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Doctor insights on: What Causes Aching Calf Muscles

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Could this be a sign of blood clots? I am on the pill now for 5 months. Monday of last week I noticed an odd ache in my left calf muscle and ankle, no over exercise or stretching to cause this. Next day same thing but the cramps a little worse so I took s

Could this be a sign of blood clots? I am on the pill now for 5 months. Monday of last week I noticed an odd ache in my left calf muscle and ankle, no over exercise or stretching to cause this. Next day same thing but the cramps a little worse so I took s

It is possible.: The pill and other oral contraceptives can increase your risk of blood clot and especially so if your are a smoker. If you have swelling in that leg compared to the other or tenderness then I would have a high suspicion for a clot. Call your doc or go to a local urgent care or emergency department. If it is getting worse do not ignore it. ...Read more

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Can amlodipine cause calf muscle aches in both legs as a side affect as woke up with both legs hurting like.? Any advice appreciated.

Can amlodipine cause calf muscle aches in both legs as a side affect as woke up with both legs hurting like.? Any advice appreciated.

No: That is not a side effect of amlodipine. Doses > 5 mg often cause swelling however. The usual way to rule out a side effect is: stop the drug; wait for the index symptom to resolve. Reintroduce the drug. If the side effect promptly returns, they may be related. Most likely you have leg pain of muscular or arthritic origin that coincidentally flared when you began the new medication. ...Read more

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Why is my right calf muscle aching? I need some advice.

Why is my right calf muscle aching? 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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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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My right calf muscle aches, it doesn't feel normal. Its/off. Its not pain it just feels weird kind of like numbness. No other symptoms. Help?

My right calf muscle aches, it doesn't feel normal. Its/off. Its not pain it just feels weird kind of like numbness. No other symptoms. Help?

Have it checked out: Calf muscle ache by itself is not a problem if it's just from a spasm, but when it involves a numbing sensation, like a paresthesia, or feeling weird, it needs to be checked out, so the cause can be determined. Your medical, family, social, trauma histories will help. So, make an appointment with you doctor to do so, and get peace of mind. ...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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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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My daughter that's is twelve and is always complaining about her body aching. She says her calf muscles and back hurt. She also can't get comfortable.?

My daughter that's is twelve and is always complaining about her body aching. She says her calf muscles and back hurt. She also can't get comfortable.?

Does your: Daughter have flat feet, is she overweight, does she wear high heels, poor posture, is she active? Had she had her thyroids checked? Please get her evaluated by her pediatrician. She may be referred to specialists depending on lab results. May need to go on diet.Get her checked for diabetes too. Good luck! ...Read more

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Why do my calf muscles ache so bad after 8 hours on my feet?

Why do my calf muscles ache so bad after 8 hours on my feet?

Consider: Arch supports and compressive socks.
Venous insufficiency from poor valves may be a cause or faulty biomechanics from pronated feet. ...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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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?

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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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 am getting aches in my calf muscles I am concerned with Pvd or PAD or a blood clot. It has now made my anxiety worse today?

I am getting aches in my calf muscles I am concerned with Pvd or PAD or a blood clot. It has now made my anxiety worse today?

Best to consultt.: Blood clots can have very serious cosequences. If you are worried about that, you have to consult with your gp and he/she will send you for a special kind of sonar to diagnose/exclude blood clots. ...Read more

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I have aching pain in my calf muscle and my foot is numb. What can I take for this?

I have aching pain in my calf muscle and my foot is numb. What can I take for this?

You need to see: A dr immediately, if none available you need to go to the emergency room. A clot in your calf needs to be ruled out, please do not delay, you are a perfect age for a clot.....This is possibly a medical emergency. ...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 had hip arthroscopy & full debridement 3 weeks ago. In the last 24 hrs I've had inceased pain & dull ache in my calf muscle should I be concerned?

I had hip arthroscopy & full debridement 3 weeks ago. In the last 24 hrs I've had inceased pain & dull ache in my calf muscle should I be concerned?

Yes: It is concerning that you are having one-sided calf pain 3 weeks after an orthopedic procedure. You should see your doctor today for an exam and possibly an ultrasound of the leg to evaluate for a deep vein thrombosis (dvt). ...Read more

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Why does my calf muscle ache or feels warm after sitting for a long period of time?

Why does my calf muscle ache or feels warm after sitting for a long period of time?

2 reasons: There are many reasons for the aching. Prolonged sitting can lead to pulling of blood in your lower extremities which can give you the feeling of aching, numbness, or burning. Another reason can be a bulging, protrusion, or herniated disc. Prolonged sitting can cause impingement of your spinal nerves which can also be a cause of your symptoms. ...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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I had a tibial stress fracture about ½ a year ago, but now I feel my calf muscles tight whenever I run (esp. Long dist) and sometime ache for few days?

Its understandable.: Keep exercising to stretch the muscles daily and I am sure the tightness would subside eventually. It just needs time and patience.
Keep up with the exercises. ...Read more

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Do I have dvt? Calf muscle was randomly sore 3 days ago the soreness is gone but weird sensations linger. Tight, full, cold foot, pulsing.

Do I have dvt? Calf muscle was randomly sore 3 days ago the soreness is gone but weird sensations linger. Tight, full, cold foot, pulsing.

Possibly: Sounds like it could be a DVT. Only an Ultrasound or venogram would be truly diagnostic.

An Ultrasound would be easy and more appropriate as an initial test. ...Read more

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My calf is hard and sore in back due to swelling. Cause for concern? I thought I had a muscle spasm that wouldn't go away until further inspection. Most of the skin of my calf is tight due to swelling which caused the pain and is very hard. My ankle has s

R/o DVT & P.E.: When your calf feels hard & sore due to swelling, u need to check if it also warm and/or purple or red. If yes, should be suspicious for DVT and need to go to the E.R. Or your doctor's office asap, so he/she can order the appropriate tests (u/s of the leg, d-dimer) and get you treated. Other causes to r/o are hematoma/ compartment syndrome, tumors (i.e. Baker's cyst), aneurysm or cellulitis. ...Read more

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What is the cause of a large hard lump in my calf muscle?

What is the cause of a large hard lump in my calf muscle?

Injury or growth: This could be the result of injury or a tear to the muscle, muscle spasming (ie: charlie horse), a benign growth or tumor, or a much more serious problem such as a sarcoma (malignant cancer of the muscle). You need to see a doctor to check this out. ...Read more

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What could be the cause for a sudden sharp pain in calf muscle?

What could be the cause for a sudden sharp pain in calf muscle?

Cramp or muscle tear: If you have traveled recently, had pelvis or lower extremity surgery, have a family or personal history of blood clots then that is possible. If just sitting around when occurs, then cramp or ruptured baker's cyst. If during exercise then gastroc (calf muscle) tear. If recent increase of running or walking, then stress fracture but usually does not cause sudden pain. ...Read more