Winter 2007 - worked excessively long hours in the cold (14 - 15 hrs per day) in sub zero temperatures.
At the end of some longer days right calf muscle when flexed appeared not-flexed - left calf worked normally.
Mornings felt stiffness and soreness in the calf every morning, regardless whether worked previous day.
One week vacation in May, lots of rest, mild soreness in calves persisted. Guess of diagnoses was ankle tendinitis, sought no medical treatment. Thought it would work itself out through summer but it didn`t.
Even after long hours subsided in October 2008, calves still sore in morning. Played soccer every Monday for several weeks, physically fit, when active calves were fine except in mornings.
Monday: played soccer, saw chiropractor for first time to possible help with persistent pain from winter 07 - he made some adjustments.
Tuesday: worked out legs - no problems, nothing out of the ordinary.
Wednesday: visited chiropractor for second time, made adjustments - applied electric pulses to right calf to induce contraction , left on for 20-30 mins.
Thursday: calf feeling fine.
Friday: calf feeling a little off.
Saturday: calf feeling a little more off (enough to consult with a doctor) Doctor says most likely torn muscle, orders ultrasound.
Sunday: condition worsens, limping slightly -went skating.
Monday: no better than Sunday. Went in for ultrasound
Tuesday: Bedrest, required use of crutches. Slight swelling
Wednesday: Bedrest for morning. Visited dr & hospital both diagnosed sprain although there was no known cause. prescribed anti-inflammatory medication for pain. Didn`t take anti-inflammatorys. Rested all weekend.
Monday: Leg swells 2 & a half cm`s above normal.