Leg Pain Calves

Whenever we feel pain, it means that our body is reacting to something that is not normal and needs immediate attention.  Pain is a signal that something is not right.  The cause may be a physical injury, a disease, or could be an emotional upset.

Leg Pain

Leg Pain is something that is a common complaint and a common symptom for a lot of different causes such as muscle spasms or cramps, injuries, dehydration or depletion of minerals like potassium, sodium, calcium, or magnesium.  It can also be classified as inflammatory, orthopedic, neurologic, and vascular.

Muscle Spasm

Sometimes, we feel this terribly intense pain at the back of our leg w 00004000 hile asleep.  This is called a charley horse or muscle spasm which is characterized by a tightening of leg muscles that seems like forming into a hard knot, making your leg difficult and painful to move. When a muscle is in spasm, it contracts involuntarily and does not relax.

Tired, over-used or injured muscle is prone to spasms. When working out, always take a lot of liquids to avoid dehydration or low levels of minerals which can also predispose a person to muscle spasms.  Some spasms occur because the nerve that connects to a muscle is irritated. Activities like swimming, running and jumping are prone to muscle spasm.

When muscle spasms strike, stop your activity at once.  Try to stretch and massage the affected muscle area.  Both heat and ice are natural pain relief which can help relax the muscle and soothe the pain. Pain medications such as non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs can reduce discomfort when muscles continue to be sore. In severe cases, consult your health care provider for anti-spasm medications.

Some helpful tips to prevent muscle spasms:
* Stretching and massage improves flexibility.
* Workouts and exercise programs should be within your capabilities.
* Take lots of fluids during exercise
* Eat fruits rich in potassium like bananas and oranges

Restless leg Syndrome

Another type of leg pain is restless legs syndrome (RLS) which is a neurological disorder that brings about a compulsory desire to move the limbs accompanied by a burning or tingling sensation as if there are insects crawling in the lower legs. Such sensations may vary depending on its severity, from uncomfortable to irritating to painful.  Unfortunately, trying to relax would only activate the symptoms resulting to difficulty getting and maintaining sleep. This condition causes exhaustion and daytime fatigue when ignored.

Since research considers this condition as "idiopathic" which means that the cause is unknown, treatment depends on identifying the associated or underlying medical conditions. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia are sometimes associated with restless legs syndrome.  Those who experience sleep disturbance will have to manage and modify their lifestyle such as minimizing if not totally avoiding alcohol or caffeine intake.  Medications such as athritis pain relief or skeletal muscle relaxant drugs may be administered to those with associated medical conditions like arthritis.

Blockage of Leg Arteries

Tiredness or burning pain in the legs is caused by poor circulation and blockage of blood in the leg arteries. This pain is brought on by exercise, and relieved by rest. Sometimes, limping occurs due to leg cramps.  This is called claudication.

Narrowed or blocked arteries can occur anywhere in the body.  Oftentimes, after a period of walking, the blockage occurs in the legs, most commonly in the calf or the foot. This is called intermittent claudication and is relieved by enough leg rest.

Home Care and Treatment

A healthy diet is important and a daily program of walking for short periods, and stopping when there's pain or cramps, may help improve your condition.  Avoid wearing tight shoes.
However, make sure to let your doctor check any non-healing wounds on the lower legs and feet.  When leg pain does not go away, remains hot, red and swollen, seek medical help immediately.

About the author: For tips on thick calves and swollen calves, visit the Calf Pain website.

Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/wellness-articles/leg-pain-and-muscle-spasms--1704813.html

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What would help to eliminate chronic leg pain in the calves?
    My wife suffers with extreme leg pain in her calves. She has tried several pain meds and they all fall short. What can she do

    • ANSWER:
      If it is cramp that you are experiencing my Father swears by Tonic Water. He suffers with cramp in the legs at night and has a glass of tonic water before going to bed and it really helps. Best get checked by the Dr too.

  2. QUESTION:
    I have been having leg pain for about 6 weeks. The pain is in my calves and hamstring area. Anyone else?
    I was diagnosed with depression around the same time from other symptoms that I was having. The depression is good now but the leg pains are still bad. Does anyone else have the same problem or have any ideas what could be causing it? I haven't done anything out of the ordinary for them to be hurting. Sometimes I just stand up or sometimes its after walking or movement.

    • ANSWER:

  3. QUESTION:
    Leg muscle pain, starting from the bottom of my feet to my calves, what could it be?
    I'm a 53 years old woman with no medical problems, except bad circulation. Going through menopause. Now I can't hardly walk, the leg pain is pretty bad. No Fibromyangia history in my family.
    Today I took 2 MSM capsules and the pain is almost gone for the first time in days.

    • ANSWER:
      This is very painful and pain pills do not help. I have had it for over a year and the doctor was slow to diagnose it until I was in critical shape. I am also 53.

      Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is caused by a blood clot in a muscle and can be life-threatening. Symptoms include swelling, pain, and tenderness in the legs. Risk factors include immobility, hormone therapy, and pregnancy.

      DVTs can occur anywhere in the body but are most frequently found in the deep veins of the legs, thighs, and pelvis. They may infrequently arise from the upper extremities usually because of trauma, or from an indwelling catheter (tubing) or device.

