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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 13, 2007
  • 01:43 AM

Hi, I'm 20 years old and have had pain in my right calf for about five or six years.
It's not constant and used to only occur after exercise or cutting off blood flow to the leg (sitting with legs crossed, crouching down, etc.) but recently it's started to hurt more frequently and the pain is a lot worse. It's just a small area or pain, but sometimes when it gets bad enough, the pain is referred down my calf.
There is an area of indentation in the muscle when I flex it as well. There is no bruising, tingling, or numbness, but it does occasionally hurt bad enough that I collapse. It's sort of an intense ache, not exactly like a charlie horse, and it pulsates.
I've taken every kind of OTC painkiller there is, plus lortab and vicodin for it, and the only thing that helps is aspirin, which leads me to believe that it may be vascular (I had HS purpura, which is, I believe, a vascular problem, when I was three. I don't know if this makes other vascular problems more likely).
Through all the research I've done, an aneurysm seems to be the most likely culprit, but I've had an ultrasound and an MRI, and both came back completely normal.
Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks very much.

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  • I had similar symptoms this year... has the doctor tested for compartment syndrome? Just a suggestion...
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
    • 06:57 PM
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  • No, he hasn't-- he's never really told me what he thinks could be wrong, apart from a cyst (which isn't there). I'll have to look into that. Thanks.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
    • 11:31 PM
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