© 2008/2010:Dr. V.M.Palaniappan
64. Leg Pain
Over work coupled with under-consumption of food gives a person the leg pain.
Let us assume that a person consumes in a day some 1600 calories worth of food. If he/she is going to over work using 2000 calories worth of energy, a shortage of 400 calories would result.
The brain burns the already stored fats and supplies to meet with the shortage of 400 calories.
If the person does not have stored fats in his body, then, the next choice for the brain will be to burn off the soft tissues, such as that present in the chin, nape, breasts, buttocks, thighs and legs, and also from breasts of women.
This results in ‘muscle loss’, and such regions become soft and tender, losing their hardness (at the calf, it is the cH that gets reduced). This gives the person intense pain, giving comfort when massaged.
The correction procedure requires eating more of energy giving food (preferably high-density food such as meat), or a reduction in the work load of the person, or both.
The energy obtainable from food should always be equal to the energy that is going to be spent in working. Otherwise, this kind of pain, and also duodenal ulcer are bound to occur.
Often these two problems develop only in the Skeletal or Thin people, and not in the obese people, for that latter group eats abundant foods than that required for their works.
As a temporary or instant help to overcome calf or leg pain and also the duodenal ulcer, the sufferer can be orally administered with glucose drinks. However, this should not be continued as a regular option, since it can lead to the development of insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, type I.
Another important reason why a person can get leg pain is related to sedentary lifestyle, with no exercise for the legs.
We often say physical exercise keeps a person fit. Some take this too far to the extent of saying that one should do sweat-out serious exercises such as jogging.
In reality, going to workplace and moving around here and there alone should be enough for a person to keep fit.
A woman working in the kitchen or a retired person sticking to his/her chair with very little walking activity would certainly become ‘unfit’, and would get leg pain.
The only hope for overcoming leg pain in this case will be to go for an evening or morning walk, covering about a mile‘s distance. Climbing staircase a few times daily too would help.
See Calf Pain, Calf Hardness, Obesity, and Body Weight.