Terrible leg pain when walking/standing...help
About a week ago, I was sitting around my apartment & I began to have a terrible pain in my lower back. After a couple of days of this, the pain in my back lessened but it seemed to move to my thigh & has gradually been going down my leg ever since. Right now, there is a lot of pain in my calf. The pain is always in the back of my leg and hurts primarily when I stand up and walk. I can only walk for about a minute before the pain becomes overwhelming and I need to sit down. While at rest, the pain is limited but has made me restless at night. Everything I have found online points to intermittent claudication, but that seems to happen primarily in older people & I'm only 22.
So my primary question is whether or not anyone has heard of cases of intermittent claudication in someone as young as I am? I'm a smoker and, in all honesty, do not take the best physical care of myself...so is that a real possibility? Other than that, do these symptoms sound like anything else? Any help would be extremely appreciated because the hospital was useless & I do not have a doctor's appointment for another ten days.