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Upper Calf Pain Cycling
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
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
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
I'm having a mild stabbing calf pain that comes and goes and last a seconds when sitting or lying down. What could be the cause?
What are some of the most common reasons for calf pain? I don't remember injuring myself but my calf has been really hurting for days.
Don't equivocate.: Calf pain is a concern because of the possibility of a potential blood clot in the deep veins in the calf area. A failure to recognize or treat it quickly could be disastrous. Having said that, the potential seriousness necessitates that you have it evaluated and quickly. If the calf is free of phlebitis and/or clot, then you can move on to other non life threatening conditions. ...Read more
Can lower calf pain be caused by a back problem? I am having back troubles, but also having calf pain was wondering if the two were related.
Possibly: Yes, it's possible that they are related. For example a "pinched nerve" in the lower back can cause pain in the leg. This is called radiculopathy. There are other possibilities, including that the two areas of pain are unrelated. Only an exam and perhaps MRI can tell YOU what YOUR problem is. ...Read more
I had intense calf pain after lat. Menisectomy. After 10 days the pain isn't gone, tho usually less intense, except in the am or after activity.
Call your doctor: Calf pain after knee surgery could indicate an injury to a nerve or a complication like a blood clot from the tourniquet used during surgery. Any time you have problems or concerns after surgery, call your surgeon. He/she always wants to be kept informed so they have the ability to offer treatment promptly. ...Read more
28 y/o female, woke up with gradually worsening calf pain. Not much better with ambulation, and only temporarily relieved with elevation. No prior hx.
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