Compartment Syndrome?

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When i start gaining any kind of fitness i start suffering with terrible pain in my calves, which also includes numbness and pins and needles starting in my big toes and if i continue to exercise the numbness extends up to around mid calf. I don't do any kind of strenuous exercise and this occurs when i am just walking. Sometimes it feels like my calves will explode and they are so solid.

I was referred for the CS test but although the results were slightly elevated the consultant didn't think they were enough to suggest CS. This is affecting my life and as simple things like shopping i cant do without being in pain. When i read up about CS my symptons seem to be text book for it but if the test came back negative then i just dont know what to do.

Any help, advice and assistance would be great as i am at my wits end and im only 28 and of average height and weight.



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    Hello Laura .

    I have had similar symptoms for a while , and can empathise , I have spent a lot of time researching , the internet  and trying to explain my symtoms to different specialists ,  which have as you say a debilitating effect on your life . Can you please let me know if you have any other symptoms , for instance any other muscle pains , does it feel like its muscular or cramping ? (With myself , stretching is impossible) ,   The place to start is Google compartment syndrome , nuerotic claudication, verses claudication (blood supply ) .You could try supliments like magnesium , anyway let me know  , anyway let me know , it nice to know that you are not on your own  , take care . fweeler 

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         Hi Laura, I've suffered for years with jogging and having to stop every quarter mile because my calves would blow up and become unbarable. An doctor suggested tha I may have compartment syndrome. Turns out it was a muscle disease, metabolic myopathy. Don't let your neurologist take the easy way out. Give me a holler if you are interested. Nate.
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    Hi Laura, I used to jog on and off through out the years but would always quite do to pain. I was diagnosed with metabolic myopothy, they initially thought compartment syndrome but that didn't hold water. In the prime of my running I would run 6 miles a day but I had to stop every eigth of a mile and then walk slowly or stand and dangle each leg for 1 minute each to relieve the blow up pressure in my calf and bad pain at 10 o'clock on left front lower leg and 2 o'clock on lower front right leg. arms would blow up or sometimes even lock into position after heavy use.
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    I would also say a metabolic muscle disease as that is what research is telling my about my own symptoms which are the same as yours. I've been seeing a neurologist for nearly 18 years and still don't have an official diagnosis, but rather a list of things I DON'T have. All signs point to a metabolic muscle disorder for me. 

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