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Unexplained calf pain for 6 years...

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 27, 2010
  • 11:49 PM

I have calf pain in my left calf for 6 years now. I have had an ultrasound to rule out deep vein thrombosis, but my doc dropped the ball after that and only said it came back negative and gave me no referrals. But its definitely SOMETHING.

I dont have the pain all the time, but quite regularly and getting more and more constant.
When I lay down flat at night on the bed and sleep on my stomach (with leg perfectly straightened all night), the pain will have subsided by morning. If I stand up or walk around alot in one day versus sitting , the pain subsides.

It is almost always brought on by sitting or bending my knee. Even sitting on the sofa or recliner with legs straight out when i have to sit doesnt help. Seems odd that when my upperbody is straight along with legs straight at night I get relief after a while, but only then. Heatpacks also seem to help.

I also notice when im driving, the pain bothers me enough that I am unsubconsciously pressing the calf against the seat as I drive. Pressure with my hand on the spot thats throbbing seems to helps also. Alot of time the pain is tolerable, but more and more its a throbbing pain that simply wont let up. The throbbing pain moves from behind the knee to the bottom of the calf from day to day.

Ive been told by orthopedic surgeon that it was a bakers cysts leakage, but he only Xrayed and physical exam. Rheumatologist told me it was that my knee joints over-extended and pressed too far back and that was applying pressure and causing the pain. ( only physical exam) The latest my primary sent me for an ultrasound for DVT that came back negative. A PA friend suggested it might be related to my sciatica?

PLEASE HELP!! 6 years of throbbing calf is 6 years too long.

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  • I have calf pain in my left calf for 6 years now. I have had an ultrasound to rule out deep vein thrombosis, but my doc dropped the ball after that and only said it came back negative and gave me no referrals. But its definitely SOMETHING.I dont have the pain all the time, but quite regularly and getting more and more constant.When I lay down flat at night on the bed and sleep on my stomach (with leg perfectly straightened all night), the pain will have subsided by morning. If I stand up or walk around alot in one day versus sitting , the pain subsides.It is almost always brought on by sitting or bending my knee. Even sitting on the sofa or recliner with legs straight out when i have to sit doesnt help. Seems odd that when my upperbody is straight along with legs straight at night I get relief after a while, but only then. Heatpacks also seem to help.I also notice when im driving, the pain bothers me enough that I am unsubconsciously pressing the calf against the seat as I drive. Pressure with my hand on the spot thats throbbing seems to helps also. Alot of time the pain is tolerable, but more and more its a throbbing pain that simply wont let up. The throbbing pain moves from behind the knee to the bottom of the calf from day to day.Ive been told by orthopedic surgeon that it was a bakers cysts leakage, but he only Xrayed and physical exam. Rheumatologist told me it was that my knee joints over-extended and pressed too far back and that was applying pressure and causing the pain. ( only physical exam) The latest my primary sent me for an ultrasound for DVT that came back negative. A PA friend suggested it might be related to my sciatica?PLEASE HELP!! 6 years of throbbing calf is 6 years too long.Try msm and or serrapeptase. Google Serrapeptase and Dr Hans Neiper. It disolfes anything that is dead that may be causing pain. MSM you have to work up to what works for you. My wifes back of many years stopped when we reached 6 1000 mg capsules three times a day. Hope this helps.
    idaridgrner 1 Replies
    • September 28, 2010
    • 09:51 PM
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  • Hey after reading the thread seems like you are still not sure about the cause, had a few questions like is the pain mild and in the middle of the calf or is it near the heel. If it’s in the middle of the calf there are chances of you straining the Soleus muscles, if near the heel there is possibility of Achilles tendon rupture. A solution to this problem can be a massage on regular basis, one good way to do it would be a foot massager. Recently going through some what same problems, I came across OSIM uSqueez, a foot massager that proved to be a great help for me to alleviate calf pain. It has inbuilt foot rollers and squeezing massagers to deliver massage to your calves, ankles and feet. The warm air technology relieves strain on muscles and the turbo vibration massage that stimulates acupressure points to improve blood circulation. This would be a good way for you to get rid of calf pain, but you also need to avoid activities while would aggravate the pain.
    brendon_ashmore 4 Replies
    • January 28, 2011
    • 09:56 AM
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