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Calf Muscle Pain During Pregnancy
It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more
Stretch: During a seizure a person can have very intense muscle contractions throughout their body. It can strain and exhaust the muscles. If your calves are sore you can try gently stretching them. If its very painful you can try some tylenol (acetaminophen) or massage some vic's or bengay into the sore areas. ...Read more
L4 Radiculopathy: Disk herniations at l4-5, could cause pressure to either the L4 or L5 nerves or both. L5 would cause the outside of the calf and top of the foot to be affected. Weakness bringing the toes and ankle up may be present. L5-s1 hnp could cause s1 nerve pressure with back of calf painful and sensations in heel and sole of foot. Any weakness would be in gastroc. Mri would answer definitively. ...Read more
Lots of potential causes of calf pain including blood clots, muscle spasms, muscle tears or sprains, popliteal artery entrapment, dehydration, abnormal electrolytes, nerve injuries, exertional compartment syndrome, or even stress fractures.
If it doesn't resolve with basic treatment of rest, ice, compression and elevation, you should probably get it checked. ...Read more
Many: Calf muscle pain can be caused by many different conditions besides claudication. To name an additional few: pinched nerve coming from the spine, muscle strain, nocturnal leg cramps, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, blood clot. And others. Discuss with your md to evaluate further. ...Read more
I got calf muscle tightness/cramp in the shower? Had calf muscle pain doesn't hurt bad lasts 10 secs then goes away.?
Cramps: These are muscle cramps. What is your question? ...Read more
What cause calf muscle pain and aches, no sign of swelling or redness? Cold feet and toes on and off
Bilateral calf muscle pain at rest, pins and needles in both legs should I start to worry and seek medical help?
Seek help: You need to have this problem evaluated. A neurologist or your family doctor, if you have one, would be good starting points. ...Read more
Acute calf muscle pain? Feels sore like after a Charley horse but did not actually experience a Charley horse. A college student & overweight. Advice?
To the doctor, ASAP.: Severe calf pain, seemingly for no reason, can be the onset of a serious condition known as a deep vein thrombosis, or clot. Because of the potential consequences of leaving it untreated, you should move to have your leg evaluated quickly. There could be other reasons also, but without a better history of your condition, it would be best to have it evaluated, and right soon. ...Read more
Is it normal to have achy muscles in early pregnancy? I am having random pains in my arms and legs. Mostly the front of my right calf muscle.
Some do: Some pregnant patients complain of various muscle and joint pain. At your next prenatal care appointment bring this issue up so that your doctor can do a thorough evaluation. ...Read more
2 reasons: There are many reasons for the aching. Prolonged sitting can lead to pulling of blood in your lower extremities which can give you the feeling of aching, numbness, or burning. Another reason can be a bulging, protrusion, or herniated disc. Prolonged sitting can cause impingement of your spinal nerves which can also be a cause of your symptoms. ...Read more
They won't: Even at bedrest, you can perform arm and leg exercises to keep the muscle tone intact. ...Read more
I'm in my 6th month of pregnancy and I have horrible muscle pains in my right butt cheek and my right knee! What could this be from?
In the last two years I have injured both knees, an ankle, and a calf muscle. All during simple/common activities -?
A statement of fact-: -not a question. Be specific and form a? . As it stands there can be no answer until a? Is asked. ...Read more
I have a deep throbbing pain in my calf muscle while going up and down the stairs and during football practice but no other time?
Sounds muscular: The fact it involves only certain weight bearing activities suggests that it is muscular issue, most likely pulled or strained muscle. If it was stress fracture, it would hurt most likely with all weight bearing activities & would present like a shin splint in the front of leg, not where the bulk of the muscles are found like the calf. See your doctor for evaluation & treatment if painful enough. ...Read more
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My calf muscle seized up during spin class. I felt severe pain and couldn't move it. It subsided with a hot bath but still not 100%. What should I do?
I strained my calf muscle during impact in exercise class 2 days ago. I have no bruising or swelling but not able to bear much weight and pain with calf muscle contraction. Should I see doc or continue to rest and offload. Or should I begin stretching a
Swelling in one foot/ankle significantly more than the other during pregnancy. Also some tightness in the calf on that side. Is this normal?
Tylenol, (acetaminophen) topical rub: Many OTC meds are safe in pregnancy, including Acetaminophen (tylenol) for muscle aches and pains. Topical rubs and patches (ben-gay, icy-hot) are also safe, which is considered very good news in the third trimester, when back and shoulder pain can really hurt! massage and, yes, heating pads are safe in pregnancy -- even a jacuzzi, as long as the temperature does not exceed that of a warm bath. ...Read more
Yes: It is possible for a pregnant woman to "pull" one of the long strap-like abdominal wall muscles. If unclear if labor or if it occurs because of a fall, she should notify her physician especially if she has vaginal bleeding, a discharge, cramping or change in pain or fetal movement. The fetus is usually safe surrounded by fluid in the amniotic sac but sometimes there are problems that are urgent. ...Read more
Muscular spasm: Pains are commonplace in pregnant bellies. However, persistent pain that's elicited by palpation may be caused by muscle spasms. This pain is aggravated by movement, standing and weight bearing. Maternity girdles may help with support and give your abdominal muscles a break. Check with your doctor. ...Read more
Does relaxin loosen all muscles / ligaments and bones in body during pregnancy as well as the pelvic area? Thanks
Yes: Though of course it is evolutionarily programmed to help you through childbirth by working specifically on the pelvic ligaments. However, you are probably at increased risk for sprains etc. During this time period, both for this reason and because your balance may be somewhat off. So be careful! I would certainly avoid backbends specifically and use extra care in any exercise regimen. ...Read more
Very common: The demands of pregnancy will alter body composition and muscle tone. Elevated Progesterone is one main culprit. Increase in appetite, a change in metabolism, and increase in weight are common to support the demands of your growing baby. Fat storage will also increase. Don't be discouraged, keep up a level of physical activity, and you will be amazed with the changes expected after you deliver. ...Read more
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more