      A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition wherein a blood clot (thrombus) forms in a vein of the deep system.

      Thrombophlebitis is a condition in which there is both inflammation and a blood clot in a vein. Thrombophlebitis can occur in either superficial or deep veins. Superficial thrombophlebitis occurs in veins close to the skin surface, and usually causes pain, swelling, and redness in the area of the vein. Superficial thrombophlebitis usually is treated with heat, elevation of the affected leg or arm, and anti–inflammatory medications. A thrombosis in a deep vein is a much more serious problem than one in a superficial vein. The reason for this is that a piece of the clot in deep vein from a DVT can break off and travel through the deep veins back to the heart, and eventually be pumped by the heart into the arteries of the lung. When this happens, the condition is called pulmonary embolism (PE). The blood clot is called an embolus (plural emboli), and the process of breaking off and traveling to the lungs is called embolism.

      Narcotics didn’t help my pain. I now take Tizanidine 4mg 5/day and Lyrica Cv 100 mg 3/day. This helps the nerve pain and I can walk some now. I am feeling much better pain wise.

  4. QUESTION:
    i am 32 weeks pregnant. how do i stop the bad leg/calves pain that happens at night when i am laying down.?

    • ANSWER:
      Leg Cramps can be a sign of dehydration. Drink plenty of fluids during the day. They can also be aggravated by too much physical activity. Try to limit your activities an hour or more before bedtime. One trick that helped me was to sleep with my legs elevated.

  5. QUESTION:
    i am a postman who suffers severe lower leg pain. do any other postmen suffer from the same?
    as a postman i carry heavy weights over long distances and as a result my lower legs (calves) are now in almost constant pain. i have recently noticed that my calfs now twitch and spasm constantly. do any other postmen/women suffer from the same problem? and if so what is the best course of action to allieviate the pain?

    • ANSWER:
      it is due to excessive labour.relax and do yoga.
      for detail study go through;
      www.amazines.com/Health/article_detail.cfm/422922?articleid
      www.wrongdiagnosis.com/sym/calf_pain.htm

  6. QUESTION:
    I get an aching pain in my lower leg(calves)every winter what is it and how do I get rid?

    • ANSWER:
      Possibly shin splints. Anyway see a doctor

  7. QUESTION:
    Pain on the outer calf of my left leg. Could this be because of bad shoes during Zumba (dance) classes?
    I did a high intensity zumba session yesterday and felt this strange pain on my outside leg (calf). Have been wearing running shoes for dancing. Could this be the reason?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, the shoes, especially if they may be worn out could have something to do with the pain in your calf area.

      I would recommend checking with your doctor as well to see what they say.

  8. QUESTION:
    Lower leg pain in my calves after running?
    Hi~.
    Since summer started, I've been making an attempted to lose weight. I took up jogging because I always liked when I had to run "the mile" in school. I made a lot of stupid mistakes when I started though. The first time I ran, which was last monday, was my first time this summer and I ran for about a mile. The next day, I ran two miles, and the day after I ran another two miles. The first two times, my mistake was I didn't wear running shoes (I admit that), but I did my third time. I just went jogging fifteen minutes ago for about a mile, but I had to walk during most of it because of this INTENSE pain in the back of my legs and my ankles. I'm not sure what it is. I read up on shinsplints, but I don't think that's it. Does anyone have any ideas? Am I pushing myself and what should I do?

    Also, if I have to stop running for a while, what are some exercises I could do to target my love handles? (I know you can't spot reduce, but those are my problem.)

    Thank you in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      its possible that you are running either to much on your heels or on your toes. not entirely sure but it can also be a lack of stretching or warming up. you might have shocked your body too much by running everyday when you hadn't run in a long time, and therefore might have injured your calves by improper form or overuse. I'm not a doctor but stopping for a while would be good and when you feel good enough to run again maybe run every other day or run less distance and slowly build up. For losing weight you could bike, swim, and do ab exercises. hope this helped

  9. QUESTION:
    what could be the cause of this leg pain?
    I often get severe pain in my legs, from my ankles to half way up my calves. The pain usually occurs when i walk for long periods of time, and sometimes from swimming. I have worked out regularly for a long time, and i work out 5-6 days a week. I don't think it could be weak muscles. I have tried to strengthen every possible muscle there. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what could be causing the pain?

    • ANSWER:
      Your achilles tendon could be tightening up to cause you that pain. It isn't fully released so the long walks cause the pressure on it to make the muscle tighten up even more to cause the pain. To get rid of the pain you have to free up the tendon and here's how to do that:
      Achilles tendon:
      While sitting and your leg on your lap, take both thumbs and place them side by side at about ankle height on the tendon on the back of your leg and apply pressure hard and hold. After 30 seconds slowly raise your toes up as far as you can, release the pressure but hold your foot there for another 30 seconds.
      For best results relax your body first by taking a deep breath and exhaling then remain this relaxed.

  10. QUESTION:
    Why is there throbbing pain in my right leg around outer thighs and outer calves?
    Sometimes when I walk, for example this morning after I got out of bed, there was throbbing pain in these places.

