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calf aches

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 11, 2006
  • 03:46 PM

Whenever I sit, my calves ache (not cramp) and they are getting worse. I can barely sit for an half hour. It feels great to get up and walk around though. I'm not over weight and exercise daily. Anyone have any ideas on what is causing this? I am now taking Glucosamine, and calcium.

Thanks,

Sue

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  • Have had the same problem since I was a small child. Used to say they were growing pains, but I am now 60 and have quite stopped growing. Have been diagnosed with restless legs syndrome, but not sure that is true. Still have aching calves, and will still toss at night as the aching keeps me awake. Have never gotten a straight answer but hope you have better luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 23, 2006
    • 10:38 PM
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  • That is interesting. When I hear the TV ads for Restless Leg Syndrome, it doesn't sound what like what I am feeling. There's no tingling or cramps, just an ache. I find now that if my legs aren't straight while laying in bed, they will ache. So I do try to keep them straight. As long as it isn't something serious, I can live with it. No one seems to know what it is.Sue
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 13, 2006
    • 05:00 PM
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  • That is interesting. When I hear the TV ads for Restless Leg Syndrome, it doesn't sound what like what I am feeling. There's no tingling or cramps, just an ache. I find now that if my legs aren't straight while laying in bed, they will ache. So I do try to keep them straight. As long as it isn't something serious, I can live with it. No one seems to know what it is. Sue I had very classic restless leg symptoms, but know cramps or tingling either and "requip" solved the problem after the first pill...Do you have trouble when sitting in an enclosed seat, such as a movie theater? Wanting to keep your legs stretched out, but lack room, so you sort of keep shifting your position?In bed you need to keep your legs straight and then need to rotate your ankle and change the angle of your foot to relieve the pain???RLS for sure goog luck,mrebooks
    mrebooks 2 Replies
    • October 24, 2006
    • 08:21 PM
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  • Take a magnesium supplement.
    Irradiated 23 Replies
    • December 15, 2006
    • 05:17 PM
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  • Calves can ache due to Potassium insufficiency, so drink some OJ, or eat some raw spinach or whichever. I'd recommend two heavy doses of OJ and see if that helps. That CAN be the first sign of a potassium issue.RLS is a possiblity, as is DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) so be careful, and take an aspirin 325mg, and wait 20 mins... if it goes away, then you need to be seen ASAP! Are you experiencing any nausea, vomiting or diarrhea from any of this? If not, you are probably fine with RLS OR That potassium thing. Good Luck!!Parfie
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 1, 2007
    • 07:58 AM
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  • A calcium/magnesium supplement 500/250 has helped me for years but lately not as well. Placing a soft pillow under my calves in bed seems to help.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 16, 2007
    • 01:15 PM
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  • thyroid hyper/hypo can cause just about any sympttom you can think of docs only go by the tsh test which is only an indication a tpo may be very helpful. you may have to go to an alternative parctichioner for tx as many docs dont know much about thyroid read info onweb about your symptoms and thyroid
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 16, 2007
    • 09:19 PM
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  • I also suffer from my legs aching.for the last 15 years. I tried REQUIP and had to quit after just a few days. Requip caused me to not to be able to concentrate. I have taken a Iburprofen at night for years and I am worried about overuse. I do feel that my legs are worse when using birth control pills. Since not taking them is a option, I guess I will deal with the pain.I am glad that I am reading the same symptoms, that I deal with daily. The aching, throbbing and feeling like I have to pop/crack my joints for relief. If anyone has a remedy, please share and help us.Mel
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 23, 2007
    • 01:43 AM
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  • I have had calf pain (more like aching) for the past 5 or 6 years. Only this year did my doctor put me on Elavil, two 10 mgs at night only. Knock wood this is working and I am no longer suffering with the pain.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 08:27 PM
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  • Sounds to me like some of you might be suffering from CVI (chronic venous insufficiency). If you would like to find out more, Google it or go to John Hopkins website to learn more. In Europe, by the way, the number one thing prescribed for such in Horse Chestnut Extract (300mg tablet, twice each day, and standardized to contain 16 to 20% aescin).Most will tell you that Horse Chestnut supports healthy circulation and fluid balance in the legs. In fact, it is said to be as effective as compression hosiery. It is used for other problems, too. But only venous leg support is recognized as the main benefit.It isn't for everyone, though. If you are on aspirin therapy, take other forms of blood thinners, have bleeding disorders or plan on having surgery, it isn't advisable to take it.This is only a suggestion to you guys. There are hundreds of sites you can Google to find out more. Above all else though, play it safe, educate yourself and ask you doctor before considering using it.Best Regards from Texas,bigdave
