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Calf pain - very localized and severe

Posted In: Muscle conditions 4 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 10, 2007
  • 07:42 AM

Hi Everyone,

I have this horrible pain in my left calf that feels like a sharp stabbing/cramping/vise grip-like torture and there doesn't seem to be a pattern for its occurrence. Sometimes it comes when I'm standing pretty still in one place (cooking, washing dishes), other times when I'm walking, and still other times when I'm sitting. I get temporary relief from stretching that leg, but maybe for just 2 or 3 minutes, then it comes back. The thing that I can't figure out is that I now have a skin indentation on the very spot that hurts, and it seems to be slowly getting more noticeably indented. I just recently discovered that if I push into my calf hard enough right into the area just next to the indentation, I also get temporary pain relief. The other strange thing is that it's not constant but it can take definitely happen for the majority of the day with a little break here and there. I also have spondylolisthesis of the L5-S1 region with a probable nerve impingement there that causes leg pain and numbness on the same side as the calf pain. AND I also have a flat foot on the same side which is severely pronated. I've had this leg/calf pain for the last 2 - 3 years and always thought it was because of the nerve impingement. Now, I'm wondering if the calf pain is due to something else because my Dr. prescribed me Lyrica (for nerve pain) and all the other leg pain and numbness was substantially decreased and/or gone -- except for the calf pain which stayed exactly the same. Does anyone have any ideas what this calf pain/indentation could be? I'm 37 years old and weigh about 125 so I don't think age and weight have anything to do with it :). Thanks!


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  • have you tried an orthotic for your pronated foot, feet problems can somtimes refer pain higher up your leg.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 11, 2007
    • 03:02 PM
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  • I do have an orthotic from about 10 years ago and it's in my athletic shoes which, of course, I rarely wear. I'm actually in the process of getting a podiatrist referral to go through my insurance so I can make an appointment. When I first got the orthotic, I had no idea how important it was to use it at all times. I just figured it didn't really make my ankle feel better (which was why I went to the podiatrist in the first place) when I wore it so it must not be too important. Dumb, dumb, dumb! Now I'm thinking, as you mentioned, that this flat foot might be the cause of all my leg problems. Thanks for the reply!Karen
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 12, 2007
    • 06:18 AM
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  • I AM NOT A DOCTOR: I RECOMMEND YOU SEE ONEThat disclaimer out of the way, it sounds to me like it could be a damaged or torn muscle or tendon.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 19, 2007
    • 03:46 AM
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  • Hi Karen, Did you ever figure out the cause? My husband has a similar sharp stabbing pain in the same area for 3 months now, comes and goes. Wondering if you found a solution...BG, Jax,FL
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • August 20, 2015
    • 08:31 PM
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