    • ANSWER:
      myalgia.

  11. QUESTION:
    Pain's in my calves (leg), should i go to hospital?
    I have been getting pains in my calves on & off for about 5 weeks. 1st time went to doctor he looked at them said they look ok & that was it. 2nd time went 2 weeks later told him i was still getting them & i had had pins & needles all weekend (now stopped). He said same thing & gave me some ibrurophen gel. I've been getting them for the past few days again, they mainly hurt when i stand or walk. I have also noticed bruises on both legs & i don't know how they got there. The pain isn't bad just enough to make me notice them. Pain killers don't work. Also a couple of weeks ago i started getting chest pains & fluttering sensation in chest followed by a fast beating heart, it also feels like i'm not getting enough air into my lungs. went to the docter he gave me tabs for anxiety, said it probably that causing them. After he felt my pulse & had a quick listen. I have also been dizzy on & off for a while. If i take a deep breathe it hurts on my back. (not always) I had a baby 7 weeks ago

    • ANSWER:
      It does sound like anxiety... one symptom can be painful calves. Along with the heart rate and chest pains and hyperventilating, sounds like it is very likely. Go and have another word with the doctor and try to get to the bottom of your anxiety.

      Added after reading many questioning why it would affect legs... seriously: painful calves IS a symptom of anxiety. Something to do with reduced oxygen in the system due to hyperventilation, much the same as aching arms and shoulder is a symptom. Sort out the anxiety and it will all go away.

  12. QUESTION:
    My Father has nerve pain in the front of his leg and calf what is it?
    Ok, my dad has been having pain in the front and lower parts of his leg (calf), there is no pain in his lower back and it is just in the right leg, a little in the left but its like 95% in the right, he suffers from frequent pain that causes him not to get any sleep, he went to the doctor and the results are in the work, but i just wanted to see if anyone else has any ideas.

    • ANSWER:
      pain in the calf could be indicative of a DVT....... just to be safe - DO NOT RUB OR MASSAGE THE SITE. doing so may cause an emboli to free itself causing a pulmonary embolism. which is fatal.

      DVT = deep vein thrombosis.

  13. QUESTION:
    Why do I have horrible leg pain?
    I got sick with a headache, fever, chills, and sweats... all minor.
    5 days later, the chills and sweats disappeared, replaced by back pain.
    the next day, everything had gone.. but i had horrible leg pains, like lower calves.
    4 days later, i still cannot sleep from the pain
    what's happened? why is the pain still here?

    • ANSWER:
      You can get leg pain because of pinched muscles in your lower back. They press on the nerves for your legs to create pains that run through them. You also have your achilles tendon tight, and that is why your calf is hurting. Releasing that will get rid of that pain also. Here is how to release those muscles:
      Back:
      (do from a sitting position)
      Place your left hand on your left leg next to your body. Place your right hand over your left shoulder and find the muscles next to your spine and firmly press on them and hold. After 30 seconds slowly lower your body forward and to the outside of your left leg, keeping your left arm fairly straight as you do. When you reach your lap remain there for another 10 seconds, release the pressure but rest there for another 30 seconds. Then reverse your hand positions and do your right side.
      Achilles tendon:
      While sitting and your leg on your lap, take both thumbs and place them side by side at about ankle height on the tendon on the back of your leg and apply pressure hard and hold. After 30 seconds slowly raise your toes up as far as you can, release the pressure but hold your foot there for another 30 seconds.
      For best results relax your body first by taking a deep breath and exhaling then remain this relaxed.

  14. QUESTION:
    I have left leg calf pain?
    Like its almost in the center of my calf on my left leg. On the left side had it for a few days. Kinda going down to my ankle. It doesn't matter what I do it will hurt at anytime I haven't done anything extreme lately. Sometimes it happens once to twice, sometimes it happens for like 30mins like a throbbing pain. Any Idea to what this could be?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your doctor.

      The internet isn't a place for a medical diagnosis. I mean, think about it. We can't examine you, run tests or read your medical records. we aren't trained to.

      Please go to a clinic or to your doctor.

  15. QUESTION:
    Calf/Leg pain from Jump-roping?
    I'm a varsity Rower going into my junior year of High School. I started jump roping to keep in shape and the first 2-3 times of jump roping for 20-30 minutes off and on (not messing up is hard but im getting the hang of it) has been fine. After jump roping in our driveway for awhile my calves started to hurt. It wasn't the muscle pain but more the inside of my shins. It hurts to run, or jump rope because of the pressure. Likewise it will hurt if I squat and put too much pressure on the leg. Both legs look normal and there are no signs of Necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating bacteria). I knew the guy from Upper Arlington who had to have his legs amputated and I'm just a little worried if this is normal for jump roping since it still hasn't gone away after several weeks. (I still continue to work out)

    • ANSWER:
      If you can't see anything on your skin such as redness or swelling, it sure isn't something dreadful like necrotizing fascisitis! That's some pretty rare stuff!

      You actually have deeper muscles in your calves that extend to the base of your shins. It's probably just the strain on those muscles that you're feeling. It should subside in a few days, or at least feel better. If not, as always, see your doc! :)

  16. QUESTION:
    Calf(Leg)pain, please help?
    hey i woke up with really bad pain in my calf ( my lower leg)
    and i am going to a disco tonight,i havent been out in ages as my mothers been ill, is there anyway to get rid of calf pain? anything to ease the pain?

