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Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more


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Tight calf-achilles. Also feels like something hard runs along achilles-calf head. After sitting then stand, tightness behind knee and hamstring?

Tight calf-achilles. Also feels like something hard runs along achilles-calf head. After sitting then stand, tightness behind knee and hamstring?

See details: Then see an orthopedist and have the area examined. No one can answer your question without examining the calf. ...Read more

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How to know if it's a clot, or just a tight & sore muscle in calf or behind knee?

How to know if it's a clot, or just a tight & sore muscle in calf or behind knee?

Swelling, history: Calf pain/soreness itself fortunately does not raise concern for a blood clot. Significant swelling of 1 leg but not the other especially in the context of recent immobilization (long flight, injury requiring hospitalization/bedrest) or surgery would suggest a risk of a blood clot in the veins of the leg. History of a clotting disorder or cancer also contributes to suspicion. ...Read more

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Calf cramp since yesterday. Knots and tight feeling in calf, behind knee and thigh. Could this be a dvt? Had negative d dimer 2 weeks ago.

Calf cramp since yesterday. Knots and tight feeling in calf, behind knee and thigh. Could this be a dvt? Had negative d dimer 2 weeks ago.

D Dimer= not specifi: ...4 DVT gold standard is duplex doppler/ ultra sound. If leg swollen, even down 2 the foot is common, if on BCP Ur chances R higher. Talk 2 Ur provider about having this done. ...Read more

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History of DVT w/vinecava filter tightness above knee w/swelling in calf and ankle itching behind the knee and aching on lovenox (enoxaparin) 120 sub Q2x day new clot?

History of DVT w/vinecava filter tightness above knee w/swelling in calf and ankle itching behind the knee and aching on lovenox (enoxaparin) 120 sub Q2x day new clot?

Ultrasound: On Lovenox (enoxaparin) it would be unlikely to develop another blood clot, however if you have a hypercooagulable condition there is some risk for excess clotting. Have an evaluation with your doctor and you may need an ultrasound to look for progression of the clot. ...Read more

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I have an uncomfortable tight burning sensation behind my left knee. Its mostly uncomfortable when leg extended but not really painful?

I have an uncomfortable tight burning sensation behind my left knee. Its mostly uncomfortable when leg extended but not really painful?

Baker's cyst: You may have a baker's cyst. It is best diagnosed with an ultrasound of the area. An antiinflammatory medication may be helpful until you can have your doctor evaluate this, to make sure it is nothing more serious, such as a blood clot in the deep veins. ...Read more

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I have a tight feeling behind my knee (posterior leg) after I sit down for a period of time and then stand up. What might be causing this?

I have a tight feeling behind my knee (posterior leg) after I sit down for a period of time and then stand up. What might be causing this?

Baker's cyst?: A Baker's or popliteal cyst is a herniation of fluid from the knee into the area behind the knee, usually due to some acute strain upon the knee with increased fluid therein. A Doppler of the leg would confirm the cyst and hopefully negate any blood clot, which is unlikely with your description. ...Read more

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I wore tight knee high boots for 3-5 hrs. They cut off circulation. Feet went numb. Now I have pain behind my leg. Could this be DVT? I'm young&healthy.

I wore tight knee high boots for 3-5 hrs. They cut off circulation. Feet went numb. Now I have pain behind my leg. Could this be DVT? I'm young&healthy.

Unlikely: In ' young & healthy ' active person to develop DVT by wearing right boots, but see your doctor if suspicious will do a doppler study and and clears your mind. ...Read more

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My right calf and back on knee is tight and stiff with some pain, worse on walking after sitting?

My right calf and back on knee is tight and stiff with some pain, worse on walking after sitting?

See a doctor: There could be many reasons for pain behind the knee and calf. First go to an er as you need to rule out a blood clot immediately. A knee popliteal cyst or mass may also manifest itself in the back of the knee/calf. Other common causes include tendinitis, early arthritis/wear/tear, ligament injury or meniscus tear. Low back pain may also radiate to the back of the knee. See an orthopedist as well. ...Read more

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I have pain in both knees and extreme tightness in my calf on one leg symptoms just started two says ago?

Possibly related: Your knee and calf pain could be related, including arthritis and a calf strain, but it is important to see your doctor immediately to rule out a blood clot in your lower leg. ...Read more

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Hello, just below my left knee cap feel like this on and off tightness. I had done calf raises the day before. What?

Hello, just below my left knee cap feel like this on and off tightness. I had done calf raises the day before. What?

Patellar tendon: If in the middle just below tibia this is the area of your patellar tendon. Rest, use ice, compress with ace bandage, elevate. This is called RICE. If no improvement see MD. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain inthe back of my knee and up to my lower back. Also very tight calf. What could I have torn, or popped?

I have a sharp pain inthe back of my knee and up to my lower back. Also very tight calf. What could I have torn, or popped?

