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Calf Swollen, no pain, blood clot?

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Calf Swollen, no pain, blood clot?

Postby Hikaru » Sat Oct 03, 2009 2:22 am

Recently I've been getting more exercise than usual. I don't usually get any, but school has stairs, and all classes are in different buildings, so it's up and down daily. After a few days my legs no longer hurt anymore, and I got used to it...

But now, a week later, my left calf is swollen. Not completely, but the bump that sticks out in the inner leg, is bigger than the other one. Like someone pumped that part full of air, or taped an egg to my leg. It sticks out, and it's...like a half of an oval, all bouncy......
There's no pain though, and it's not red.

What the heck is this?
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Re: Calf Swollen, no pain, blood clot?

Postby hypotoo » Sun Oct 04, 2009 3:18 am

Go to Gray's anatomy and look up the normal anatomy, then describe where the bump is. A little anatomy and physiology might help you understand your problem.

your description of the location of this 'bump" is unclear to me.
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Re: Calf Swollen, no pain, blood clot?

Postby Hikaru » Sun Oct 04, 2009 4:27 pm

Medial Gastrocnemius.
And I mean it's larger than the other.
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Re: Calf Swollen, no pain, blood clot?

Postby hypotoo » Sun Oct 04, 2009 4:35 pm

OK, good.

First, theirs no law that says that the opposite muscle must be exactly the same size and shape... sometimes they're different.

Second, the most common cause of swelling in that muscle is overuse, or strain.

With no pain, and no redness, you're basically describing a non starter. Nothing to investigate. Try some ice and elevation. Should return to normal in a week or two.

If you were having pain, redness, or a fever it might be worth looking into.

If it bugs you see your doctor.
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