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I've been power walking 4 miles a night at a 13 min. Mile pace 5 or 6 nights a week. Suddenly I'm getting sharp stinging pain below my calf. Age 57?

I've been power walking 4 miles a night at a 13 min. Mile pace 5 or 6 nights a week. Suddenly I'm getting sharp stinging pain below my calf. Age 57?

Congrats: On getting a healthy amount of exercise! It sounds as if you have aggravated your calf muscle or possibly the knee joint. Give yourself some time off power waking, rest your leg and reassess in a few days. ...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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Been having pain in my right leg but it's not severe pain. Some times it feels like my nerves jumping & some slight stings. Not much calf pain. Ideas?

Been having pain in my right leg but it's not severe pain. Some times it feels like my nerves jumping & some slight stings. Not much calf pain. Ideas?

Look to your: BACK....A pinched nerve in your spine is possibly the "culprit". Check it out with your PCP (Primary Care Provider)
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Sharp shooting pain in calf?

Sharp shooting pain in calf?

What are you asking?: If you mean what causes it there are many options. A disc herniation would be one option. A muscle pull in the calf another. I suggest rest, ice, elevation. If not better in 5 days see your md. ...Read more

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What should I do about sharp pain in calf after short running?

What should I do about sharp pain in calf after short running?

Stretch: Assuming you have good circulation, try stretching both before and after runs, keep running shoes in good shape, avoid minimalist shoes. ...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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While sitting straighten my back get sharp pain in calf and back of thigh and sometimes in butt on left leg?

While sitting straighten my back get sharp pain in calf and back of thigh and sometimes in butt on left leg?

You're too tight: This is simply a lack of flexibility in your hamstring and calf muscles. You need to stretch both muscle groups in both legs 3-5 times daily, 1 repetition each side, with stretch held 30-90 seconds. Do this regimen for a month and see the benefits....Then continue it for the rest of your life. ...Read more

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Woman with intermittent sharp electrical pain in calf for the last 2 weeks. Happens when walking around. 5x a week for about 5 sec. Feels like reflex?

Woman with intermittent sharp electrical pain in calf for the last 2 weeks. Happens when walking around. 5x a week for about 5 sec. Feels like reflex?

Claudication....: Intermittent calf pain, while walking, can be as the result of several conditions. The fact that it has been showing itself for only two weeks is a plus. The best advice would be to have your leg and back examined by an orthopedic surgeon. Attention to a "pinched" nerve will be addressed as well as evaluation of the circulation to the leg. ...Read more

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Even while at rest, I get a sharp throbbing pain in lower calf. Pain is tolerable. No physical activites. Last a few secs & started 1day ago any help?

Even while at rest, I get a sharp throbbing pain in lower calf. Pain is tolerable. No physical activites. Last a few secs & started 1day ago any help?

Evaluation, PT: Sounds you might have an Achilles tendinitis but I would definitely follow up with a local Podiatrist. At this point I suggest you rest, ice, take over the counter anti inflammatory medication. Physical therapy might be in order. ...Read more

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Sharp calf pain, tender shin bone, moved to hip?

Sharp calf pain, tender shin bone, moved to hip?

Exam: You need a complete exam by a physician including a neurological exam. This may be caused by a herniated disc. ...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. 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 whole lot of factors. Discuss with your doctor. ...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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Sharp stinging pain in my Achilles tendon not my calf. This after many months of power walking. Pain is great but only lasts for a few seconds.

Sharp stinging pain in my Achilles tendon not my calf. This after many months of power walking. Pain is great but only lasts for a few seconds.

Rest: Sounds like you have tendinitis. You should give it some time to recover rest, use ice and try some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications if you don't get better over a period of 10 to 14 days you should probably be examined ...Read more

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I'm having sharp pains in my leg. It started in my right thigh and now its feels like im being stung in my right calf. What could this be?

Possibly a sciatica: A sciatica is caused by an irritation of a nerve in the back that then can cause pain that runs down the leg like you are describing. There are also potentially other causes as well. Usually a detailed history and exam can determine the cause. Thank you for your question. ...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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Pain in calf signifies what?

Pain in calf signifies what?

Many things: Most common - cramps, but nerve compression in the low back, clot in the vein or artery problem, compartment syndrome is a possibility when pain increases with activity or is associated with trauma. ...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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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