    • ANSWER:
      try streaching the calf muscle. this can easily be done at home. stand on the stairs, with your toes just on the step, lower your heel so it streaches your calf, hold for a couple of seconds then raise your heel, keep doing that for a coiple of mins, should help you out a bit

  17. QUESTION:
    Should runners take aspirin for leg pain?
    I had to miss 4 of my XC practices and today, when I got back to practicing, I had a hard workout. Now, my legs (especially calves) are really sore. Should I take aspirin (Tylenol)? Will it affect my running tomorrow? Has anyone ever taken aspirin for leg pain due to running?

    • ANSWER:
      Aspirin is the best! It thins your blood a little aiding blood flow and reducing inflammation. The next best thing is Alleve (Naproxin), it's a super anti-inflammatory but can burn your stomach a little bit. I like aspirin the best. Also cool water.

      After four days off you loose a little fitness and need to hold back until you get strong again; it should take about a week of training to recover. I have hurt myself a few times returning too fast, running too hard. The muscles lose a little fitness but your energy level is surging; now you know what happens. I have been there.

      Kidney damage? Many people take 81 mg of aspirin every day to compliment blood pressure medicine. Aspirin, taken as directed, is safe.

  18. QUESTION:
    What is this pain in my legs/calves?
    Okay, I'm sure this could me numerous things but I'd love to get an idea because I do not have insurance. I get this pain in my lower legs. It starts any time I'm up on and moving and is typically in my calves, to the point of me wanting to just lie down for relief. Sitting does not bring the relief, only lying down. By the time evening hits, the pain is also on the front of my legs and it burns all the way through my feet. I'm not that old....=) What in the world is going on?

    • ANSWER:
      if you haven't strained anything then it could be poor circulation. you don't have to be old these days .children are getting cancer, diabetis and everything old folks used to have. just start taking some supplement. puritans pride have really inexpensive stuff. supplement is all you need, as oppose to those over the counter drugs that does more harm than good. go to the website below and order a catalog. you will find something for your leg pain and anything else that might ails you.

  19. QUESTION:
    What causes lower leg pain and itch?
    My lower legs from the calves down itch real bad and hurt. Started about 2 months ago. Thought it was perhaps something in the bed but proved that wrong. The pain is a deep dull pain and the itching never stops legs feel like they are half asleep

    • ANSWER:
      poor circulation, lift legs over heart

  20. QUESTION:
    What can I do to get rid of the pain above my calves?
    I have pain behind my right leg just above my calves just where behind my knees just to be specific and to get an accurate answer. Yesterday I have been walking alot and I guessing this could be the reason but does anybody know how I can get rid of the pain and is it possible that I pulled a muscle? Thanks everyone.

    • ANSWER:
      stretch :)

  21. QUESTION:
    Leg pain, calf and back of thigh?
    I do have this posted in the health section also, but tend to get better answers from mommies.... Thanks!

    For the past few days one of my legs has been hurting. It is not a bad pain, just something I feel in my left leg while sitting. laying ect..
    I am not one to run to the doctor for everything, so please give my your opinions... I am only worried because I am 30 years old and my mom has had blood clots. I have looked at the back of my leg and there is no red mark, it is not swollen. Just tender in some areas. It is not muscle pain. Anyone have something like this? Is it worth seeing a doctor?
    thanks for your help

    • ANSWER:
      I,m not a mum,but I am a dad,it could be a trapped nerve in your back,go see doc,all the best.

  22. QUESTION:
    I am a 50 yr old female with pain in my calves, rt leg worse, feels like I ran a 10k but didnt?
    A couple of weeks ago I experienced bad leg cramping that incapacitated me, since then, I have had the pain, at times, I cant even walk because of the pain

    • ANSWER:
      Pain in the calf can be caused by numerous things. You really should see a Dr about it. I used to work in a nursing home... little things become more serious as we age. Please don't wait to see a dr.

      I personally have experienced it for: pulled muscles, inflamation due to other conditions, blood clot, sciatica (pinched nerve at the base of the spine), and leg cramps (due to low potassium).

      When I had the blood clot I was unable to walk w/o severe pain. I then had a couple weeks of constant leg cramps. I am now experiencing inflamation of my veins that makes it hard for me to stand or sit for long. What you describe sounds a LOT like what I have been going through.

  23. QUESTION:
    Lower part of the leg pain problem?
    ok i've been having these pain in the lower part of my leg. Pain back of the leg calf area and front lower part of the leg around the lower/mid part tibia bone. What could be causing this?

    • ANSWER:
      Keep an eye on this and if the pain, weakness or tingling continues it may be the beginning of DVT. A vascular surgeon can perform a Doppler ultra scan test and identify the problem.

      This is very painful and pain pills do not help. I have had it for over 2 years and the doctor was slow to diagnose it until I was in critical shape.

      Mine started with a sudden onset of calf pain and leg swelling. The pain was worse when the leg was hanging down. There was warmth to the area because the veins were inflamed.

