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How much should I worry about calf pain?

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

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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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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Ran marathon last wk. Had calf pain/weakness for 3 weeks b4; now worse. Read DVT is often mistaken for calf pain. On birth control. Should I worry?

Ran marathon last wk. Had calf pain/weakness for 3 weeks b4; now worse.  Read DVT is often mistaken for calf pain. On birth control. Should I worry?

Probably not.: I would worry less since you ran a marathon last week! That's awesome! I know MY calves would be sore if I ran that far! I would say most runners will have sore calves after a marathon! BCPs do increase risk of DVT as does smoking, and inactivity (running is very active!). DVTs are usually unilateral, so if both calves are sore, it is probably muscle aches. If calf is hot, swollen, or numb see MD. ...Read more

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Sciatic like pain stiff sore knee.No visible redness/swelling.When to worry about fluid on knee or something bad?Just saw dr for calf pain.blood fine.

Sciatic like pain stiff sore knee.No visible redness/swelling.When to worry about fluid on knee or something bad?Just saw dr for calf pain.blood fine.

Don't worry: I would not worry so much as just that you might want to be seen for a specific diagnosis and treatment options. As you mentioned, it can be a variation of a sciatica, which is leg pain caused by an irritation if a nerve in the back; or it can be from something in the leg itself. A detailed exam and appropriate studies will likely yield the correct diagnosis. ...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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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