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Im having a mild stabbing calf pain when sitting or lying down. should I be worried?

Im having a mild stabbing calf pain when sitting or lying down. should I be worried?

What.. Me Worry....: Calf pain is generally something to be concerned about. Especially concerning, if the symptoms are getting worse or are not being relieved with rest. best to have a consultation to cone down on the possibilities. ...Read more

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Calf Pain (Definition)

Means a pain in the calf. This can be from muscle strain, a clot in a vein, a torn tendon, infection or a host of several other problems, including referred pain from someplace higher up, like the lower back. The best starting place for calf pain is your primary medical doctor, who can then make an appropriate referral depending on what he or she ...Read more


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Im having a mild stabbing calf pain that comes and goes and last a seconds when sitting or lying down. What could be the cause?

Im having a mild stabbing calf pain that comes and goes and last a seconds when sitting or lying down. What could be the cause?

Doesn't sound seriou: if lasts for only seconds, it is not likley to be serious. it could be a muscle fiber twitching or going into a spasm. this could occur with muscle fatigue, or overstretching certain muscles. perhaps you are doing a particular exercise which is causing this. ...Read more

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Hi, I am having calf pain while lying down. Don't know why because I work out and follow a vegetarian diet. Cardiovascular problems run in my family.

Hi, I am having calf pain while lying down. Don't know why because I work out and follow a vegetarian diet. Cardiovascular problems run in my family.

Oftentimes: Pain while lying down may be secondary to a back issue. An emg/ncv may be in order. Calf pain may be due to D.V.T or a clot and you should see a dr as this is a serious issue. ...Read more

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I have mild calf pain in both legs that comes and goes. It gets worse when lying down and feels best after working out. Should I worry about dvt?

I have mild calf pain in both legs that comes and goes. It gets worse when lying down and feels best after working out.  Should I worry about dvt?

Possibly: While not typical DVT can present with symptoms of venous hypertension. In addition to DVT, venous hypertension can be associated with varicose vein disease. Many patients with venous hypertension will complain of a dull, vague ache of the legs that improves with exercise but is particularly bothersome in the evening when lying down. Consult with a board certified vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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I am experiencing limb spasms, contracture, limb pain and calf pain.worse lying down both feet&lower legs.2daystook relaxer to sleep dr ordered bmp?

I am experiencing  limb spasms, contracture, limb pain and calf pain.worse lying down both feet&lower legs.2daystook relaxer to sleep dr ordered bmp?

Unclear question: BMP is a common screening test but is usually not diagnostic of an illness. You should go through with the evaluation and follow your doctor's advice. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Deep pain in L buttock. Tension L hip. Stiff lower back. Numbness/tingling L shin & sole of foot. Cramping sensation in foot. L calf pain. Weakness in leg. Worse w/exertion/sitting/standing/lying down. Scans hip/butt OK. Suggestions, possibilities?

Deep pain in L buttock. Tension L hip. Stiff lower back. Numbness/tingling L shin & sole of foot. Cramping sensation in foot. L calf pain. Weakness in leg. Worse w/exertion/sitting/standing/lying down. Scans hip/butt OK. Suggestions, possibilities?

Please repost: and explain what you mean by a "butt" scan. Medically there's no such thing as a "butt" scan. Abandon your unfortunate tendency to use vague colloquial words like "butt" and and state EXACTLY what the scan was called. What you need is a scan of your lumbosacral spine, not your "butt." ...Read more

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Chronic calf pain in both calves. Throbbing when laying down. What could this be?

Vascular issues: If the calf tenderness is associated with swelling you should consider an evaluation for peripheral vascular disease. In addition the deep vein thrombosis can cause severe calf pain and leg swelling usually is not in both Legs but this is very serious and must be rolled out. ...Read more

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1 week+ recurring calf pain in alternating legs. Worse when stationary especially bad laying down. Tested no DVT or sciatica. Legs look normal. Ideas?

Other Causes: A venous ultrasound is the gold standard for the diagnosis of DVT from the level of the groin to the upper ankle. If this is negative then you most likely do not have DVT. A d-dimer blood test especially if negative will further exclude DVT. There are many cause of leg pains and you should be evaluated for these. See your medical doctor. ...Read more

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From side of hip down to calf pain mostly when lay down. Have to lay on back . heatpad somewhat helps massageing the hip muscle and calf helps?

From side of hip down to calf pain mostly when lay down. Have to lay on back . heatpad somewhat helps massageing the hip muscle and calf helps?

You need more than: You need more than that to relieve your pain. See your PCP and get a referral to see a Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Specialist who is an osteopath (NMM/OMT) in your network. He or she can assess you to see what is underlying your sciatic nerve or other muscle strains and then decompress you to relieve your pain quickly. S/he will do imaging if warranted or make a referral. Time to get relief! ...Read more

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Calf pain when walking. I get a pulling sensation deep in calf when walking. Sometimes electric shock like sensation that shoot down medial and back o?

Calf pain when walking. I get a pulling sensation deep in calf when walking. Sometimes electric shock like sensation that shoot down medial and back o?

Calf muscles: This babies are often stiff in the AM and it is easy to misstep and tear the musculotendinous junction. ALWAYS warm up before any strenuous activity. Try the runner's stretch with alternate legs-gently. ...Read more

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I have calf pain when I sit or lay down. Like a champ. And my foot feels like it is asleep.

