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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Dull, Achy Shin Pain

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced dull, achy shin pain. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Paget Disease of the Bone

    Paget's disease of the bone is a disorder in which the bone recycling process goes astray. It mostly affects people older than 55 years old. While many people with the disease have no symptoms, some suffer from bone pain, abnormal shapes of bone and weaker bones that can break more easily.

    Treatment depends on the severity of disease, however, this is a lifelong condition and treatment may become necessary as the disease progresses.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    new headache, pelvis pain, back pain, spontaneous bone pain, moderate hip pain
    Symptoms that always occur with paget disease of the bone:
    spontaneous bone pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)

    Shin splints is when there is pain in the front part of the lower leg. The pain is from the swelling of the muscles, tendons, and bone tissue around your shin.

    Days to weeks

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    shin pain, dull, achy shin pain, pain in the inside of the shin, shin pain from overuse, irregular period
    Symptoms that always occur with shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome):
    shin pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Tibial Stress Fracture

    A tibial stress fracture is a small crack in the shinbone (tibia). These fractures are most often a result of overuse and are commonly seen with an increase in activity. Usually stress fractures of the shinbone occur in the lower third of the bone.

    Commonly resolves without treatment in 8 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    shin pain, dull, achy shin pain, moderate shin pain, pain in the inside of the shin, pain when pressing on the shin
    Symptoms that always occur with tibial stress fracture:
    dull, achy shin pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  4. 4.Ewing Sarcoma

    Ewing sarcoma is a type of bone cancer often affecting the legs, pelvis, ribs, arms or spine. It can occur anytime during childhood and young adulthood; it is rarely seen in adults.

    Curable with total treatment lasting 8-12 months

    Rarity:
    Ultra rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, new headache, fever, rib pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Peripheral Arterial Disease (Pad)

    Peripheral artery disease (PAD) occurs when the big blood vessels, called arteries, become too narrow due to clumps of fat (called plaques) building up inside the walls. If arteries become too narrow, not enough oxygen and nutrients are delivered to the muscles, skin, and organs. The arteries in the legs are often affected first, as they are the furthest from the heart.At first, PAD has no symptoms. As it gets worse, leg pain is likely to develop, leading to cramps in the calf, thigh, foot, or buttock upon exercise. PAD can also increase the risk of a blood clot if a piece of plaque detaches, leading to serious complications such as a heart attack or stroke.Peripheral artery disease is much more common in smokers and in people with diabetes. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, being overweight, and not getting much exercise also can put one at higher risk.

    The prognosis of this disease is highly variable and depends heavily on habits, medical history, and genetics. Peripheral artery disease is a chronic non-life threatening condition. Managing the disease, however, is very important in reducing the risk for stroke and heart attacks, so make sure to follow-up with a physician.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    leg numbness, spontaneous foot pain, decreased exercise tolerance, cold feet, thigh pain
    Symptoms that never occur with peripheral arterial disease (pad):
    calf pain from an injury, thigh pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Shin Bruise

    A bruise is the damage of the blood vessels that return blood to the heart (the capillaries and veins), which causes pooling of the blood. This explains the blue/purple color of most bruises. Bruises of the shin are common given the location of the shin.

    Bruises will begin to heal over the course of a week

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    shin pain from an injury, shin injury, pain in one shin, shin swelling, shin bruise
    Symptoms that always occur with shin bruise:
    shin injury, shin pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Dull, Achy Shin Pain

  • Q.Do your symptoms improve after you sit and/or lie down and rest?
  • Q.How would you explain your shin pain?
  • Q.Does running make your symptoms worse?
  • Q.Where is your shin pain exactly?

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Dull, Achy Shin Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced dull, achy shin pain have also experienced:

    • 14% Knee Pain
    • 14% Shin Lump
    • 7% Involuntary Movements
  • People who have experienced dull, achy shin pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 29% Less Than a Week
    • 25% Over a Month
    • 22% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced dull, achy shin pain were most often matched with:

    • 42% Paget Disease of the Bone
    • 42% Tibial Stress Fracture
    • 14% Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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