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Causes Of Pain Under Calf Muscles
Several things: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with his doctor. In that meeting, his doctor will listen to him, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell him what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
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
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
Check labs and shoes: Make sure to check serum electrolytes, particularly potassium. Dehydration is a common cause, so check urine color, it should be light yellow. Gait can cause unusual strain on these muscles, so check your shoes for uneven wear. If needed, see a podiatrist for shoe orthotic correction. Venous thrombosis, or clots, are unusual in both legs, but look for redness, or swelling of the legs. ...Read more
My calf muscle look big, is this a problem? I kind a want to slim down my calf cause it looks pretty big...
Program@birth: It's in ur make up, and was inherited. Nothing to do about it. ...Read more
I get a hot feeling on my calf muscle off and on now I also feel it in my thigh. What causes this? Sitting and standing by the way.
Calf Calorics: Heat is one of many sensations, both normal and abnormal, that the body can perceive due to a stimulus that is real or unreal. Typically if there is nerve compression somewhere along the course of the nerve as it passes through tissues or at the level of the spine itself, this sensation can occur. If associated with weakness or pain it may be a spinal disc issue causing compression on a nerve. ...Read more
Cramp or muscle tear: If you have traveled recently, had pelvis or lower extremity surgery, have a family or personal history of blood clots then that is possible. If just sitting around when occurs, then cramp or ruptured baker's cyst. If during exercise then gastroc (calf muscle) tear. If recent increase of running or walking, then stress fracture but usually does not cause sudden pain. ...Read more
What would cause intermittent pain in left calf? No redness. Just a small spot at the bottom of the inside of the calf muscle.
A charlie horse.....: Large muscles use a lot of energy to do work, and this is supplied by blood. If the supply is not adequate their can be painful spasm; and if metabolites from heavy activity are not removed there can be spasm. Other causes can be a trapped nerve root irritating the muscle. Some people have greater likelihood of spasm due to underlying genetic causes. ...Read more
Calf muscle contraction:
If you are experiencing the cramping at night then this is likely due to compression of lumbar nerves coming from your lower back. You may want to change the position in which you sleep or possibly even the mattress you are sleeping on.
Follow up with a neurologist to determine whether you have lumbar spine problems.
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Multiple factors:: Low potassium, low calcium, muscle overuse, trauma, dehydration are common causes. Massage with Bio-Freeze and stretch by pulling toes toward your chest or stand and lift your up using foot and toes (calf stretch), I suggest electrolyte rich drinks (Powerade, Gatorade, Vitamin Water, Pedialyte) and calcium tablets (Caltrate) ...Read more
Could this be a sign of blood clots? I am on the pill now for 5 months. Monday of last week I noticed an odd ache in my left calf muscle and ankle, no over exercise or stretching to cause this. Next day same thing but the cramps a little worse so I took s
It is possible.: The pill and other oral contraceptives can increase your risk of blood clot and especially so if your are a smoker. If you have swelling in that leg compared to the other or tenderness then I would have a high suspicion for a clot. Call your doc or go to a local urgent care or emergency department. If it is getting worse do not ignore it. ...Read more
Can a herniated L-5 with annular tear plus oa in the spine cause pain and spasm in calf muscle In the leg?
Should a hard lump on inner side of calf muscle be cause for concern? Lump is small. Recently had a similar hard lump on back of neck. 33 yr old male.
Yes it's possible!: It's possible that swelling from the injury causing obstruction to venous flow (coupled with immobility of the leg due to injury) can both lead to clot formation. The problem is that swelling at the calf and below would be expected from injury alone. Blood clot below the knee is less worrisome, but if it spreads higher, then treatment would be warranted. Ultrasound would be best for diagnosis. ...Read more