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   Posted 8/16/2012 2:05 AM (GMT -7)   
This may sound very bizarre but I constantly have a very dull pain in my legs, more specifically my Anterior Tibialis muscle. I know it sounds like a shin splint but it's not a severe pain. Very dull like its in the deepest muscle. This has been going on for about a year now. To relieve the pain, I started off my massaging it, but it wasn't enough because it was so deep. Then I would have someone use their elbows and massage with great forced on that muscle, up and down next to the shin. The pain has not subsided, just has gotten more annoying. Then I got to the point where I would punch the muscle and even kick it with my opposite heel very hard. Now I use a hammer and hit it very hard and it feels sooooo good when I do all this. Like it feels amazing!! People think I'm weird when I do this and I don't blame them. One thing that may help someone figure this out is that all my life (I'm just 22) I've been walking on my tip toes, constantly over using that anterior tibial is muscle. No sure if that has anything to do with it. Anyone know what this could be? Please help. I'm seriously desperate. I may set up a doctors appt but I don't want them to think I'm crazy or have them give me a bunch of meds.

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   Posted 8/16/2012 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Bryan, and welcome!  I have a friend whose three grandchildren all walk on their toes.  It could very well be why you are having this problem.  But, I highly suggest you not use a hammer.  You could not only break your bone but also damage blood vessels as well as muscles.  You definitely don't want to do that.
I would suggest that you have your doctor check out your vitamin levels.  You might be deficient in some.  Many are deficient in vitamin D and that can cause some pain.  I know I used to get really bad leg cramps but once I started taking calcium they went away. 
You could go see an orthopedic specialist or even a sports doctor and they might totally understand what is going on with  you, too, but please stop using that hammer.  You could live to regret that.  I do know how frustrating it is to have pain you can't take care of.  I have a chronic pain condition called fibromyalgia.  But I just bet you can find out the cause of this and take care of it.  I also bet that sounds nice, huh? 
Please let us know what you find out.  We really do care about you.
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   Posted 8/16/2012 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Most people who walk on their tip-toes constantly are either dancers or basketball players, this is to strengthen the muscle for jumping, and they are taught to stretch it regularly in order to remove the acidic build up that occurs when you break down a muscle with exercise. Did you regularly stretch on a daily basis? If not the acidic build up can actually become a perpetual problem, similar to gout. It can break down muscle fiber, break down tendons, and even mess with the bone a bit.

My suggestion, besides seeing a doctor, and having any diagnostic testing that they recommend, is to wrap a towel around the ball of your foot, and slowly pull the muscle into a good stretch and hold it to the count of 30, do this 20Xs, 3Xs per day, and see if it helps after two weeks. Acidic build up would explain why you get relief from smacking it with a hammer (you really need to stop doing that before you really damage the muscles).

I would also recommend adding tonic water with quinine, and some bananas and avocados to your diet.

You should really get to a doctor as soon as possible to make sure its not a more serious problem, deep vein thrombosis, and other conditions can cause similar pain in the beginning stages, so dont just blow it off like its nothing, you need to be checked out by a doctor, make an appointment today. Too many people our age blow things off and end up in the ER.

I hope you find some answers and some relief from this, take care and see a doctor, you're not Superman lol.
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   Posted 8/16/2012 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
        Good morning Bryan!.....and Welcome to our Chronic Pain forum!
    As I read your post...I thought you have to be kidding me!...but then I see where you walk on your tip toes..and that would make some sense as to the possible cause of pain in your leg. Of course!...get to a Dr!...and it is not wise to be hitting your leg hard with a hammer.
   I'm not sure why you walk on your tip toes,..but it may be that you need a specialist to help you to learn to walk properly.
   There is really not enough information here...and of course we cannot diagnose a cause. It will just be a guessing game...so get in and have it checked out. You also may need a muscle relaxer to help relieve some of the symptoms as well.
  Take care, and good luck! Again!...thanks for stopping by and enjoy the forum!
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   Posted 8/16/2012 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with the posters above. I have a similar problem in my hamstrings and calves so that I can't straighten my legs much of the time. A rolling pin or a foam roller and stretching helps a lot.

I stretch that might be useful for you is standing on the edge of a stair with your heels hanging off. Or one of these: http://www.electro-medical.com/pro-stretch-calf-stretcher-single-047171/stretching-equipment/?source=gsEM&gclid=CNXYrPW97LECFSdgMgodxA8AEQ
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   Posted 8/16/2012 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
         Thanks Tortoise11! ...I went ahead and made the link hot here for ease of use for our members. I so appreciate your reply here! Again,... Thank You! wink   Sherrine, Dale, and Mat..Thank You too!..this post was certainlly odd, but you all came up with some great and compassionate advice.
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Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 8/16/2012 12:29:12 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/16/2012 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Bryan, I don't really have any thing more to offer you than the others that have posted but wanted to "Welcome to the Chronic Pain Forum" I can't even begin to imagine what made you think a Hammer would be the answer to your problem in the first place. But, Being someone with Chronic Pain myself I can totally understand the need to try and find relief.

Do yourself a favor and do two things. First, Get rid of the hammer, and Secondly, Get in to see a Doctor.

Come back and tell us what you found out and how you are doing.
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   Posted 8/18/2012 1:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys. Your answers were very helpful. I'll prob make an appt. to have i. Then I will let you guys know!!!
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