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Doctor insights on: What Causes Cramps In 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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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


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Can permanent L5 nerve damage cause weakness and cramps in the calf muscle as well as buttock and leg pain?

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

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Cause of warming sensation specific to one area of calf muscle. Comes and goes not warm to touch however the entire muscle feels crampy when touched?

Cause of  warming sensation specific to one area of calf muscle. Comes and goes not warm to touch however the entire muscle feels crampy when touched?

Get ultrasound: It is reasonable to get an ultrasound to rule out blood clot when someone has pain in the calf region, especially when the pain is only on one side. Infection of the skin should also be considered. Your doctor can evaluate and treat for these possible causes. ...Read more

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How can I address recurring cramps in the calf muscle?

How can I address recurring cramps in the calf muscle?

Stretching: Before and after exercise or sports. Adequate warm up and cool down to prevent cramps that are caused by vigorous physical activity. Good hydration before, during, after the activity esp if it is more than one hour to replace lost electrolytes esp sodium & potassium, which are major components of sweating .Should avoid excessive fatigue especially in warm weather. ...Read more

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Why sometimes i feel bit of cramp at my calf muscle?

Why sometimes i feel bit of cramp at my calf muscle?

No definite reason: Exact cause of muscle cramps is unknown, but the theories most commonly cited include:altered neuromuscular control, dehydration, electrolyte depletion, poor conditioning, muscle fatigue, new activity..Serious muscle spasm doesn't release on its own and requires manual stretching to help relax and lengthen the shortened muscle. Spasms and cramps can be mild or extremely painful. ...Read more

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What is the first and best thing to do when you get a cramp in the calf muscle?

What is the first and best thing to do when you get a cramp in the calf muscle?

Stretch: Gently stretch the muscle by extending ( straightening ) the knee and bringing the toes up toward the knee. ...Read more

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Why do u feel a bit of cramp at my calf muscle suddenly? Is this symptoms of some illness?

Why do u feel a bit of cramp at my calf muscle suddenly? Is this symptoms of some illness?

Muscle strain from : Strenuous exercise, electrolyte abnormality, circulation problem etc may cause your leg cramps. See your dr if it persists or worsens . Take care! ...Read more

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How do you help get rid of muscle cramps in a calf muscle?

How do you help get rid of muscle cramps in a calf muscle?

Warmth get rid of it: Place towel in hot water then place them on your calf muscles while lying face down with muscles relaxed. Massaging the calf muscle also helps. ...Read more