Nothing Good: severe calf pain in a 39 year old girl without a history of trauma should make one concerned. This condition needs to evaluated by a professional and soon. Many questions need to asked and answered. ...Read more

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Moderate calf pain that radiates down back of leg towards ankle..worse when walking and going up and down stairs. what could it be and what to do?

Muscle strain : There are many potential causes of calf pain, the most common of which is a muscle strain. Try to ice the area and take an anti-inflammatory medicine such as Ibuprofen (with food) for relief. If you are experiencing chest pain or trouble breathing with these symptoms, however, then you should call your doctor immediately, as this could indicate a more worrisome cause. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Can a tight belt whilst sitting down for long periods cause severe calf pain in both legs ?

Calf pain: Calf pain is not typically from a tight belt, however it can be caused by sitting down for long periods of time. Movement such as walking, stretching, biking, swimming and jogging can increase the blood flow and decrease the risk of blot clots in the lower legs. If you are having pain or tightness in the back of both calves you must go to urgent care as this can be life threatening! ...Read more

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Heel very painful to put down in morning,with constant calf pain and very painful knee at front severe crunching up and down stairswith not much of swelling,and lower back pain could it all be connected?

Heel very painful to put down in morning,with constant calf pain and very painful knee at front severe crunching up and down stairswith not much of swelling,and lower back pain could it all be connected?

Many causes: There could be a problem with the Achilles tendon and calf muscle (gastrocnemius or soleus), or there could be a problem in the lower back, related to to the S1 nerve. When a muscle is bothered, it affected the way you walk and it can cause back pain too. ...Read more

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Hi,i have Heel very painful to put down in morning,with constant calf pain and very painful knee at front severe crunching up and down stairswith not much of swelling,and lower back pain could it all be connected?

Hi,i have Heel very painful to put down in morning,with constant calf pain and very painful knee at front severe crunching up and down stairswith not much of swelling,and lower back pain could it all be connected?

Knee, calf, or back?: Does the crunching occur with a sound or a feeling? Does your knee feel ok with movement when you are not bearing weight on it? I would be concerned about your knee and your calf muscle based on these observations. ...Read more

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I have calf pain, pain shooting down both legs, hip/bottom/lower back pain. Have varicose veins on left leg & pain mostly that side. Sciatic?

I have calf pain, pain shooting down both legs, hip/bottom/lower back pain. Have varicose veins on left leg & pain mostly that side. Sciatic?

>yes: yes it's the most logical reason. You should consult with your family physician and have an x-ray or MRI to confirm any pathology in the lower back usually L5 S1 ...Read more

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32y f possible kidney disease, current fracture in foot, freezing cold & later sweating. Feel run down, bad calf pain in leg with fracture. Advice?

Ask your doctor: Many things going on here. Could be reflex sympathetic dystrophy which is an abnormal neurological reaction to trauma. Calf pain could possibly be phlebitis or a clot. Are you walking on foot? Consult your doctor immediately! ...Read more

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Can you die from calf pain?

Yes: I agree with dr. Rosen. Need to rule out blood clots on the legs as the clots can break off and travel to lung. People can die from blood clots in the lung. Now, other causes of calf pain- will also include restless leg syndrome; related to iron deficiency ; muscle problems ( inflammation or sprain etc) and many more. Need to know what the cause is- that is important. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I exercise with out calf pain?

Should not have: Recurrent calf pain is a symptom of a problem. Start with your family doctor. A vascular ultrasound is a useful initial exam.Most causes can be helped. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about calf pain?

Depends: It depends on the severity, frequency as well as the when and how. What makes it better or worse. One leg, both legs. Is it associated with swelling? Are there general health issues? Are you at risk for peripheral vascular disease? Do you have low spinal problems. Or does this come on only after vigorous exercise? ...Read more

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Severe left calf pain. How to alleviate?

Severe left calf pain. How to alleviate?

Possible muscle tear: You are in the correct age range to sustain a variable tear of the muscle belly of the calf (gastrocnemius) muscle in its muscle belly just below the knee joint. With such injury a hematoma may form within the muscle which can cause considerable pain until the hematoma resolves slowly with time, compression, rest and ice. ...Read more

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How should I treat severe left calf pain?

Depends on the cause: Calf pain can develop from a partial tear of the calf muscle, a blood clot, a ruptured baker's cyst from behind the knee, contusion/hematoma, strain due to altered gait/limping or it can be referred pain, often from nerve irritation from the lumbar spine. How you treat calf pain differs depending on the diagnosis. Until you see a physician, pain meds, limiting your weight-bearing & icing can help. ...Read more

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What could cause calf pain for over a week?

What could cause calf pain for over a week?

First and foremost: A clot in the leg which is considered a medical emergency. Always better safe than sorry, with the info you provided you need to seek immediate attention. If you can provide more detail so that we no longer think it is a clot then that would be fine, but this needs to be checked out and advise you to go to urgent care or ER. If you are female, smoke or on birth control or obese risk increases. ...Read more

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I'm having outside calf pain, what can I do?

I'm having outside calf pain, what can I do?

Strain/partial tear: Calf swelling and pain can often be due to local trauma- either a significant strain or actual partial muscle tear. This allows for local bleeding or hematoma formation within the injured muscle. Partial tears of the gastrocnemius (medial/inside head) are common injuries that may take weeks to resolve with rest, ice, elevation and ace wrap compression as the standard treatment. ...Read more

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Anybody have any remedies to help with calf pain?

Find the cause: There are lots of things than can be causing calf pain from simple over-use to vascular disease. The answer depends greatly on your medical history. You need to see your doc to find the cause of the pain and treat this cause. ...Read more