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Dr. Joshua Rovner
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I have a sharp stabbing pain in my left calf muscle in my left leg , what could it be ?

I have a sharp stabbing pain in my left calf muscle in my left leg , what could it be ?

Calf pain: this can be many things. could be anything from a blood clot, muscle strain, herniated disc (sciatica) or other things. If it continues you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Robert Roaney
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I keep getting sharp stabbing pain in the heels of my feet and in my calf muscle only on my right leg with a little swelling. What could be causing it? And what can I do to get it to stop?

I keep getting sharp stabbing pain in the heels of my feet and in my calf muscle only on my right leg with a little swelling. What could be causing it? And what can I do to get it to stop?

Heel andCalf pain: Your shoes may not be allowing enough midfoot support. Arch supports may help. Calf pain can be from suboptimal shoe heel height and from low potassium as well as other cuases. A podiatrist may prove helpful as well as ice packs to heels 15 mins 3x/dy. ...Read more

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Dr. Esther Poza-juncal
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Pain in calf to left side, stabbing pain that lasts for few seconds then goes and then comes back been going on now for a hour! Muscle or nerve pain?

Pain in calf to left side, stabbing pain that lasts for few seconds then goes and then comes back been going on now for a hour! Muscle or nerve pain?

Either or neither: If there is pain but no swelling, tenderness, warmth or redness to the area, either could do it and it would not be worrisome. If the calf is swollen or tender please do see someone to have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Dr. Wenjay Sung
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Dr. Craig Miller
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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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Dr. Steven Simon
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Can si joint problem cause pain in calf? sharp pain over left SI joint plus a bit in hip but also have stabbing pain in calf had MRI and spine is fine

Can si joint problem cause pain in calf? sharp pain over left SI joint plus a bit in hip but also have stabbing pain in calf had MRI and spine is fine

SI jnt pain not calf: SI joint pain refers to low back primarily, but can radiate to upper buttock, posterior, lateral,thigh, and occasionally to groin. Calf pain is not related to SI dysfunction. Visit a PMR doctor or orthopedist for an evaluation to determine the cause of your pain, and start a treatment program ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
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Stabbing pain in calf. No clots found. Any ideas?

Stabbing pain in calf. No clots found. Any ideas?

You might: Have ruptured tendon. If it persists, consult with ortho surgeon. Or it could be a nerve or artery problem too. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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What do you suggest for bad pain in calf muscle what do I do?

What do you suggest for bad pain in calf muscle what do I do?

Get checked.: You should see a non- surgical sports medicine specialist, who can determine if it's just a strain , or something more serious. Icing the calf for 20 minutes at a time, 3-4 times per day, can be helpful. Also, if you can take aleve or advil, as directed, it may help as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Grace Torres-Hodges
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Acute pain in calf muscle at a specific spot. I can feel a slight bulge when I touch the spot. The condition exists from several years.

May be injured: This sounds like an old injury to the calf muscle which may have resulted in adhesions (scarring) as part of healing. A new growth must also be ruled out. A diagnostic ultrasound can be ordered, but an MRI would be more useful. It needs to be examined. See a podiatrist, foot/ankle specialist or orthopedist. ...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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