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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Pain in Both Calves

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced pain in both calves. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.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

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  2. 2.Spinal Stenosis

    The spine, or backbone, protects the spinal cord and allows people to stand and bend. Spinal stenosis causes narrowing in the spine. The narrowing puts pressure on nerves and the spinal cord and can cause pain.

    Indefinite

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that shoots down the leg, back pain that shoots to the butt, difficulty walking, thigh pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Deep Vein Thrombosis

    Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. Most deep vein clots occur in the lower leg or thigh.

    Curable with medication or surgery but may recur.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, thigh pain, upper leg swelling, calf pain, butt pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain in Both Calves

  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Q.Did you injure your calf?
  • Q.Do you have any idea what caused your calf pain
  • Q.What is your body mass?

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Pain in Both Calves Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain in both calves have also experienced:

    • 5% Lower Back Pain
    • 3% Knee Pain
    • 3% Fatigue
  • People who have experienced pain in both calves had symptoms persist for:

    • 30% Less Than a Week
    • 25% Over a Month
    • 22% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced pain in both calves were most often matched with:

    • 50% Deep Vein Thrombosis
    • 25% Peripheral Arterial Disease (Pad)
    • 25% Spinal Stenosis
  • 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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