Help!! Abroad and have calf pain, twitches/spasms in legs

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I recently took a long plane trip(2 hour flight followed by 8 hour flight) and am experiencing pain and odd sensations in my legs. During the plane ride, it was difficult to sit still because of pain in my lower back. Upon arriving, I did a good amount of walking the first day of my trip and woke up with sore legs the next morning. It has been four days(walking about 15,000 steps a day) and I still have pain in my calves(feels like they're about to cramp.) However, I only feel the pain after I stand up from sitting or laying down. It usually goes away after I've been walking for a bit. About two nights ago, the muscles in my legs began twitching frequently whenever I sit or lay down. My legs do not appear to be swollen or discolored.

I'm not sure if I'm experiencing these symptoms from all of the walking combined with a sore back from the plane ride. Do these symptoms seem like something I need to visit the doctor about. I am abroad in Italy so I would like to avoid going if it's not necessary. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Posted

    I'm not medically qualified, but have back problems, and if I walk much I have the same thing, in my case its in the muscles, twitching and stiffness, its lack of exercise with me.

    I don't have it sitting or lying down either.

  • Posted

    I had a similar problem on a trip to Amsterdam from New York.Lots of walking but the pain decreased and eventually went away after a couple of days.Good Luck!

  • Posted

    I you are not used to this amount of walking or climbing uphill, and especially after the long plane flight it might be to be expected especially if you have some little nerve impingement in the back...which you can have without realising...and sitting too long makes you notice the symptoms more. If you feel better when you get going then that is a good sign, I'm sure. Best to pace yourself now...drop back on the number of steps maybe and build it up gradually if possible. If you are in the Cinque Terre(?) the unavoidable climbing up steps are "something else"! Only way to avoid was the coastal train as I remember!

  • Posted

    Hi,I am just wondering if you ever got to the bottom of this ?.

    I am having basically the exact same symptoms at the moment.


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