Severe Calf pain

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   Posted 7/30/2012 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been having severe left calf pain that I thought I might have a blood clot in my leg. I went to the doctor to have it checked out and had a blood test done. It was not a blood clot. However, it feels like I may have pulled a muscle but I really don't do anything to pull muscles. So I am wondering if it could be fibro related. Our weather has been unstable and I have been feeling it more lately. The pain is so bad that it hurts to walk. It is a deep pain. They are telling me it is a muscle pull and seemed indifferent when I mentioned I had fibro. ?
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   Posted 7/30/2012 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you sit or stand or walk in a waythat might be causing this?

I love to sit indian-style. I always have. Or with my feet tucked under my rear.

I have been having ankle pain for years. Top of the ankle, the area that gets flattened out when you slip your feet under you. A week after trying to change this habit, my ankles feel better.

Just a thought.
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   Posted 7/30/2012 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to get severe foot cramps until I added more calcium to my diet.  Once I did that, the cramping went away.  Also magnesium and potassium are good to help prevent cramping.  If you are already taking calcium or getting  plenty in your diet and if you are taking magnesium, then it probably is cramping from some sort of strain.  Use ice or moist heat...whichever works best for you....and massage the calf and see if that helps you some.
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   Posted 7/30/2012 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Since it's only in one leg and just in the calf region...then it seems more likely that it is a pulled/strained muscle.

Many people don't realize what we can do in our sleep and at times can totally jerk, stretch, and strain our arms, legs, neck through the night.

As well as sometimes during the day you can do something that at the time doesn't seem to hurt or strain your leg but then a day or two later it shows up.

The great news is that you do not have a blood clot which that is always the first thing someone should get checked out if they have severe and sudden calf pain.

And could be a regular fibro nerve pain that is just sending a stronger signal to that area of the left leg.

Whatever it is...since there wasn't any type of accident or fall down the stairs or actual torn ligament/tendon there doesn't seem to be any reason to worry and hope it just calms down in a few weeks.

Just take it easy for the next few weeks with walking a bit more slowly but staying mobile as well as others have mentioned...adding more magnesium and potassium if you don't take this supplement for a few weeks can absolutely help with cramping.

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   Posted 7/30/2012 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all for your post. I am grateful that it is not a blood clot and just a pulled muscle that is causing me a alot of pain. I am Thankful for that. I do take calcuim and magneisum so I wonder if I didn't do something in my sleep since I restless leg syndrome. It is something I am really thinking could be the cause. Thanks again.

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   Posted 7/30/2012 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the same thing happen about 3 years ago, thought for sure it was a blood
clot. Had it checked out and the doc said it wasn't. I had the pain for about two months
and then it went away.
For the first 3 years of fibro I would get anxious and stress about every new symptom.
Now I try to relax and take deep breaths when some new symptom comes along.
It's hard making myself go to the doctor because like I said for the first 3 years I
was always running to the doc.
I've been in a fog for the last week so not sure this is making sense.
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