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Severe leg pain long after a leg cramp

07/25/2003

Question:

I know that there have been numerous questions referring to leg cramps but my cramps are rare(specifically in my calves)but when I do get a leg cramp it typically strains the muscle so bad that I have trouble walking on it for days (the cramp ALWAYS happens during my sleep and wakes me up). Recently, however, I have not had any cramps but my calf muscle is feeling as if I did. I drink PLENTY of water, I take a daily multivitamin, I stretch daily (regardless of whether I exercise), and I eat reasonably. The feeling of a pulled leg muscle still has not subsided. Is this a common problem or could I have strained the muscle so badly that it is not "healing" properly? Is it possibel that I had a leg cramp at night that I did not wake up to? I try several stretches and have been hurting so badly that I have someone rub an "icy hot" type substance on it and massage it to alleviate the pain. Is there anything else I should do to help this or do you think that I should see a doctor?

Answer:

Since you have been following the guidelines to lessen the occurrence of leg cramps, I would recommend discussing your situation with your personal physician. Are you able to associate the timing of muscle soreness with certain activities performed?

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Response by:

Carolyn   Nickol, RD, MEd Carolyn Nickol, RD, MEd
Director
Fitness Center at CARE\Crawley
University of Cincinnati