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Pain in leg

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by cheesypop, Jul 30, 2018.

  1. cheesypop

    cheesypop Senior commenter

    I wonder if anyone can help.
    I have an almost constant pain running down the outer side of my right leg. It starts about halfway down my thigh. It doesn’t seem to matter how much or how little activity I do, the pain is the same. It started a number of months ago but it wasn’t as constant then.
    Does anyone have any ideas about what it could be?
  2. lrw22

    lrw22 Established commenter

    I don't know but probably best checked with GP ☺
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  3. cheesypop

    cheesypop Senior commenter

    Thanks. I probably should but I’ve felt silly thinking about wasting their time with ‘I’ve got a pain in my leg’.
    Kind of been ignoring it (put ibruprofen gel on or taken painkillers when it has stopped me sleeping) but went to the cinema today and it was uncomfortable. Not looking forward to my 4 and a half hour flight on Thursday if that was anything to go by!
  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Several things spring to mind, but you should definitely have it checked out by a GP.
  5. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    You have a flight on Thursday? Sort it. Now.
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  6. cheesypop

    cheesypop Senior commenter

    Unfortunately unless I actually cut off my own leg and went into the doctors surgery with it, there is no chance of an appointment within that timeframe! (Even if I did the above, the receptionist would probably have a good go at self diagnosis and send me away to take paracetamol rather then let me see that most hallowed of beings ..... the doctor)

    I have an appointment for the end of the month. Thanks for everyone’s replies. I was hoping someone could suggest what it could be, but having googled it I can see why no one has - if I believed Dr Google I’m surprised I’m still alive.
  7. strawbs

    strawbs Established commenter

    possibly sciatica/piriformis related?
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  8. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Tell them it's an emergency!

    You know the risks of flying on circulatory disorders. If that's what it is. And you don't know what it is.
  9. HelenREMfan

    HelenREMfan Star commenter

    Do do be careful...... I ended up with 2 blood clots on my lungs - springing not from the swelling above my left knee which I thought was a banged varicose vein..... but a dvd in my right leg which hadnt given any symptoms. The total breathlessness was a clue that all wasnt well and I too could not get a gp appointment on the Monday after the Friday's experience of being unable to walk and breathe ! Was told to go to A & E/minor injuries at local hosp. They took me in straightaway.... triaged t0 DR and off in ambulance to next town hosp !!

    You do need it checking out. As a precaution also I would take at least half an aspirin a day til you do see a dr.

    It has doubled my travel insurance (for a cruise - not flying)
  10. frangipani123

    frangipani123 Lead commenter

    Sciatica came to my mind, but none of us know. You need to go to a Walk-In Centre or failing that, A&E. I say that because you are going on a relatively long flight. A fit and active relative of mine died from DVT on a flight, so it's not worth taking the risk.
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  11. Lalad

    Lalad Star commenter

    You need to see your GP - and also check your travel insurance policy.
  12. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Very good point there. Travelling with a known ailment? If it was a DVT in the making? Could invalidate your insurance. Get it seen!
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  13. cheesypop

    cheesypop Senior commenter

    If I’m honest (and preparing for completely justified annihilation after admitting this) that’s one reason I’ve not gone to the GP yet. Because it’s not a known condition yet, not til I tell a doctor. Currently I’m the only one who knows.
  14. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Yes but supposing it is serious. Could be a DVT and then flying could actually be life-threatening..:eek: Are you really wanting to take that risk and ending up with no holiday, but in hospital in a foreign country with huge bills. Some countries ask to be paid for up front and reclaimed later from your health insurance, as a colleague found one year when out in Turkey. Husband had a heart attack ,the stress caused her own stroke and she seriously thought she might have to sell her house. :eek:
  15. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter


    It's either something minor and you can travel and your insurance won't be affected.

    Or it might be more serious. And the flight could exacerbate it.

    You're running a big risk. You're gambling with it being minor. Most things are. But some aren't.
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  16. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Well put gdw! :)
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  17. EmanuelShadrack

    EmanuelShadrack Star commenter


    You're "managing your risk", as the phrase goes. You've weighed up the pros and cons, and decided to take that chance. It's entirely your decision, and that's absolutely fine. Many people put off going to see doctors for conditions that turn out to be serious, and likewise, many go to the doctor early on, to find out that it's nothing to worry about.

    I hope it does indeed turn out to be minor, when you eventually find out (assuming you do). Do let us all know.

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