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Doctor insights on: Sore Calf Muscles During Pregnancy

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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


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Is it normal to have achy muscles in early pregnancy? I am having random pains in my arms and legs. Mostly the front of my right calf muscle.

Is it normal to have achy muscles in early pregnancy? I am having random pains in my arms and legs. Mostly the front of my right calf muscle.

Some do: Some pregnant patients complain of various muscle and joint pain. At your next prenatal care appointment bring this issue up so that your doctor can do a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Sore right tonsil and sore calf muscle. Are they related?

Unlikely: I can't think of a thing that would put the two issues together. If you had fever, swollen tonsils & calf pain I would thing influenza b, but a single calf /tonsil just doesn't do it. ...Read more

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I have had aching calf muscles for a week and my feet get very sore?

I have had aching calf muscles for a week and my feet get very sore?

Need more info: If you have been doing more exercise than usual, that can explain it. If you are sendentery or immobile, or if there is any swelling of the calf, best to see your doctor about this. ...Read more

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I have some small lumps in back of calf muscle in the middle that feel hot and are sore to the touch by end of day muscle feels tight?

I have some small lumps in back of calf muscle in the middle that feel hot and are sore to the touch by end of day muscle feels tight?

See MD: Please see an MD to rule out blood clots, deep and superficial. Could also be a varicose vein as these can hurt end of day and feel hot etc. ...Read more

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Very sore, tender calf muscles. I walked a bit more than usual 2 days ago but not that much. Pain worse today despite rest yesterday -- any idea why?

Normal for few days: Muscle soreness typically peaks a day or two after exercise, even if it is slightly more intense than what you are used to. If it is not improving at 4-5 days, then you would want to get evaluated to make sure there is not an underlying problem. ...Read more

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My 5 year old woke up this morning with extremely sore calf muscles and is unable to put any weight on them - so unable to walk. He has been unwell recently with a temp but seemed to be fully recovered yesterday and feels fine otherwise.

My 5 year old woke up this morning with extremely sore calf muscles and is unable to put any weight on them - so unable to walk. He has been unwell recently with a temp but seemed to be fully recovered yesterday and feels fine otherwise.

This happens: This is a less known but common finding in influenza B infections or in any flu like illness that moves into that muscle group. If it is a simple flu, it would gradually improve over days/weeks. It can be a localized muscle inflammation from another agent & a review of the kids history/exam and testing is needed to sort out this issue. ...Read more

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Both of my calf muscle are inexplicably sore, both, to the touch and when I walk. What could this be?

Both of my calf muscle are inexplicably sore, both, to the touch and when I walk. What could this be?

Sore calves: On recent medicine like cipro/ levaquin (levofloxacin) that causes achilles tendonitis? Recent increase in exercise? Consider achilles tendonitis, gastrocnemius Baker's cyst, electrolyte deficiency especially if you run and drink only water and do not alternate water with electrolyte solutiion like gatorade/ pedialyte, rarely rupture, clot, hematoma. Check potassium, sodium, mg, Ca. F/U w doc/urgent care ...Read more

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Why is my calf muscle in the back of my leg feeling sore or tight? I need some advice.

Why is my calf muscle in the back of my leg feeling sore or tight? I need some advice.

Rule out DVT: The most dangerous thing to rule out (assuming no trauma to the leg) is deep vein thrombosis, or blood clot. This is evaluated by doppler ultrasound.
Once this is ruled out, then other more common, but non life-threatening musculoskeletal conditions can be evaluated. ...Read more

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I have this problem where my Calf muscles are very tight and sore, sometimes to the point where I can't sleep at night with lots of pain?

I have this problem where my Calf muscles are very tight and sore, sometimes to the point where I can't sleep at night with lots of pain?

There are a number: Of potential causes for your symptoms. Physical therapy might be of help but you should be evaluated by a health care professional first to exclude other treatable causes. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of soreness in your calf muscle?

How do you get rid of soreness in your calf muscle?

Decrease training...: Aches and pains can happen with repeated stress to a body part. For workers, it can be called a work injury. In sports, it's called an overuse injury. A primary care doctor or a sports medicine doctor can evaluate to see what needs to be done. Usually, anti-inflammatory meds like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen) are used for a 3-5 days, along with decreasing the training. Icing right after training may also help. ...Read more

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Can I walk long distances with sore calf muscles? I excersie everyday.

Can I walk long distances with sore calf muscles? I excersie everyday.

Exercise: Ok in general to walk long distances as long as you build up gradually, provide adequate rest, hydration, and nutrition. Also best to take a day or so off a week to prevent overuse injuries. Do cross training. ...Read more

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I received a full body massage yesterday and today my left calf muscle has a sore spot. Should I be worried?

I received a full body massage yesterday and today my left calf muscle has a sore spot. Should I be worried?