      I am on coumidin (warfarin) as a blood thinner. Usually when they say 6 months, they mean for the rest of your life. The blood thinner does not resolve the current clot problem, but supposedly keeps new clots from forming.

      Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is caused by a blood clot in a muscle and can be life-threatening. Symptoms include swelling, pain, and tenderness in the legs. Risk factors include immobility, hormone therapy, and pregnancy.

      DVTs can occur anywhere in the body but are most frequently found in the deep veins of the legs, thighs, and pelvis. They may infrequently arise from the upper extremities usually because of trauma, or from an indwelling catheter (tubing) or device.

      A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition wherein a blood clot (thrombus) forms in a vein of the deep system.

      Thrombophlebitis is a condition in which there is both inflammation and a blood clot in a vein. Thrombophlebitis can occur in either superficial or deep veins. Superficial thrombophlebitis occurs in veins close to the skin surface, and usually causes pain, swelling, and redness in the area of the vein. Superficial thrombophlebitis usually is treated with heat, elevation of the affected leg or arm, and anti–inflammatory medications. A thrombosis in a deep vein is a much more serious problem than one in a superficial vein. The reason for this is that a piece of the clot in deep vein from a DVT can break off and travel through the deep veins back to the heart, and eventually be pumped by the heart into the arteries of the lung. When this happens, the condition is called pulmonary embolism (PE). The blood clot is called an embolus (plural emboli), and the process of breaking off and traveling to the lungs is called embolism.

      Narcotics didn’t help my pain. I now take Tizanidine 4mg 5/day and Lyrica Cv 100 mg 3/day. This helps the nerve pain and I can walk some now. I am feeling much better pain wise.

  24. QUESTION:
    Calf Pain in the Left Leg for more than 2 Months?
    I have been having calf pain - along the the outer side of my left calf muscle for about two months. At first I feared a clot and my doctor ordered an ultrasound of my left leg which came back negative in February and since then I have on and off pain. I wear heels at work and have to run up and down two flights of steps at work at least eight times (each way) daily. Could my leg pain be from the shoes I am wearing or perhaps lack of potassium (since I also wake with charley horses in just that leg randomly well).

    • ANSWER:
      Some pains in the leg can be referral pain from the back. If your lower spine is not moving properly then this can irritate nerves and you get pains in the legs. I used to get this quite often until I started seeing a chiropractor. I know it can sound strange that you can get pain in one area and the problem be in another area but it is quite common. Wearing high heels could make this problem worse as when you wear them it tends to tilt your pelvis when you walk and this means you can't walk with the correct posture. High heels can also shorten your calf muscle if you wear them constantly. If you have to wear high heels at work, go bare foot at home to try to counteract this.

  25. QUESTION:
    Leg pain while sleeping?
    In the past month (or so?), I wake up in the middle of the night and feel extreme leg pain (calf?). It hurts really bad, and I can hardly move it. But I usually fall asleep about 30 seconds later. This has only happened a couple times. Is something wrong with me? Btw, I'm a teenager.

    • ANSWER:
      I get this when I have been drinking and I heard it's due to dehydration so try drinking more. I also heard that it can be caused by not having enough potassium in your diet so eat more bananas!

  26. QUESTION:
    why do i get pain in my calves and in my legs when i am about to get my period?
    when i am about to get my period i get major pain in my calves and legs. it all stared after i had my girls is been over 6 years that i have that.

    • ANSWER:
      Possibly that your hormones just go up or change and that's a symptom to it (strange, but could be).

      Maybe your potassium dips during that time (do you get like a muscle cramping?). If so, you could eat lots of extra yogurt, bananas and things with potassium in them and see if it goes away (at least test it out), I don't suggest supplements (yogurt works great).

      Last possiblity I can think of is that your uterus area swells from that time of the month and then puts pressure on nerves that go down to your legs. May be something you want to discuss with your gynocologist...maybe your uterus has dropped or there's something going on. So hopefully you get it checked out or go to your yearly paps and mention (don't just mention), write it down and have your gynocologist take it seriously!

  27. QUESTION:
    Occasional Strange leg calf pain?
    Sometimes when I wake up in the mornings my leg really hurts . It does wear off after a while and its only occasional that it happens. And it only hurts when I use it not constantly and it only happens when I wake up in the morning any idea what it could be?

    • ANSWER:
      Keep an eye on this and if the pain or tingling continues it may be the beginning of DVT.

      This is very painful and pain pills do not help. I have had it for over 2 years and the doctor was slow to diagnose it until I was in critical shape.

      Mine started with a sudden onset of calf pain and leg swelling. The pain was worse when the leg was hanging down. There was warmth to the area because the veins were inflamed.

      I am on coumidin (warfarin) as a blood thinner. Usually when they say 6 months, they mean for the rest of your life. The blood thinner does not resolve the current clot problem, but supposedly keeps new clots from forming.

      Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is caused by a blood clot in a muscle and can be life-threatening. Symptoms include swelling, pain, and tenderness in the legs. Risk factors include immobility, hormone therapy, and pregnancy.

