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I am having a stabbing pain in the middle of my left shin :

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I am having a stabbing pain in the middle of my left shin
JA: How long have you had the pain? What seems to make the pain better or worse?
Customer: It started just a couple days ago and comes and goes sporadically. There does not seem to be anything that triggers it.
JA: Please give me a bit more information, so the Doctor can help you best.
Customer: It does not hurt to touch or press on the area. It seems to occur, or I notice it more, more often while at rest. It is localized to one spot, not a burning ache over the entire shin like shin splints. It is a stabbing sensation always in the same spot. The pain level is about a 3, not too bad, but concerning since there does not seem to be any cause. I have resumed walking for more exercise lately, but I am not obese just a little overweight, and generally active physically every day.
I am a 54 year old man.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Doctor should know?
Customer: I am being treated for a neuroma in my left ring finger so I take gabapentin 600 mg x2 per day. The shin pain feels different, however. I
comes on a little more slowly
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Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 6 months ago.

Hello,
Thank you for your question.
I am Dr Saha, I shall try my best to help you.

Is the pain constant?

How much area on the shin is affected?

Is there any redness, swelling?
Did you try any measure?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
The pain is localized to a small area in the middle of the front of my left shin, just off to the left side of the bone in the fleshy part of the front of the shin. The pain is sporadic and feels kind of like a stabbing sensation. There is no swelling or redness.
I have not tried any measures, other than massaging the spot, which seems to help a little.
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 6 months ago.

Thank you for all the information,
Pain over a particular point of the shin can be from a trauma.
This can be a minor trauma which you may not have remembered.
Other possibility is a muscle pull attached to it during exercise.
Those are the common causes.

You can apply warm, moist compress in addition to massage.

Motrin can be taken for a few days if you do not have contraindication to it.

If the symptom does not subside, I would suggest to get an examination by doctor.

He can take X ray/ ultrasound to rule out any other issue.

I hope this information helps.
If there’s anything else I can do, please let me know.
If you are satisfied, please rate my answer as good or excellent.
Regards.

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