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Calf pain for 16 years

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  • Posted By: bbentler
  • February 27, 2013
  • 01:18 PM

Hi everyone. I have been struggling with calf pain for about 16 years (since the onset of puberty) that has caused me to be uncomfortable walking for lengths of time and more recently has caused serious issues with me sleeping and being comfortable just sitting. For many years it was a very dull and manageable pain, so much that I didn't think much of it and just thought it was normal. However, when I got to college it was getting worse and I knew that it was something I would someday need to deal with. Recently, the pain has elevated so much that it wakes me up at night and I have to stretch or take 800mg of ibuprofen to make it dull out enough to get back to sleep. When I am working (I'm a pianist) I have to have both feet using pedals. This might mean my legs are slightly outstretched. However in between each act of the show I play for if I don't stretch and use ibuprofen I'm in so much pain it takes all I can to stay seated without trying to stand up and put my foot against a wall to stretch the calve. I've tried stretching of all kinds and use a foam roller. I've tried massage but have had to deal with ungodly amounts pain, however I push through for a days worth of relief. When my boyfriend rubs my calve even lightly my buddy seems to start shaking slightly from his touch. Eventually he can get deeper, but it is bad enough that I have to put my head in a pillow and scream. The doctor I spoke with told me that my muscle was "too big for the skin it's in." I'm not sure that's good enough for me. I'm too young for this type of pain I feel.

A little about me: I'm a 29 year old male. I'm slightly overweight by about 25lbs. I've increased my exercise regularly over the last few months. I don't smoke or do drugs of any kind (except prescribed Fluoxetine and over-the-counter meds).

The pain is in both legs. It is predominently on the outside part of the calve towards the halfway up and towards the knee cap. When I use the roller I notice that I have pain in three specific areas. My ****, the front side of my thighs, and my calves increasing in pain respectively.

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