      DVTs can occur anywhere in the body but are most frequently found in the deep veins of the legs, thighs, and pelvis. They may infrequently arise from the upper extremities usually because of trauma, or from an indwelling catheter (tubing) or device.

      A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition wherein a blood clot (thrombus) forms in a vein of the deep system.

      Thrombophlebitis is a condition in which there is both inflammation and a blood clot in a vein. Thrombophlebitis can occur in either superficial or deep veins. Superficial thrombophlebitis occurs in veins close to the skin surface, and usually causes pain, swelling, and redness in the area of the vein. Superficial thrombophlebitis usually is treated with heat, elevation of the affected leg or arm, and anti–inflammatory medications. A thrombosis in a deep vein is a much more serious problem than one in a superficial vein. The reason for this is that a piece of the clot in deep vein from a DVT can break off and travel through the deep veins back to the heart, and eventually be pumped by the heart into the arteries of the lung. When this happens, the condition is called pulmonary embolism (PE). The blood clot is called an embolus (plural emboli), and the process of breaking off and traveling to the lungs is called embolism.

      Narcotics didn’t help my pain. I now take Tizanidine 4mg 5/day and Lyrica Cv 100 mg 3/day. This helps the nerve pain and I can walk some now. I am feeling much better pain wise.

  28. QUESTION:
    I have calf pain/ leg pain while sitting for a long period of time..?
    At school I can spend a whole hour sitting in a desk for the whole period. Some days I have calf pain where it just throbs and throbs and I have no idea why. When i get up and walk on it, it feels fine! But I don't know why it does this. Does anybody know of a reason or what is wrong with my throbbing legs? It only happens while sitting for a long periods of time.

    • ANSWER:
      you are cutting of venous return, This can lead to blood pooling and clots, which when released can become a thrombus and possibly get lodged in the lungs or brain causing all sorts of nasty problems. It is prevelent in women on birth control, people who sit for long periods in cramped spots like airplanes, people who smoke to name a few. Standing up retsores circulation. Pain is your bodies way of saying somethings up... move please. This should be checked out by your doctor, but try shifting positions, moving around your legs, tightening and relaxing the calf muscles. Don't sit on your legs and watch where the pressure points are and try and avoid letting the desk/seat push up against the same spot all the time.

  29. QUESTION:
    URGENT: Is there medical connection between leg pain and possible ovarian cancer?
    This is for my mother age 36, she recently found out that she has a syst on her overy and it may be cancer. About 5min ago she had major pain in her calf musle of her leg. Her discription of it was that it felt like the musle was being riped in half. I need to know if there is any possible medical correlation between the syst and the leg pain. Please only relivant responses from qualified and licenced medical workers.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, there can be a connection between leg pain and ovarian cancer. The only way to be sure though is to check with your physician. Also, are there any other symptons, such as fluid retention going on?

      Your mother should check to see if she has any swelling in her legs. Sometimes with ovarian cancer (or any abdominal cancer) a condition called ascites can occur. This is a build of fluid produced by the tumor. Since you do not have a diagnosis for cancer yet, this may well be a symptom that you should not ignore. If your mother does seem to have swelling or fluid in her legs she should immediately contact her doctor. Do not be concerned that this is a weekend, doctors should be on call to handle this situation. If she has fluid build up they will instruct her what to do next, depending on how much is there. Do not ignore this though.

      Ascites (with ovarian cancer)
      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000286.htm

      My son had abdominal and leg swelling because the tumors were 'weeping'. He had over 40 pounds of fluid in the abdomen and feet and legs.
      He was given lasix and was able to eliminate the fluid.

      Check on this as soon as possible.

      Good luck.

  30. QUESTION:
    Calf/leg pain with no cause?
    I have had pretty awful calf and leg pain recently, with no cause that I can think of. I haven't started any new exercise routine, everything is pretty much the same as it has been. Except for this pain!

    It's the worst in the morning and at night, at least that seems to be when I notice it. In my calf, it is very high up, almost behind my knee if that makes sense.

    I've had shin splints and this isn't that. I've also had DVTs (blood clots) and this is a different sort of pain than that as well. I'm honestly stumped.

    I will say that it hurts equally whether I am on my feet or sitting down with my legs up, so I don't think it's an injury. Feels muscular.

    • ANSWER:
      hm.. i think you should stretch your calf okay against the wall
      your heel in the floor and your toes
      like on the wall if it
      makes sense idk i think it will really help
      but if it hurts allot don't do that no more and see a doctor

  31. QUESTION:
    leg pain???
    im 22 and im taking the combined contraceptive pill and iv been getting a pain in my left calf at the back just below the knee my calf is swollen slightly and very painful even walking lightly on it hurts could this be a dvt?? also i smoke about 10 cigarettes a day

    • ANSWER:
      get it checked out with your doc, he'll know better than anyone here

  32. QUESTION:
    What is blood clot in calf(leg) pain like?
    Yesterday morning I woke up with a terrible pain in my left calf, just like I'd badly pulled a muscle.

    It hurt to walk and bend my foot, but today it's quite a bit better walking, but I can't touch it - it's like a really bad bruise. It's only a small area too, on the inner side of my calf (but when I walk it's most of the leg).

