When I was in my late 20s, I began working out and running. Within 6 months, I ran a half marathon, and never had any trouble until this point. About 2 months after the half marathon, I would only run 4-5 miles 4 times per week and my calf muscles would cramp up so much that I had to stop mid run to stretch. This went on/off for a few weeks till I got "shin splints" (dull constant pain on inside lower part of legs). My left was worse than my right and I would wake at night with calf cramps and the dull burn on my inside shins. The periosteum on my left tibia appeared to have separated from my tibia and I have what they said was scar tissue (a lump on inside of my left shin). Then my left ankle began to swell after exercise or at end of workday and had to be elevated. It progressed till I could no longer exercise in any way. I went to an ortho who did an X-ray and saw no stress fracture. He sent me to physical therapy. Well, after 2 different 6 week rounds of physical therapy, I was told my problem was only tight calves and to stretch. Since none of the symptoms got better, my primary care doctor has done the following tests: echocardiogram, abdominal ultrasound, vein study and a muscle test of my calves. No results were yielded and my doctor told me he had no further ideas. I've not exercised or run in since 2009 and began slowly 1 year ago. I've changed shoes, do yoga and stretching religiously and nothing works. When I even do the elliptical now, my left leg, where the missing tissue should be feels like it will snap and my inner shin throbs about 24 hours after any minimal exercise. My ankle also continues to swell on/off. I'm so frustrated and desperate for answers. I'm only 33 and never had these problems. Its been almost 4 years of these symptoms with no answers. I thought about requesting an MRI on my leg to look at the soft tissue. Any advice would be helpful.Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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