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Why do I have shooting pain in my calves after walking?


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Dr. K. Shobana

Published At April 21, 2016
Reviewed AtFebruary 14, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 60 year old known diabetic. Since two years, I am having severe leg pain when I walk even for a small distance. I have shooting pain in my calves after just 10 minutes of walk. Doctors have diagnosed it as calcification of nerves. I have attached my reports for your reference. Please help.

Answered by Dr. Sadaf Mustafa


Welcome to icliniq.com. You are having intermittent claudication due to a peripheral arterial disease as demonstrated by your arterial ultrasound (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I am hoping it is a Doppler ultrasound. It appears that your diabetes is under control and you do not have heart failure. I understand that you have no history of heart attack either. Peripheral vascular disease, less likely but sciatica is also possible. You have normal EMG, but there is no MRI and nerve conduction study available. If ankle-brachial index is normal, then nerve conduction study has to be taken. Increase the Cilostazol to 100 mg twice daily if there is no history of heart failure, heart attack and not taking two blood thinner agents together. If taking Aspirin only, then it is safe to increase the dose to 100 mg twice daily. I would encourage you to take 81 mg of Aspirin daily. Also, do exercise grading. It is a three month program that will gradually build your exercise tolerance.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa
Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Internal Medicine

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