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Trying to figure this out.

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  • Posted By: treidenbaugh
  • May 4, 2011
  • 06:30 AM

Greetings. I'm grateful I discovered this forum and I've able to glean a lot of information in a short time. I'd like to share my symptoms to see if they resonate with anyone. In many ways they resemble paes and in others they don't.

For many years (15ish, maybe more. I am 36.) my feet have been cold despite the fact that I am warm natured. For the past 8 years I have experienced intermitant numbness in my feet and tightness in my calves when running--emphasis on intermitant. There was never a pattern or any consistancy to it. There where times when my calves would tighten when I ran (numbness could occur independently of gastrocnemius tightening) and stopping to stretch them didn't relieve the pain. Things would loosen up but it might take 45 minutes of running before this happened. In my 20s I was an on-off runner but was very active, hiking the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail; doing a cycling tour 2,400 miles in length--all without issues.

Within the past 6 months I've experienced some idiopathic anterior tibialis cramping that may occur everytime I run for a week and than disappear. The cramping was pretty intense...muscle bulging against it's fascial sheaths...like what I'd imagine compartment syndrome feeling like. Six weeks ago out of the blue everything below the knee seized up and I'd have to stop running within 10 minutes--the pain was too great. One time it even started within 60 seconds of walking up a hill. Always the tightness would subside within 45 of ceasing running, a little slower if I continued to walk. Than, after 3 weeks of this happening each time I tried to run, it just stopped. Still get some numbness in the feet after 45 min of running or so and still some tightness that I would describe as minor yet noticeable and
I am able to run through it.

A few more notes. During that time period of intense cramping to present my cold feet have also shown discoloration. Also, even passive, yet maintained stretching (legs extended, sitting straight up with my back against the wall) will cause my feet to go numb. After sitting in my kayak for 40 minutes I lost all feeling below the knee.

Sorry for the length, but I believe you all can relate to my desire to understand this. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

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