    I am really worried as my family have had heart issues, but I didn't think blood clot pain was like muscle pain, I thought it was more of a dull ache.

    If you have had one, I would really appreciate it if you could tell me if this is the type of pain you can get - if it's still no better in the morning I shall go to the doctors to get it checked out :)

    Thanks x

    • ANSWER:
      I'd be very worried. Go to A&E straight away and get it checked out.

      Look up DVT symptoms on Google to see if this could be the case.

      If it is a blood clot and it breaks loose and enters your lungs/heart it can be fatal.

  33. QUESTION:
    Can continuous leg pain be side effect of emergency contraceptive pill?
    i took i-pill on 24th april after unprotected sex. After that i again took emergency 72 on 2nd may. i got my periods on 11th may normal after 29days cycle. but i am having continuos leg pain since 4th-5th may. my ankle's paining a lot. and now my calves and hips are also paining. Is this a side effect of emergency contraceptive pills? Pls i would like a suggestion. I will try to conceive after my next period. Is it safe to conceive???

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    friend has irritable leg syndrome, now calf and knee pain with charly horse in feet?
    He has been on leg medicine for several years and the severity of the calf and knee pain is increasing. He has prior neck and back injuries.

    • ANSWER:
      There are several possibilities for what could be causing this such as a more serious problem with the digestive tract such as Crohn's (an example only). In some conditions such as Crohn's symptoms can affect the legs and knees.

      I would recommend that he get back in touch with his doctor for further evaluation of the situation to see what they say.

  35. QUESTION:
    What are some causes of strange leg pain?
    Sometimes I'll get strange pain in my legs, and I'm not sure where it's coming from or why. It will extend from my lower back, through my hips, thighs, and calves, and to my ankles. It doesn't feel like muscle pain, and can sometimes ache for days. Could it be some kind of referred pain or trouble with nerve connections?

    • ANSWER:
      This sounds like a pinch nerve. I recommend you see a chiropractor and get an evaluation and treatment. Chiropractors are very good with back pain.

  36. QUESTION:
    What kind of doctor should my mom see for leg pain?
    It's not an immobilizing or severe pain; it's just strong enough for her to complain about it.

    The pain is throughout the whole of both legs; she says it's in her knees, behind the knee, her ankle, her toes, the arch, the instep, her calves, etc.

    The thing is, we don't know exactly what kind of doctor to make an appointment with.

    Should it be her regular every day doctor? An orthopedic doctor? A rheumatologist?

    The pain is through such a wide area we're not sure which one to go for.

    • ANSWER:
      Richard C is right. Your family doctor is still the "gatekeeper" to the specialists. Conversely, if your mom goes to a Chiropractor and he/she is honest, they can send you to a specialist also, but don't go to a chiro out of the phone book or they will tell you they can fix it. Your mom might respond to chiropractic, but get a referral to one from your family doc if you don't know one personally.

  37. QUESTION:
    i m suffering from severe leg pain just below my right calf muscle from last 2-3 years.?
    i m suffering from severe nd unbearable pain just below my right leg calf muscle from last 2-3 years. i hav shown my problm to many specialists like orthopedics nd neurologists nd done many tests like bloos test,doppler,x-rays etc, but without any success.as a result for teporary relief i hav resorted to consuming painkillers daily like nise(nimusulide).over d past few months d severity of d pain is increasing nd so is my rate of consuming painkillers...please help

    • ANSWER:
      Probably have a micro-tear or several. They can be very painful, and if not dealt with properly, can last a long time (getting progressively worse).

      This website has information on how to deal with them: http://www.davidhays.net/running/calf_tears.html

      Also, the pain may not be getting worse, rather your tolerance for the pain meds you are taking is increasing, making less effective. You should talk to you doctor about getting on a different regimen so that you don't develop an addiction.

  38. QUESTION:
    Lower Calf/Leg Pain?
    I have been having lower leg pain since February. At first it felt like it was going all around my cald muscle and then down the front bone of my leg. At the time I had only been taking birth control for a month and the doctor had an doppler ultrasound performed on my leg to rule out a blood clot and it came back as negative - plus I've had multiple doctors feel my leg since then and each has assured me repeatly there is no blood clot. Then I want to a new doctor who had an MRI run to make sure the muscle was not torn and it just strained. Since I was still getting pain, I had an EMG done to make sure it wasn't my nerves and it was clear.

    So I am at a complete loss. I am still having a dull pain in my leg muscle - today it felt like it was running down the front of my shin and coming out my arch.

    I am not taking birth control. I am a non-smoker. The area is not bruised, swollen, hot or red. I am about 5;5 and weigh 180 - I gained 20 pounds this year due panic attacks.

    • ANSWER:
      Without knowing further details about the characteristics of your pain, what activities cause it/relieve it, etc, one still has to consider if this pain may eminate from the spine...even if the EMG was negative and even if you have no back pain.

      Another consideration is your knee...

      ...or stress fracture...which is hard to detect on x-ray and may require a bone scan...

      Sometimes you need to look at the surrounding joints to find the source of pain.

      Have you been to physical therapy? They may have the ability to spend more time evaluating it than a physician to give you better ideas about the problem.

