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I have swollen, tight feeling, calf muscle. How can I alleviate this pain?

I have swollen, tight feeling, calf muscle. How can I alleviate this pain?

Could be a spasthism: Muscle spasm as well as possible varicose vein are alleviated by taking anti-inflammatory medications and possibly using a warm moist wrap for 1-2 hours at a time. However, the best option for unremitting pain and swelling is to see your physician to rule out a blood clot in your deep leg veins/ dvt, as it could be a serious issue. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

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


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Hi I have been experiencing right claf swelling mainly after I have alcohol- the calf muscle gets really tight and swells about 1/2" ?

Hi I have been experiencing right claf swelling mainly after I have alcohol- the calf muscle gets really tight and swells about 1/2" ?

Not Sure: Alcohol and isolated calf swelling are not a seen as far as I know. The most important thing to rule out is a blood clot in your leg, but usually that swelling is persistent and does not come and go. Varicose veins can cause swelling which may be the cause as if you you drink too much, your liver may swell and blood flow from legs may be impeded and cause the swelling, See your MD to confirm. ...Read more

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I was sleeping and I guess I stretched my legs and my right calf muscle clenched. It was painful. It happened twice this wknd. ?

I was sleeping and I guess I stretched my legs and my right calf muscle clenched. It was painful. It happened twice this wknd. ?

Spasm: Sounds like you already have some serious medical issues. Your muscles probably slashed. Drink your water and your orange juice to keep the potassium up. See doctor if happens again ...Read more

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I have some small lumps in back of calf muscle in the middle that feel hot and are sore to the touch by end of day muscle feels tight?

I have some small lumps in back of calf muscle in the middle that feel hot and are sore to the touch by end of day muscle feels tight?

See MD: Please see an MD to rule out blood clots, deep and superficial. Could also be a varicose vein as these can hurt end of day and feel hot etc. ...Read more

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Why is my calf muscle in the back of my leg feeling sore or tight? I need some advice.

Why is my calf muscle in the back of my leg feeling sore or tight? I need some advice.

Rule out DVT: The most dangerous thing to rule out (assuming no trauma to the leg) is deep vein thrombosis, or blood clot. This is evaluated by doppler ultrasound. Once this is ruled out, then other more common, but non life-threatening musculoskeletal conditions can be evaluated. ...Read more

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I strained my calf muscle six months ago and it still feels tight and sometimes it tingles. Should i go back to my ortho doc?

I strained my calf muscle six months ago and it still feels tight and sometimes it tingles.  Should i go back to my ortho doc?

Yes: These injuries take a while to heal , but sometimes a tight calf may be a lot more such as a blood clot, so best play it safe and get reexamined. ...Read more

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This wknd I stretched when sleeping and woke up to lower calf muscle spasms in my right leg. I had two this wknd. How to stop them?

Spasms: I strongly recommend you have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility. That team should be well able to get you under control. Hope all goes well - please keep me posted. ...Read more

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I strained my left calf muscle 14 weeks ago. At first dr was concerned it was a clot and did an ultrasound no clot. It's still tight at night. Why hasn't it healed ? Is there possibly a clot?

I strained my left calf muscle 14 weeks ago. At first dr was concerned it was a clot and did an ultrasound no clot. It's still tight at night. Why hasn't it healed ? Is there possibly a clot?

A clot: is really RULED OUT by the Ultrasound but a "simple" strain/sprain should have resolved., You need to seea Board Certified ORTHOPEDIST who may wish to order an MRI to Rule OUT a Gastroc TEAR ! Ask your PCP to refer you! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more