Why Do My Legs Hurt So Much?


Do your legs or hurt a lot, in particular below the knees in the morning?

Do you wake up in the morning, sometimes earlier than you want and find that your calves especially are hurting, and they did not feel that way the night before when you went to bed?

One medical reason your legs may be hurting is because you may have a blood clot, and need emergency medical attention.

There are several other important reasons why your legs may hurt so much. Natural treatments will be examined.

Venous Insufficiency

Venous insufficiency is when the venous part of the cardiovascular system, where the blood also flows, does not work optimally, and there is a genetic weakness of the flaps in it. The venous system is responsible for returning of blood to the heart. It does not work on a pump as the arterial blood system works.

Characteristics of the Pain

The pain of this disorder is very easily discernable and has certain characteristic patterns. It is evoked in certain circumstances. The pain of venous sufficiency often makes your legs feel like they are 2-3 times their actual weight. It is usually a throbbing pain.

Walking and standing for prolonged periods

When you have walked for an hour or more or been on your feet in a stationary position for a while, you will likely get pain in your lower legs. Often times there is no real pattern to this, because walking or standing does not always cause the pain.

People who have to stand for their job such as hairdressers, restaurant workers, etc are at highest risk of developing difficulty with the venous system.

You will feel like massaging the area especially below your calves when you get home. The pain is throbbing, and takes hours to go away. Sometimes the pain stays for many hours, and the only way for it to stop is to lay down on your bed and go to sleep. You may wish to slightly elevate your leg to help with blood flow.

Consult your medical doctor to ensure you have venous insufficiency, and rule out other causes. Your medical doctor can tell from the veins in your legs, and their protrusion even when you are in your 30s that venous insufficiency is becoming evident.

Sometimes this pain happens only one side of the body as well.

Because of the possibility of portal vein hypertension

Constipation causes Venous Insufficiency

In fact constipation is also one of the root causes of congestion of the arteries as well as the veins. Constipation in the form of plaques in the gut can also cause pressure on the veins which comes partly from the intestines. These veins meet up into the large vein, called the portal vein which goes to the liver.

Any pressure or constipation, chronic, or parasites in the intestines may cause Venous insufficiency. See web page Do I Have Parasites or Intestinal Worms for more information on knowing whether you carry parasites.

Spleen Disorders in Traditional Chinese Medicine

In Traditional Chinese Medicine the Spleen organ system governs keeping the blood within the arteries and veins. It's the qi, chi or energy of the Spleen (spleen-pancreas) system which can have an effect on the pain in the legs as well. The spleen meridian runs along the inside of both legs up to about the knee area. When there is congestion in the spleen meridian (energy congestion) there could be some pain at certain points in the meridian where acupuncturists often insert needles regulate or balance the qi. See an acupuncture chart of the spleen-meridian. Usually when the Spleen is imbalanced, there would be digestive issues as well. More damp forming foods, such as milk, yogurt, cheese can cause the spleen to weaken it's energy.

How To Help the Venous System Heal

The venous system needs nutrients just as much as the arterial system.

In addition cleansing the whole cardiovascular system will include the venous system as well. Careful attention to a staged Vibrational Reading is warranted. In this case, the use of the Kroeger Herb™ Circu-Flow™ Formula may be warranted.

A comprehensive vibrational reading can help heal long-term health difficulties arising out of venous insufficiency.

Remedies Specific for the Veins

Horse chestnut seed

Horse chestnut seed extract tincture is one of the best remedies for chronic venous insufficiency. In fact it is very effective, and listed in the The Complete German Commission E Monographs Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. It is a well researched herbal extract with scientific study.

A. Vogel's Venaforce Liquid and tablets is an excellent product.

Available in Canada at AVogel.ca .

Available in America in the Tablets at Bioforce USA.

Warning: Horse chestnut seed Extract is very unpalatable. Use honey or take with food to mitigate the taste in the tincture..

Many other retail stores carry the Vogel Herbal Formulas in America.

Antioxidant and Berry Formulas

Certain herbal formulas may also be highly beneficial for venous insufficiency. Berries, such as blue-berries may provide anti-oxidants and other phytochemicals which are highly beneficial to the veins.