching and discomfort may appear only in legs, or in the arms. It may range in severity from mild cramping to severe pain. It can even interfere with your sleep that results in drowsiness and lack of energy in the daytime.
Pain may be triggered by movements, or become apparent without any relation to motions.
It may be accompanied by other signs and symptoms, like numbness, pins and needles, redness or changes in the body temperature.
Some kinds of limb pain come and go, while others stay for a long time without improvement.
Knowing exact cause of painful extremities can help get rid of it. So, what are the culprits of uncomfortable sensations in your arms and legs?
#1. Flu – feeling aching in all body muscles is a classic symptom of the flu and common cold. It may develop a few days before the body temperature becomes elevated.
#2. Deep vein thrombosis – blood clots can be formed in the deep veins in your legs. As a result, you may notice that your lower limbs become swollen, hot and sore, especially when walking. Don't ignore this dangerous condition, as blood clots may tear off the vessel wall and travel to the lungs, causing potentially life-threatening condition, called pulmonary embolism.
#3. Arthritis – it's one of the most common disorders, which describes nearly 100 different conditions, from inflammation to cartilage degeneration. It may affect any of your joints, causing pain and reducing range of motions.
#4. Poor circulation – there is a wide variety of diseases, which can impair blood circulation and oxygen delivery. This leads to tingling, aching and numbness in the limbs. The most common causes of poor circulation are diabetes, peripheral artery disease and autoimmune disorders.
#5. Skin infection – bacteria invasion may cause inflammation, redness and swelling in the affected area. It's more likely to develop in the legs, but can start anywhere. If left untreated, infection can spread to the lymph nodes and lymphatic vessels. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to eliminate bacteria away from your body.
#6. Heart attack – you've probably heard that heart attack (also called myocardial infarction) manifests in chest pain, fainting and breathlessness. In fact, studies found that many people (especially women) don't have these typical symptoms. Heart attack may cause pain and sense of pressure in the arms, neck or jaw, accompanied by unexplained fatigue and nausea.
#7. Fibromyalgia – this is one of the most poorly-understood conditions. It causes pain, tingling and discomfort all over the body, without any changes in the blood tests and other exams. By the way, nearly 80-90% patients with fibromyalgia are women. Medical specialists may diagnose this disease, if you suffer from the common pain during three months or longer, and no underlying reasons were found during examinations.
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