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When I get a massage, why are my lower legs so tender when

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When I get a massage, why are my lower legs so tender when massaged? I don, t have symptoms of clots. Could I have peripheral artery disease?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 4 years ago.

Hello, Thank you for your question, I’m Dr. Saha and I’ll try to help you. When did the symptom start? Is there any redness? rise of temperature? Is there any swelling? In which part of the leg? How frequently do you feel it?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I noticed this tenderness a few years ago and there is no redness or swelling.

Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 4 years ago.
In which part of the leg exactly?
How frequently do you feel it?
Did you consult doctor?
Did you have any test for it?
Is your diabetes under control?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

No tests done yet. I have not mentioned it to my doc. Calves are affected area. My calves ache sometimes but not daily. Diabetes is under control with my endocrinologist.

Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 4 years ago.
Thank you for the information,
The pain or tenderness after massage in the leg can come from different causes.
There are different structures or tissues.
In diabetes there can be muscle pain, neuropathy.
It is more common in uncontrolled diabetes.
But your diabetes is under control.
Clot or low blood supply to muscles as in peripheral arterial disease can cause it.
However, clot is unlikely to be a cause when it is present for a few years.
Overwork or fatigue can be a factor.
Sometimes other factors like bone & joint diseases, myositis, low electrolytes or minerals etc can be associated.
Fibromyalgia is a cause of tender points but it is felt in other different parts of the body.
I would suggest to take an examination by doctor.
Tests like blood metabolic panel, doppler ultrasound, EMG, NCV can be taken.
Please try to keep good hydration.
Take fresh fruits & vegetables which are rich in vitamins, minerals.
I hope this information helps.
I will be happy to assist, if you need any clarification.
Please feel free for any follow up query.
Best wishes.