Hi everyone, I have had what seems to be permanent tightness in both calves (although one is usually tighter than the other, but that alternates between legs). Combined with my hyper-reflexia, I assume this is spasticity.
I have tried extra stretching and have had calf-focused massages about 35 times in the last 7 months with no relief. I was actually on Baclofen (only 20 mg at night) when the tightness was noted last July but have since gone off of it because there are no spasms and the only way it could help the tightness (so I was told) was if I took larger doses more than once a day and that is not possible while I am working/driving. I have also recently purchased an incline board from my physiatrist's rehab clinic and have it set to stretch the crap out of my calves a couple of times a day too.
I have decided to stop the frequency of my massages because the number of medical appointments that I have is wreaking havoc on my work day commitments and the tightness is always present to the point that the massage therapist actually notices the muscles almost pushing her fingers off despite her putting her full weight behind them (although she is a tiny young lady LOL) . I am crossing my fingers that the tightness won't get worse but am wondering if there is anything that I should be looking out for that may show the tightness is increasing. Since I rarely notice the tightness that I do have now, I am concerned that it may get worse without me being aware of it.
I also had a last ditch attempt of drinking Gatorade once a day to see if maybe I had an electrolyte imbalance, but as far as Hail Mary's go, it was a dud.
I am open to any suggestions to help with the tightness and/or what I should look out for with respect to worsening tightness (or maybe it isn't possible to worsen?). Sigh. Too much in my brain today. Thanks folks!