  39. QUESTION:
    A friend had pain from what appears to be a blood clot in his leg (calf) and heart discomfort.?
    This happened upon rising in the middle of the night. His heart discomfort went away, but his leg is still sore (it happened two days ago). Yesterday, he went to see his doctor and the doctor said that his heart sounded fine and things like this just happen once in a while. He also ordered a sonogram of his thigh (the pain was in the calf). The sonogram was fine. Is it safe just to forget about this? Can anything be done to prevent this from happening in the future?

    • ANSWER:
      Get a second opinion.

  40. QUESTION:
    lower leg/calf pain Relief?
    It started a few days after i started to jump rope.It dosnt hurt when i walk or regularly it only hurts when i try to jump rope or massage it.i have pain around the inner part of the calfs in-between the bone and the meat.should i see a doc

    • ANSWER:
      yes dear you must see a doctor and i suggest you must take Percocet that is a very nice pain killer

  41. QUESTION:
    Severe lower leg/calf pain?!?
    So let's see i tore my acl,had it reconstructed the whole bit about 4 years ago once and awhile my leg get's swollen and has fluid and hurts ,but for the past couple of days my leg kills! It's like my lower leg/calf and it's sorta swollen which isn't very uncommon but i can feel it throbbing! Like it feels like a real bad cramp but i can actually feel it throbbing,it isn't warm to the touch or anything what do you think it could be? It's quite uncomfortable and i don't want to have to go to the er if i don't have to but what do you guys think?!

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    lower leg pain knees down into back of calves,no distance in walking/not charlie horses??

    • ANSWER:
      You may have a problem here. Check out Webmd.com. Also if you are doing the Atkins diet and are not having any carbs at all you can experience these pains (happened to me during my walking routine)

  43. QUESTION:
    I am a 61 yr.old female with a leg pain in my right calf that is a daily pain. It has been off and on for?
    months. I walk stiff legged sometimes, shooting pain sometimes, and constant movement doesn't help.. I sleep from the time my head hits the pillow till morn. I am a school bus driver. I drive a car. Full figured and healthy.

    • ANSWER:
      it could be a blood clot, but is doesn't really sound like it. it could be arthritis or even possible a pinched nerve in your back

  44. QUESTION:
    What kind of leg pain is associated with ovarian cancer?
    Hi, Im doing a project and Im at the symptoms of ovarian cancer and one of the symptoms is leg pain, but I'm having a hard time explaining it, is it just regular leg cramps that you get in your calf or does it radiate down your leg. Also I can't find out how intense the pain is, so what kind of leg pain is associated with ovarian cancer, and what leg pain should people be looking for! Thanks for the help!
    Also I read that the pain is usually in the shin not the calf is there any truth to that?? Thanks again!!

    • ANSWER:
      Actually to the person who said leg pain is not a symptom of ovarian cancer, they are wrong. It is a symptom of ovarian and cervical cancer and it is non stop bone pain down the tibia. Sometimes the pain shoots around the pelvic bone also, the reason why it is in the leg (and only one leg, not both) is because of the collection of nerves that meet at the pelvis. Once the tumor is big enough, it usually invades the pelvis and presses on one of these nerves.

  45. QUESTION:
    Woke up with a really bad leg cramp. I get extreme pain from my left calf?
    I woke up with extreme pain on my left calf, i haven't been physically active for awhile. The pain keeps coming back every 5min if i leave my leg still. The pain is extreme. I also am overweight and have diabetes.

    • ANSWER:
      This is very painful and pain pills do not help. I have had it for over a year and the doctor was slow to diagnose it until I was in critical shape.

      Mine started with a sudden onset of calf pain and leg swelling. The pain was worse when the leg was hanging down. There was warmth to the area because the veins were inflamed.

      Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is caused by a blood clot in a muscle and can be life-threatening. Symptoms include swelling, pain, and tenderness in the legs. Risk factors include immobility, hormone therapy, and pregnancy.

      DVTs can occur anywhere in the body but are most frequently found in the deep veins of the legs, thighs, and pelvis. They may infrequently arise from the upper extremities usually because of trauma, or from an indwelling catheter (tubing) or device.

      A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition wherein a blood clot (thrombus) forms in a vein of the deep system.

      Thrombophlebitis is a condition in which there is both inflammation and a blood clot in a vein. Thrombophlebitis can occur in either superficial or deep veins. Superficial thrombophlebitis occurs in veins close to the skin surface, and usually causes pain, swelling, and redness in the area of the vein. Superficial thrombophlebitis usually is treated with heat, elevation of the affected leg or arm, and anti–inflammatory medications. A thrombosis in a deep vein is a much more serious problem than one in a superficial vein. The reason for this is that a piece of the clot in deep vein from a DVT can break off and travel through the deep veins back to the heart, and eventually be pumped by the heart into the arteries of the lung. When this happens, the condition is called pulmonary embolism (PE). The blood clot is called an embolus (plural emboli), and the process of breaking off and traveling to the lungs is called embolism.

      Narcotics didn’t help my pain. I now take Tizanidine 4mg 5/day and Lyrica Cv 100 mg 3/day. This helps the nerve pain and I can walk some now. I am feeling much better pain wise.