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Why Does My Leg Cramp When I Run
Tight Calf Muscles!: The reason your calf hurts is how tight the entire muscle group is. When you stand on your toes, the calf muscle contracts, and if it is tight, then you may have pain. Performing runners' stretches are very beneficial and should help reduce the pain. If it continues, seek medical treatment with a podiatrist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unknown: I don't think there is one right answer to this as it might be different for different people. Most likely causes are repetitive jostling of the internal organs which pull on various ligamentous points of attachment such as are found in the right and left upper quadrants or for females in the pelvic area. ...Read more
Different reasons: I would need to have more history. Do you have history of injuries to the low back. Sometimes spinal stenosis is one condition that triggers low back pain with walking. Is the pain only in back or do you get numbness in the legs also? If so, neurogenic claudication could be part of the condition. Other possibilities: facet joint problem or the hip if the pain is noticed more on buttock area. ...Read more
Trocanteric bursitis: It's a classic symptom that happens when people lay on their side and their hip is inflamed at the trochanteric bursa (a fluid filled sac) that helps the tissues in the area move more easily. People commonly complain of waking up because of the pain. Anti-inflammatories, stretching, and alternating ice and heat compresses can help. If it doesn't improve, see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Thigh Weakness: Interesting problem. This can be related to the joint and give way due to low back, hip, or knee issues. Also neurologic problems can present like this as well. Occasionally a stress fracture can also cause "weakness" due to pain. Runners are often uncomfortable and a use to "tuning out" pain. I would have it evaluated. Make sure you go to your doctor in running clothes with your running shoe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Muscle spasms: I am assuming that the cramps you are describing are leg cramps. The large muscles in the legs experience pain when the muscles contract and don't let go, causing pain that can shoot down your legs. This can be a sign of poor circulation, abnormal salts (especially potassium, magnesium, or calcium), and should be evaluated by your primary physician. Good luck! ...Read more
Too general : A question that warrants a visit to your foot/ankle doc. Pain is a indication something is wrong, go get it checked out. ...Read more
Nerves: The nerves that come from your uterus into your spine also come from your legs and back. It is called referred pain and is reflection of how your nervous system is wired. Use motrin or better start birth control pill patch or ring and menstrual symptoms will decrease substantially. ...Read more
Only theories: Why joints sound like Rice Krispies Cereal (snap,crackle, and pop!) with no pain & normal functioning is a topic of debate. If your back does not hurt and you have no other symptoms like numbness, tingling, weakness, loss of bowel or bladder control, then don't worry. Try stretching before hand and "get the kinks out." first. My kiddo can twist and all her vertebra would pop sequentially! Ew! ...Read more
Need exam: Difficult to say w/out examining you...U may have strained one of your hamstring muscles mildly and continue to aggravate it w/ running.Sacroilliac joint pain is also a possibility but doesnt generally cause thigh pain.A pinched nerve in your lumbar spine can cause these symptoms also but its not activity related ususally.Best bet is to get examined by your md.Good luck! ...Read more
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