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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

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


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

Depends: If sharp, deep, ache type pain.usually muscle. If electrical, burning, tingling.usually nerve. When it happens try keeping knee straight, gently/slowly move top of foot up towards the lower leg/'ankle...making ankle/foot at 90 degrees and hold this. If muscle cramp in calf muscle, should relieve it. Hope this helps. Best of luck. Dr R ...Read more

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I heard and felt a pop followed my an intense stabbing pain in my left calf muscle. Felt like Achilles rupture but higher up. Should I visit the er?

I heard and felt a pop followed my an intense stabbing pain in my left calf muscle.  Felt like Achilles rupture but higher up. Should I visit the er?

Yes: Yes, not because of a possible achilles rupture but stabbing pain in the calf could represent a blood clot. That's definitely a possible emergency. ...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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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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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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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 (naproxen) or advil, as directed, it may help as well. ...Read more

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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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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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Achy & pinching pain in calf muscle that comes & goes. Feels good when I stretch it out. Is it a blood clot?

Achy & pinching pain in calf muscle that comes & goes. Feels good when I stretch it out. Is it a blood clot?

Doubtful: Classic findings with blood clot is increased pain and tenderness with stretching of the calf muscle. If the stretching of the gastrocnemius and solieus muscles improves the discomfort than that would be evidence against a blood clot ...Read more

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Pain in calf muscle of right leg. Difficulty walking. Doc here gave cefuroxime axetil and paracetamol-serratiopetidase-aceclotenac tablets.

Muscle pain: Something is missing from this story. You are receiving an antibiotic and you do not mention any symptoms suggesting an infection. Expand and rephrase the question. ...Read more

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Can you get sciatica just in your calf? I get sharp stabbing pains in back near SI joints and nerve pain in calf, no disks problems though. Piriformis?

Can you get sciatica just in your calf? I get sharp stabbing pains in back near SI joints and nerve pain in calf, no disks problems though. Piriformis?

Sciatica still can b: One can still have sciatica without DISK problems. Many other places within the anatomy of the vertebral bodies that nerve roots involved in causing sciatica can be compromised. Symptoms can radiate above the calf or below the calf...typically into the big toe but certainly not always. The Best option is to neurologist for good once over and potentially some electrical testing is diagnosis unclear. ...Read more

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Burning & sharp stabbing upper and middle back pain can it mean I have a clot in lung? 2 DVT ultrasounds came back clear. Still having calf pain.

Burning & sharp stabbing upper and middle back pain can it mean I have a clot in lung? 2 DVT ultrasounds came back clear. Still having calf pain.

Diagnosis of: Pulmonary embolism might require special blood tests and imaging tests. Whether these tests are applicable to your case depends on a lot of factors. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have sharp pain in my outside left calf muscle whenever I walk?

I have sharp pain in my outside left calf muscle whenever I walk?

Muscle strain: Perhaps you have a tight calf muscle? Or suffered a muscle strain w/o allowing enough time/rest to heal. Check out http://www.runnersworld.com/stretching/how-stretch-your-calf-muscles for cal muscle stretches. If this doesn't help, go see your Family Doc or Sports Medicine expert for evaluation & appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Could I have torn my calf muscle? Felt sharp pain while working out.

Could I have torn my calf muscle? Felt sharp pain while working out.

Many possible: There is a very small muscle in the calf that is called the plantaris muscle and sometimes it can get injured while working out. People often describe a sudden sharp pain in the calf. Not always associated with swelliing or bruising. Other possibilities are strain or rupture of achilles tendon but this causes a lot of pain and swelling and difficulty with walking. See your doc for evaluation. ...Read more

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I just recently started having a sharp stabbing pain in my left calf. The pain lasts for a few seconds and now there's a lump what could it be?

Muscle pull: We're always concerned with blood clots when we see calf pain, but this does not sound like one since you don't mention redness, swelling or tenderness. My best guess given the supplied info is either a pulled or partially torn gastrocnemius (resulting in a palpable lump) or possibly a soft tissue mass giving you nerve pain. "Lumps" should never b ignored. See your doctor and have it checked. ...Read more

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Heard a loud pop and then felt immediate, sharp stabbing pain in my calf. What could cause this? I also had a charlie horse in same calf yesterday

Muscle tear: It may be a calf muscle tear. This painful injury typically occurs during activities that require sudden changes in direction like tennis. A pop may be heard, and there will be some swelling and bruising. Please have this properly evaluated. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in left calf, muscle tense when standing, no notable swelling or redness. No pain when squish calf but muscle tense. Bloodclot?

Sharp pain in left calf, muscle tense when standing, no notable swelling or redness. No pain when squish calf but muscle tense. Bloodclot?

Calf pain: Would check it out for blood clot, though may also be Baker's cyst rupture or tendonitis. But since the sequela of blood clot can be devastating would follow up with doctor and get doppler ultrasound today. I have seen some very asymptomatic clots. ...Read more

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One heel, pain, worse when resting (sharp stabbing pain intermittently), now seems to be travelling up to the calf. Perhaps since I'm favoring the one?

Needed heel exam...: There are several conditions that can cause heels to hurt. Some hurt more with weight bearing, some off weight and other hurt all the time. What is concerning is that the pain is now affecting your calf. This could be tendon or venous in nature. You will need to be evaluated to identify the true nature of your problem as it seems that the leg is becoming involved. ...Read more

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Sharp stabbing pain on outside of rt. Leg calf ~5 CM below knee for 2 yrs. Started after going for a tennis shot. Neg. Mri back & calf. 55 yo female?

Sharp stabbing pain on outside of rt. Leg calf ~5 CM below knee for 2 yrs. Started after going for a tennis shot. Neg. Mri back & calf. 55 yo female?

Need exam...: This is obviously difficult to answer w/o an examination. Gastroc muscle strain from 2 yrs ago should be healed by now unless u keep re- injuring it and could be missed possibly on MRI. Fibular stress fx., peroneal nerve injury and other less common diagnoses are in differential dx. See a board certified ors in your area for examination and/or get another opinion. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hi I have Si joint pain or piriformis, sharp pain in back, stabbing pain in thigh and calf it doesn't travel. Now stabbing pain in front ankle, related?

Hi I have Si joint pain or piriformis, sharp pain in back, stabbing pain in thigh and calf it doesn't travel. Now stabbing pain in front ankle, related?

Sciatica?: In my experience, "SI joint" and "Piriformis" syndromes are commonly over-diagnosed by mistake.

Instead, I do see a lot of cases of sciatica from degenerate discs and pinched nerves in the lumbar spine. From your description, I wonder if you might have a pinched L5 nerve in your lumbar spine.

http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/spine-anatomy/all-about-l5-s1-lumbosacral-joint ...Read more

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Sharp stabbing pain in left side — muscle spasm in chest?

Several things: That is a very non-specific symptoms and should be evaluated. Any sharp stabbing g pain should be addresses promptly. www.drlugo.com. ...Read more

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So im prone to muscle spasms in my back but recently got them in middle of my buttocks sharp stabbing pain is it something to be worried about?

So im prone to muscle spasms in my back but recently got them in middle of my buttocks sharp stabbing pain is it something to be worried about?

Probably not, since: You are having them for sometime, but do get yourself checked up by an orthopod, to be sure and to see something hasn't developed.
Good luck. ...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