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Sudden Onset Calf Pain
Sudden onset r calf pain, worse with standing and walking. Lower leg edema, no redness, not warm. Have been dx'd with scleroderma or dile, related?
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
Left calf pain about 1 week. Sudden onset and not better w/rest, heat, ice, or massage. No recent surgery or strenuous activity. What could this be?
Be seen: There are multiple possibilities, many of which are quite benign; but when you talk about the sudden, a traumatic onset of calf pain you always need to consider the possibility of a blood clot which is potentially life threatening and so I would encourage you to be seen to have this ruled out. ...Read more
Sudden onset of pain on side/bend of knee in L leg w/calf pain, no swelling or discoloration. Worse when walking. Have May-Thurner. Cause 4 concern?
May-Thurner syndrome: Absolutely. Get a left lower extremity ultrasound ASAP. Your doc may elect to get a D-dimer blood test as well. Have you been stented? Although MTS is associated with a small percentage of deep venous blood clots in the left leg (very rarely right) there is a significant rate of recurrence of DVTs in folks that have this condition. Don't sit on this. Seek further care. Better safe than sorry. ...Read more
I am experiencing leg pain, calf pain, numbness or tingling (side: both) (time frame: gradual onset), arm pain and arm numbness (right arm only) The?
Get a consult:
If you are experiencing these symptoms that involve pain and numbness in multiple limbs. I recommend you start with see a neurologist. If you pain includes neck and/or low back pain with the symptoms that you mentioned. See an orthopedist or spine specialist.
best of luck. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
First and foremost:
A clot in the leg which is considered a medical emergency. Always better safe than sorry, with the info you provided you need to seek immediate attention.
If you can provide more detail so that we no longer think it is a clot then that would be fine, but this needs to be checked out and advise you to go to urgent care or ER.
If you are female, smoke or on birth control or obese risk increases. ...Read more
Strain/partial tear: Calf swelling and pain can often be due to local trauma- either a significant strain or actual partial muscle tear. This allows for local bleeding or hematoma formation within the injured muscle. Partial tears of the gastrocnemius (medial/inside head) are common injuries that may take weeks to resolve with rest, ice, elevation and ace wrap compression as the standard treatment. ...Read more
Literally, it just: 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 feels it might be. ...Read more
Get the diagnosis: Calf pain can have many causes. Have you been given a diagnosis yet? Muscle strains, knee joint problems, a ruptured bakers cyst, blood clots, referred/nerve pain from the low back are all relatively common causes of calf pain. It's time to see your doc for the first time or for follow up if you are not improving. ...Read more
Calf pain/two months: Yes you are right, you should see a doctor to find out the cause. ...Read more
It would need to be specified as to the location, duration, nature, what brings it on or when it is felt...
Will be happy to answer your questions then! ...Read more
Better be seen.: There is a host of possible conditions that could be causing your calf and leg pain. Without more detail it is difficult to be specific on any one of them. The most problematic condition is the possibility of a blood clot. Because of this, you really should be evaluated, and right soon. Failure to recognize and treat a clot could be catastrophic. ...Read more
See below:: Strain of the calf muscles which attach across the back of the knee, will cause pain. A pulled muscles, contusion (bruising) of the calf muscles will also be painful on bending the knee. Serious problem like a clot in the superficial or the deep veins can be a cause....... So do see your doctor urgently to exclude that diagnosis. ...Read more
RICE: Ice, rest, go get a sleeve for your knee and elevate ...Read more
Several things: As a phlebologist (vein specialist), my first question to anyone with crampy calf pain is related to veins. Do you have varicose veins? Could this be related to phlebitis? Other things can cause muscle pain though? Could it be medication related? The statins for cholesterol cause leg pain. Are you exercising without stretching adequately first? Are you getting enough fluids? ...Read more
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