Probably not: The masseuse probably bruised you. Watch the bruise over the next few days to make sure it begins to disappear. If you easily bruise, you may want to be evaluated by your doctor as this may be a sign of anemia or other illness. But no need to worry at this time as you have a reason for this bruise. ...Read more

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Worked out my calves 2 days ago nd right calf is extremely sore, can barely walk. What should I do? Hot or cold compresses? Did I tear calf muscle?

Worked out my calves 2 days ago nd right calf is extremely sore, can barely walk. What should I do? Hot or cold compresses? Did I tear calf muscle?

No: Working out rigorously rarely causes damage or tear. You are probably experiencing post exercise soreness (which makes it difficult to walk because the muscle is shortened and full of inflammatory chemicals from going beyond the aerobic capacity of the calf muscle). Apply heat, massage the muscle, stretch it gently, and walk more slowly until the length comes back. It will take 2 days to pass. ...Read more

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I have soreness and knot in my calf muscle, also has moved to my foot and ankle also have a tingling feeling in my foot, is this related with pulled m?

I have soreness and knot in my calf muscle, also has moved to my foot and ankle also have a tingling feeling in my foot, is this related with pulled m?

Maybe: This sounds like some sort of nerve impingement (pinched nerve.) this may have been caused by a calf injury. I think you need to see your doctor quickly to get an early jump on this. They will also rule out the possiblity of a blood clot to your calf. ...Read more

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Both my calf muscles are sore when I wake up in morning?

Both my calf muscles are sore when I wake up in morning?

Varies: There are multiple potential causes, including potential vascular or electrolytes abnormalities. A good medical check up would be an appropriate place to start. ...Read more

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After jogging for 5 milestwice a week my calf muscle becomes sore after about 6 weeks and I caanot train for about 2 weeks until it has recovered.

After jogging for 5 milestwice a week my calf muscle becomes sore after about 6 weeks and I caanot train for about 2 weeks until it has recovered.

Calf pain: Do you stretch before and after? You may have muscle strain or possible circulation issue. Try warm compress after running and massage to get more blood to area. If non of these work see dr. May be low in potassium. ...Read more

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I keep getting spells of sweating and a sinking feeling on and off and severe tightness. / soreness in my calf muscles?

Stress?: Sounds like stress or panic attacks although you should have a basic physician evaluation to exclude a physical cause. ...Read more

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Doctor says I have a calf muscle tear. Could that cause foot to have a pulse/vibrations feeling? And soreness in all of calf?

Doctor says I have a calf muscle tear. Could that cause foot to have a pulse/vibrations feeling? And soreness in all of calf?

Yes: Energy to cause a muscle tear would have the ability to cause injury to the surrounding nerves and blood vessels. The muscles in the lower leg are long and any tear to a calf muscle could hurt through to the lower leg. Depending on what and how large the tear, your age and health will effect the best option for you. Your podiatrist or orthopedist will be able to advertise you. ...Read more

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Calf muscle sore heard pop sound as I fell out of bed didn't want to go to the emergency room but hurts when I walk also a small bruise what have I don?

Calf muscle sore heard pop sound as I fell out of bed didn't want to go to the emergency room but hurts when I walk also a small bruise what have I don?

You may have: Torn a muscle. If there is pain and swelling you need to have it examined. It is always possible to have a concomitant DVT which should be ruled out as it can be masked in the injury. ...Read more

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Can a calf muscle over compensating for a collapsing foot arch be tender to the touch? Anxiety makes me worry clot but no basis other than calf sore

Can a calf muscle over compensating for a collapsing foot arch be tender to the touch? Anxiety makes me worry clot but no basis other than calf sore

Yes: Muscles in the calf can be overworked trying to compensate for a foot that overpronate blood clots in your age group are not common. Have you recently taken a long flight where you were not moving for quite a while? ...Read more

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My right back calf muscle feels tight and sore and numbness tingling in foot and ankle area?

My right back calf muscle feels tight and sore and numbness tingling in foot and ankle area?

Serious: Sounds like you have a compartment syndrome. This means swelling in your lower leg compressing the nerves thus contributing to the numbness. This could be so serious as to be thrombophlebitis. This is a very serious condition. Can lead to blood clots. See someone immediately. ...Read more

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Acute calf muscle pain? Feels sore like after a Charley horse but did not actually experience a Charley horse. A college student & overweight. Advice?

To the doctor, ASAP.: Severe calf pain, seemingly for no reason, can be the onset of a serious condition known as a deep vein thrombosis, or clot. Because of the potential consequences of leaving it untreated, you should move to have your leg evaluated quickly. There could be other reasons also, but without a better history of your condition, it would be best to have it evaluated, and right soon. ...Read more

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I have recently had a tummy bug and still not feeling well! Have still got head aches neck pain and really sore calf muscles any ideas?

Viral syndrome: If "tummy bug" was due to a virus which sounds like it was, the same bug is causing a viral syndrome manifesting as described. Or a new bug came along. Cannot rule out meningitis in setting of a viral syndrome, headache and neck pain and would require further evaluation. ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more