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having a lot of pain in my legs feels like something pulling

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having a lot of pain in my legs feels like something pulling inside. I also have lumps on my thighs is this varicose veins?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 4 years ago.
Where are the lumps
Any swelling?
RIs?
dt
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
On my thighs. There is little swelling. Restless leg syndromn
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 4 years ago.
If these lumps are sort of like little bags of worms they could be varicose veins.
Swelling from extensive bad veins usually is worse the lower you go in the leg, but varicose veins can occur anywhere.
If the swelling dents when you press on it it could be from bad veins or from other conditions such as heart or kidney problems.
Varicose veins per se can be diagnosed on inspection by your doctor.
The test to look at the venous system in the legs and to rule out clots is called a lower extremity doppler test. This would tell you what you need to know.
Good Luck
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
This doppler test is it invasive or is it dye because I am allergic to the dye?
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 4 years ago.
No not at all, It is base on ultra sound and is none invasive.
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
What about the pulling feeling in my legs could this be part of it?
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 4 years ago.
If there is edema this could account for that.
Lower spine problems or another structural issues as well.
dt
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
I don't understand what is edema? What does another structural issue mean?
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 4 years ago.
Edema would be the swelling caused by the venous stasis or bad veins.
A pulling sensation in the legs could also be from problems in the pelvis but this sounds less likely. A simple x ray of the lumbar/sacral spine would show if thins look normal.
The pulling sensation can also be part of restless leg syndrome and is described along with other sensations such as tickling, prickling, etc.
Probably, if you have swelling, the doppler studies are your best bet at this point.
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