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Doctor insights on: When Should I Be Concerned About Calf Pain

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Calf Pain (Definition)

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


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How long aft arthroscopic surgery (2 weeks ago)for medial meniscus tear should I be concerned re blood clots? Calf pain immed after surgery but no more.

How long aft arthroscopic surgery (2 weeks ago)for medial meniscus tear should I be concerned re blood clots? Calf pain immed after surgery but no more.

2 weeks.: Generally speaking, after about 2 weeks, you're out of the woods, as far as developing blood clots. However, we have seen patients develop them 2-3 weeks after surgery, but that's extremely rare. Check with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Just finished levaquin, (levofloxacin) 7 doses and now have moderate calf pain on and off. Shud i be concerned or treat with rest, leg elevation and prayer?

Just finished levaquin, (levofloxacin) 7 doses and now have moderate calf pain on and off. Shud i be concerned or treat with rest, leg elevation and prayer?

Call your doctor: If you're having calf pain, or bone pain with levaquin, (levofloxacin) you need to contact your doctor as soon as possible. You may need to be seen for examination. This also needs to be documented in your chart. Prayer is fine, but seeing your doctor in person is more important in resolve this. ...Read more

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Can you die from calf pain?

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

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How can I exercise with out calf pain?

Should not have: Recurrent calf pain is a symptom of a problem. Start with your family doctor. A vascular ultrasound is a useful initial exam.Most causes can be helped. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about calf pain?

Depends: 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

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Severe left calf pain. How to alleviate?

Severe left calf pain. How to alleviate?

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

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How should I treat severe left calf pain?

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

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What could cause calf pain for over a week?

What could cause calf pain for over a week?

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

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I'm having outside calf pain, what can I do?

I'm having outside calf pain, what can I do?

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