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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Pain Under Calf Muscles

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What are some things that can cause problems for calf muscle tissue?

What are some things that can cause problems for calf muscle tissue?

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

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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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My left calf muscle hurts and swells up when I exercise it, what causes this?

My left calf muscle hurts and swells up when I exercise it, what causes this?

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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What could cause severe constant pain in my calf muscle?

What could cause severe constant pain in my calf muscle?

Possible clot: Many things can cause calf pain. The most concerning would be a possible blood clot in the legs, otherwise known as a dvt. Symptoms include calf tenderness, swelling and redness of the extremity. I would recommend getting evaluated asap. ...Read more

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What could cause me to get severe pain in my calf muscles?

What could cause me to get severe pain in my calf muscles?

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

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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.

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

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What is the cause of a large hard lump in my calf muscle?

What is the cause of a large hard lump in my calf muscle?

Injury or growth: This could be the result of injury or a tear to the muscle, muscle spasming (ie: charlie horse), a benign growth or tumor, or a much more serious problem such as a sarcoma (malignant cancer of the muscle). You need to see a doctor to check this out. ...Read more

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What could be the cause for a sudden sharp pain in calf muscle?

What could be the cause for a sudden sharp pain in calf muscle?

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

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What would cause intermittent pain in left calf? No redness. Just a small spot at the bottom of the inside of the calf muscle.

What would cause intermittent pain in left calf? No redness. Just a small spot at the bottom of the inside of the calf muscle.

Pain in calf: The desciption you give makes me think of a muscle or tendon problem. Could be a tendonitis-an irritation of the tendon from overuse, or a muscle strain/tear.
If it continues have your doctor evaluate. ...Read more

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What causes a painful muscle spasm in the calf muscle?

What causes a painful muscle spasm in 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

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What can cause calf muscle contractions?

What can cause calf muscle contractions?

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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I have heat emanating from my right leg, between the sin and calf muscle, cause?

I have heat emanating from my right leg, between the sin and calf muscle, cause?

Infection/inflammed: Get it examined. You may have phlebitis or cellulitis of the leg- call now or go directly to the ER. ...Read more

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Calf muscle spasm. What causes this and how can I stretch it out when it happens.

Calf muscle spasm. What causes this and how can I stretch it out when it happens.

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

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What causes calf muscle twitching and a high pulse?

What causes calf muscle twitching and a high pulse?

2 things: Not a usual combination. My answer is specualtive (beware). High catecholamine levels (or caffeine, cocaine, amphetamine or other stimulants) can cause this or they may be totally unrelated. ...Read more

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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

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

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Severe pain in calf muscle and a lot of fluid in knee what could cause it?

Severe pain in calf muscle and a lot of fluid in knee what could cause it?

Many causes.: It can be arthritis, a torn ligament or tendon, a meniscal tear, or a loose body, just to name a few possibilities. See an orthopedic knee specialist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can a herniated L-5 with annular tear plus oa in the spine cause pain and spasm in calf muscle In the leg?

Can a herniated L-5 with annular tear plus oa in the spine cause pain and spasm in calf muscle In the leg?

Possibly: If your disc rupture is compressing the S-1 nerve root, just below L-5, referred pain in both calf and foot might be experienced. If this is an underlying progression, your doctor needs to know so that preventative treatment can be started. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Get examined: Most "lumps" a person finds are benign should be evaluated by a doc at least for piece of mind. Special tests like an MRI or ultimately a biopsy may be in order. They should at least be sized and have a follow exam as well. ...Read more

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Can a severely torn calf muscle cause a blood clot?

Can a severely torn calf muscle cause a blood clot?

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

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Can a disc herniation L5S1 cause cramping sensation in the calf muscle? Calf Does not hurt when touched

Can a disc herniation L5S1 cause cramping sensation in the calf muscle? Calf Does not hurt when touched

Yes: That nerve does go down the leg. It known as the sciatic nerve and it may and can give you symptoms in the calf. That should be discussed with your doctor to see what can be done ...Read more

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Cause of warming sensation specific to one area of calf muscle. Comes and goes not warm to touch however the entire muscle feels crampy when touched?

Cause of warming sensation specific to one area of calf muscle. Comes and goes not warm to touch however the entire muscle feels crampy when touched?

Get ultrasound: It is reasonable to get an ultrasound to rule out blood clot when someone has pain in the calf region, especially when the pain is only on one side. Infection of the skin should also be considered. Your doctor can evaluate and treat for these possible causes. ...Read more

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Besides intermittent claudication what else can cause calf muscle pain?

Besides intermittent claudication what else can cause calf muscle pain?

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

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Is there any medication that can cause a detached retina or torn calf muscle?

Is there any medication that can cause a detached retina or torn calf muscle?

None: These are mechanical and structural events usually preceded by straining or anatomical problems. No medication will cause them but some can ease the pain. ...Read more

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Have a sudden movement in my calf muscle at times in the night mostly cause? Restless leg syndrome?

RLS...maybe: RLS is a common, terribly bothersome, sleep disruption that has unclear causes in most cases. Nocturnal recumbency leg cramps, on the other hand actually hurt ("Charlie horse cramp"), whereas RLS gives the sensation one just MUST move the leg/legs. Rarely, electrolyte imbalance can mimic RLS. Interestingly, some anti-Parkinson's disease meds at low doses, are highly effective for RLS. ...Read more

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A six year old puncture wound to the front of my right shin causes considerable pain in the back of my calf muscle from boxing training. Ideas?

A six year old puncture wound to the front of my right shin causes considerable pain in the back of my calf muscle from boxing training. Ideas?

Puncture wound: Did it puncture the bone too? How was it treated? R u sure the calf pain is originating from puncture wound? See your pmd. ...Read more

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Can disc bulge at l5-s1 cause atrophy of calf muscle?

Can disc bulge at l5-s1 cause atrophy of calf muscle?

Yes: In a young person like yourself, you might want to get a neurosurgery consult. Atrophy of muscle due to a disc bulge is an indication for surgery. Pain from a disc can be treated with medication and physical therapy in many cases; muscle atrophy or loss of function cannot. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a pulled or torn calf muscle cause pain in the bottom of a foot or flat feet?

Yes: Most of the pain in the foot would be due to compensation from the calf injury. ...Read more