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  • Whenever I sit, my calves ache (not cramp) and they are getting worse. I can barely sit for an half hour. It feels great to get up and walk around though. I'm not over weight and exercise daily. Anyone have any ideas on what is causing this? I am now taking Glucosamine, and calcium.Thanks,SueYour problem is very similar to mine. I used to feel the pain once a month over 10 years ago, lately its occuring just about everytime I sit down. How's the glucosamine and calcium working?
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  • I have had this pain in my calf area for 6 months. They say it's my back but my knees even swell to the point where I can't even take long walks. So tired of Doctors trying to give me pain meds I just want to feel better. Any help out there? Thank you
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  • I have lived with this condition most of my adult life. The mroe I use them the more they hurt. They even will bruise on the outside from the thropbing. I've had 2 doctors so far wonder at the magnesium in my blood - difficency/abundance. I take supplements but not regular. Both of them referenced a condition that they couldn't quite remember. One even said it was in the school books. Over the years, I have had increasing pain and have lost at least 50% of the leg's durability, if not more. Hmmmm.. Wonder if that's related to the pulled muscle feeling in my chest... Been to the doc for it, that's where I heard the second doc mention magnesium in my blood. If anyone has ideas... Please post. These forums are invaluable real life information. ThanksG
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 21, 2007
    • 02:50 AM
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  • Take a magnesium supplement. Are you sure sitting down isn't stopping the veins in your legs from returning blood flow to your heart from your lower legs? That could explain why it feels so much better to get up and walk around because activity would get the blood moving again. Just an idea.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 5, 2007
    • 10:06 PM
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  • I'm 22 and have had aching calves for about 2 years now, mostly when I lie down, that keep me awake. I actually had bought a heat/massaging device, where in the instructions I later found, it said not to use with unidentified calf pains... Deep massages are probably the only thing I've experienced to really relieve the discomfort, which leads me to think it's probably muscle or circulation related - though my feet are completely fine, so I lean towards muscle. It doesn't seem to get worse or better with physical activity. I have hypothyroidism and am on the birth control pill as well, related or unrelated to my specific problem I don't yet know. I'm also lactose intolerant so my calcium intake is probably not what it shoudl be. Though uncomfortable and sometimes very tiring, I can deal with it, I just want to make sure it's not related to something else I should be aware of. It's interesting to see so many people talking about this same problem online.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 20, 2007
    • 04:29 PM
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  • Iv been going thu this for many years. Iv seen Dr. for Bakers cist I was checked out for that after test Dr.said no - also lactose intolerant that was not it. I was giving pills for RLS that seem to make it worse. I seem to only get it when I try to sleep. Iv read a lot of others on this site and I see im not alone. When hearing + thinking about me just getting it when trying to sleep im going to take some Aspirin tonight to see if maby poor circulation. This problem I know can be very bad some times I don’t sleep for days. I also stop the acheing when I stand + walk. I have also read tonight that there are lymph nodes located in the leg calf this opens a can of worms in thinking it could be Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I know what you all are going thu.
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  • I also suffer from my legs aching.for the last 15 years. I tried REQUIP and had to quit after just a few days. Requip caused me to not to be able to concentrate. I have taken a Iburprofen at night for years and I am worried about overuse. I do feel that my legs are worse when using birth control pills. Since not taking them is a option, I guess I will deal with the pain.I am glad that I am reading the same symptoms, that I deal with daily. The aching, throbbing and feeling like I have to pop/crack my joints for relief. If anyone has a remedy, please share and help us.Mel You describe everything identical to myself; down to the iburprofen nightly. Have you found any releif?--Trevor
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 21, 2010
    • 00:47 AM
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  • I am a 20 year old male, work out alot, and since i was young i have had trouble sleeping due to the pain, i recently descovered that eating a bananna before bed can sometimes seem to help, Pot. Deffiency, but right now i have no banannas, and no money, and i cannot sleep their throbbing so bad, hints the reason im up blogging about it and not sound asleep...
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