My grandmother has been feeling a pain in her leg. She says that it feels like a cold sensation is stuck. Also, she says that it's not muscular pain. She frequently feels pain in her upper thigh and has tried Tylenol and other medication like it. Is there something that we can do to relieve the pain?
She should be evaluated by a physician- it's important to try to learn the source of the pain and coldness so proper treatment can be prescribed. These symptoms may be a sign of a serious problem.
For example, could it be peripheral neuropathy (nerve problem) in her leg and if so, is it stemming from a source they can identify?
For another example, could the pain and coldness be stemming from a circulation problem in that leg and if so, can they find the source of it?
You will not know what home treatment should be done without seeing a physician to rule out some things and possibly even diagnose the problem so they can not only prescribe treatment (which might include medication), but advise you as to what home treatment would be appropriate.
There are two possibilities. One is sciatica, associated with impingement of a nerve in the lumbar area, which is evaluated by an MRI of the lower spine L1-L5. A more likely possibility is intermittant claudication, which is a circulatory problem caused by blood vessel disease. This is evaluated by a non-invasive inexpensive painless procedure called a color dopplar, and by checking the dorsalis pedis pulse (on top of the foot) in the affected leg and comparing it with the pulse on the other leg. Treatment options include a baby aspirin a day, exercise, 1000 mg of omega-3 fish oil, cod liver oil and ocasionally physicians prescribe anti-coagulants. There are several surgical options to enlarge the internal diameter of the blood vessels. She really needs an in-person evaluation by a physician and a consult with one experienced in blood vessel disease. This is not a 911 call, but don't let it go. If possible arrange for her to get an evaluation at a teaching hospital.
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