I am having pain/weakness in my right leg from the calf to my inner thigh, and now my right arm is hurting. I am an on again off again smoker, age 40 on birth control; however, I tend to start and stop my BCP because I know I shouldn't be taknig it while smoking. My periods have always been normal until this last one which started in the middle of my pill cycle, lasted for 10 days, accompanied by the leg pain, stomach pain, and now arm pain, all on the right side. I took a pregnancy test which was negative (I've had an ectopic pregnancy before and wanted to rule that out). I had an ultrasound, but have not got the results yet, but I'm expecting it to be normal...my bleeding has basically subsided after the 10 to 11 days, but I continue to have weakness and pain on the right side of my body. I have a herpes sore that comes and goes on the right leg and I took some Acyclovir, which normally works quickly, but this time it didn't do anything, which tells me that's not what this is (i
A Herpes zoster is a painful lesion because the virus affects both skin and peripheral sensitive nerves.
It seems that the irregular vaginal bleeding you are experiencing is not a period but is probably spotting. In cases of ectopic pregnancy vaginal bleeding is functional and due to pregnancy abortion. In cases of ectopic pregnancies, the pregnancy test could be negative HCG may be low, so a blood-based pregnancy test is recommended rather than a urine-based test. An ultrasound scan can help to clear up the causes for this situation. You can consult your gynecologist about this. (NOTE: Ectopic pregnancy canât cause pain in the leg and arm).
Finally, you might consider stopping smoking instead of stopping taking birth control pills. It would be better for your health. For support, you might be interested in our Stop Smoking Forum here on ehealth.
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