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Pulmonary Fibrosis

Leg pain

02/09/2009

Question:

I have about 47% lung capacity, I sleep with oxgen. I use O2 when I walk about one hour a day for exercise with no leg pain, but if I stand around (shopping) for a long period of time my calves ache. Would this be caused by low O2 in the body? Thanks

Answer:

Symptoms of low oxygen will usually be worse when a person is exercising and so disappearance of the symptoms when walking would make it unlikely that low oxygen is causing the leg pain. Ask you doctor whether spinal stenosis is a possibility.

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Response by:

James N Allen, Jr, MD James N Allen, Jr, MD
Clinical Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University