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Weak Calf Muscles
I have weak calf muscles and get cramps easily I had taken pregabalin and methcobalmin capsule for it help but now it happened again when I don't take?
Routine: Pregabalin is typically taken 2 or 3 times daily, not prn, or as needed. ...Read more
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
Crohn's Disease in very common in my moms family, could this cause my symptoms? Low Cholesterol, Low Vitamin E, High Bilirubin and weak calf muscles?
I doubt it: I don't think that Crohns would be assoicated with that, except maybe the high bili. I would recommend you see a doctor. ...Read more
Pulled right calf muscle 4 days ago; healing fine, but now right toes middle to pinkie are weak and won't bend completely. Left toes fine.
Need an evaluation: I would be concerned of a nerve injury or nerve irritation. Please get evaluate either by your primary care physiican or an orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more
Feels like I have weak calf muscle on my left leg. I can stand and walk fine, but very strange feeling. Sometimes I feel contraction of muscle. Why?
I have recently noticed a dent just below my right knee cap. Its is not painful. I am concerned that it may be the sign of something serious. My calf muscle sometimes feels weak.?
Get it checked: Most probably it is nothing to worrybabout. But since you are concerned and calf muscles feel weak. Get it checked by your GP for piece of mind ...Read more
Can permanent L5 nerve damage cause weakness and cramps in the calf muscle as well as buttock and leg pain?
L5 nerve damage: Hello. Did you have a nerve conduction test (electrodes placed on skin to test problems with nerves) with muscle test part (We call "EMG") where a needle is placed in the muscle to listen for new or old changes in the muscles? If L5 related, pain & cramps should be outer hip, side of thigh & calf & top of foot to big toe. IF S1 nerve is involved, then butt, back of leg, outer foot 4th & 5th toe ...Read more
Burning pain in top of leg, calf muscles feel like their tightening, inner tremor, tingle in side of face, hot showers cause weakness and tremor in legs?
Calf muscle and knee pain from4 mnths did doppler, X-ray for lumbar spine and blood test for vit B12 and D3 but evrything is normal also they r weak?
May need more tests.: X-rays of the spine are useless unless there is a history of trauma. Vitamin tests do no tell you about your pains. Need more info. Did this occur after an injury, or change in activity? Are there bruises? Do you have corresponding tingling and numbness? It may be from your back, or it may be the knee, or it can be an auto immune thing like rheumatoid disease. Get evaluated. ...Read more
I keep pulling the tendon below my calf muscle, and it happens every time I run. I, m not sure if it, s muscle or tendon below my calf.
I would think it is: Safe to assume it is time for you to see an orthopedist for a proper evaluation and management of your condition. The more you injure or reinjure this tissue the more you increase the chances of further injury or permenant damage. ...Read more
Cramps: If you are older they amy due to a vascular obstruction. If you have them at rest they amy be due to magnesium or potassium deficiency or sometimes calcium deficiency. Also there are nerve damage problems from the low back to consider. It is probably good to ask you physician to sort all this out. ...Read more
Follow these steps:
Frequent ice packs, compression bandage to the area of the injury,
take Ibuprofen or naproxen,
rest your calf muscle.
To help you remember what to do, here is a commonly used mnemonic: rice--rest, ice, compression, elevation.
Regimen of gentle stretching after the pain is gone. ...Read more
Usually it occurs secondary to sports such
as tennis or basketball
you will often feel a pop in the calf and will
end up with swelling and difficulty weightbearing on the leg
it is important to differentiate a calf injury from and achilles tendon injury which is likely
to require surgery. ...Read more
Scarring: When the calf muscle tears, the muscle usually does not tear completely, it is more like the fibers are lengthened and then scar in. Usually people can return back to an active lifestyle. ...Read more
Have it evaluated: Your pain may be to a blood clot, overuse, neuropathy, muscle injury, tendonitis, nerve irritation, or possibly even a tumor. For calf pain with swelling you may need an ultrasound as soon as possible to prevent a potential fatal complication. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Torn Calf Muscle:
Immidiately after the injury, use ice locally, limit use of the injured leg use crutches for at least two wekks.
Compression with ace bandage
elevation of the leg
immobilisation of lower leg with cam
and you may splint the ankle in natural position, foot at right angle with foot. ...Read more
No easy answer: This will take time since this will need to heal on its own. In the beginning the principle of rice (rest, ice, compression, elevation) are mandatory. Make sure that you keep range of motion in your ankle and knee. Over stretching the calf will just continue to reinjure the muscle. ...Read more
Morning stretch: It is possible that you have some shortening of the achilles' tendon that gets worse overnight. Walking stretches the tendon/muscle and may cause pain. Do calf stretches when you wake up and see if that solves the problem. Otherwise consult with a physiatrist or sports medicine physician. ...Read more
Probably not: You risk the chance for re-injury. Invest the time it takes to heal completely. ...Read more
Strained muscle: Strained muscles can take a couple weeks to a couple months to heal ...Read more
Immediately: If you have truly torn the muscle in your calf, you should see your doctor right away. The longer you wait, the more difficult repairing the torn muscle will be. ...Read more
None: In the acute phase I would not do any exercise since this could exacerbate the problem. Gentle range of motion exercises are recommended in the early stages. ...Read more
Check labs and shoes: Make sure to check serum electrolytes, particularly potassium. Dehydration is a common cause, so check urine color, it should be light yellow. Gait can cause unusual strain on these muscles, so check your shoes for uneven wear. If needed, see a podiatrist for shoe orthotic correction. Venous thrombosis, or clots, are unusual in both legs, but look for redness, or swelling of the legs. ...Read more
Does it hurt?: Does your calf muscle hurt? Typical symptoms of a strain include pain, stiffness, discoloration and bruising around the strained muscle. If you don't have any of those symptoms, then you're fine. ...Read more