Diagnosed with Baker's cyst and torn meniscus. Have had x-rays, ultrasounds and MRI. Scheduled for surgery but now have pain in calf of leg. What could cause this. Been in bed for five days with pain in knee now in calf. No swelling
If you are scheduled for surgery and have developed calf pain then first thing to be ruled out is deep vein thrombosis. Please inform your doctor immediately. You are most likely to be taken up for dopplar ultrasound.
Pain can also be felt post unaccustomed exercise due to muscle strain. A ripping pain in calf muscles can also be due to intermittent claudication. The diseased and thrombosed arteries go in spasm while walking or exercising, due to increased blood demand, there is reduced oxygen in muscles, and hence pain. Pain in the calf area can also be due to pinched spinal nerves in the lumbo-sacral area or a pinched nerve at the knee joint. A nerve conduction study should be done. A MRI of the lumbar spine should also be able to throw some light. A deep vein thrombophlebitis or intermittent claudication (spontaneous spasm and relaxation of arteries) can also cause similar symptoms. Infection of skin called cellulitis could also be a cause. It can also be infection of lymphatics.
At times it is also due to low sodium, potassium, magnesium or calcium in the body. Hence serum levels of these electrolytes should also be checked. Dehydration is another frequent cause.
Generalized weakness, increased weight, diabetic neuropathy, any peripheral neuropathy and severe anemia can all cause lower leg pains.
Please discuss with your doctor. Take care!
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