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Calf Muscle Cramping - Unable to run / climb hills

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  • Posted By: VirtualRichard
  • January 13, 2009
  • 02:42 AM

If I try and walk quickly, run or climb steep hills I get immediate and strengthening cramping in my calf muscles (like strong lactic acid build-up). This is accompanied by string stiffening of tendon in my ankles until I quickly reach the point where I have to rest.

I am in discomfort 24hrs a day. I also have painful, stiff ankle joints, sore lower back (L6).

To add to this, I have incredibly sore feet to the point where the end of the day brings terrible pain in the soles of my feet. I cannot stand for too long (e.g. bus stops), so even if I don't run etc. and don't get calf muscle cramping, I will get terrible foot pain from walking.

Can't win in other words.

I have had the following tests, all with negative or normal results:

Angiogram for intermittent claudication
Ultrasound for blood flow in legs
EEG for neurological functioning
ECG for heart (twice)
CT Scan for head / brain
MRI Scan for full spine
Magnesium levels blood test
HIV / STD all clear
Lots of blood tests I don't know the details for but can say they are the standard set of tests vascular would carry out

I have had Physiotherapy, Myofacial, Chiropathy, Osteopathy treatments and none have worked.

I am taking magnesium supplements (100% daily) to try that approach with no results so far.

I hope someone can suggest something as not being able to exercise is badly affecting my health.



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