Sciatica: While a pulled muscle is certainly possible it is more likely that you're dealing with referred pain from your low back. Sciatica is a pinched nerve that will produce pain from your low back traveling down your leg and sometimes beyond your knee. See an orthopedic surgeon or neurologist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I fell mtn biking and smacked my knee on the ground and it was hurting but now it seems every morning when I wake up my calf is tight ans sore.

I fell mtn biking and smacked my knee on the ground and it was hurting but now it seems every morning when I wake up my calf is tight ans sore.

Knee Injury: You need to see an ortho specialist to rule out any patellar injury or you could get x rays and/or MRI of knee joint through pcp to rule out any bony and/or soft tissue injury in and around knee joint. ...Read more

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My right calf and arch are extremely tight and my knee and shin hurt a lot and I have not done anything strenuous all week what could it be?

My right calf and arch are extremely tight and my knee and shin hurt a lot and I have not done anything strenuous all week what could it be?

Be seen: There are a number of potential causes including problems in the leg itself or even an irritation of a nerve in the back. But if your leg feels tight and/ or swollen without injury I would be seen just to make sure it is not a blood clot, which is potentially life threatening. ...Read more

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I have a lump under my left knee I noticed end of Nov. Noticed tightness in this same calf on/off. I.e. after hot bath. Lump is soft. No pain. When I'm standing or laying flat it's not visible. Worked out a lot to do sprint tri but stopped lately.?

I have a lump under my left knee I noticed end of Nov. Noticed tightness in this same calf on/off. I.e. after hot bath. Lump is soft. No pain. When I'm standing or laying flat it's not visible. Worked out a lot to do sprint tri but stopped lately.?

Possible Baker cyst: Consult an orthopedic expert. These cysts are usually benign and can be drained in the office setting; however, you must be evaluated for any other possible knee lump causes. ...Read more

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P. Vera. GSV reflux below knee. Tightness in posterior and sides of calf. Tightness remedied w/ elevation. Is this a circulatory issue? Get venogram?

P. Vera. GSV reflux below knee. Tightness in posterior and sides of calf. Tightness remedied w/ elevation. Is this a circulatory issue? Get venogram?

Reflux: Such vein problems can usually be managed nonoperatively with compression stockings and leg elevation. You do not need a venogram to make Dx. Venous duplex &/or PPG in an accredited vascular laboratory can confirm venous insufficiency. Reluctance to perform venogram or venous ablation with Hx P Vera as this makes you prone to clotting which could complicate either. Follow with vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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I had a right knee injury while surfing. No treatment but 1 year later the back of the knee and calf feel tight/swollen with activity. Any ideas?

I had a right knee injury while surfing. No treatment but 1 year later the back of the knee and calf feel tight/swollen with activity. Any ideas?

Look at compensatory: Patterns from the injury (trauma vectors). If your knee is involved, it also means there's compensation going on below and above at the calf, soleus, and ankle muscles to balance this. Also above is the quads, hamstrings, hips and low back. Get a second opinion and treatment from a neuromusculoskeletal medicine specialist (NMM) doctor of osteopathic medicine for more answers. ...Read more

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I wore a knee brace (tight) all night to help knee pain and this morning my ankle and calf are all swollen (pitting). How long till it goes away?

I wore a knee brace (tight) all night to help knee pain and this morning my ankle and calf are all swollen (pitting). How long till it goes away?

Hours: Remove the brace and elevate the leg. I would expect the swelling related to the brace to resolve within 4-8 hours. When re-applying the brace, make sure it is not too tight as this will increase the risk of swelling beyond the brace. ...Read more

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Please help. I have this pain from my lower hip that radiates to shin and knee. Worse when sitting. No other symptoms. Scared for DVT. Calf feels tight?

It is likely that: The pain you are experiencing is from nerve compression in your back or hip. Unless you have additional reasons like trauma or infection or prolonged immobility it is unlikely you have a DVT. Regardless, if you are having this much concern you should see your health care provider for evaluation. ...Read more

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My knee is swollen with two protruding lumps where the incisions were infected. Now my calf is tight & sore. Why is this happening?

My knee is swollen with two protruding lumps where the incisions were infected. Now my calf is tight & sore. Why is this happening?

Evaluation: Hi, this situation calls for an evaluation, also possible blood tests and X-rays. Please go to ER for evaluation. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Mid-calf/Over-the-calf sock feels tight on left leg but not right leg. Circumference of legs measures the same. Can GSV reflux below knee cause this?

Mid-calf/Over-the-calf sock feels tight on left leg but not right leg. Circumference of legs measures the same. Can GSV reflux below knee cause this?

Evaluate stockings.: Not all stockings are the same. If you are having problems with your support hose then they should be re evaluated. Stocking should fit comfortably and, if you are having a problem, then you should have them checked and, perhaps, you may need a custom made stocking pair. The GSV reflux should not cause the tightness. ...Read more