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Subject: CHRONIC CALF spasm/strain injury
I have an undiagnosable, mysterious, extremely debilitating calf injury and I am looking for others who have experienced the same.
I have had issues with my calf for the last 7 months and have been unable to run at all for that time period. It began with pain near my achilles in my tibialis posterior (on inside of ankle). Then, on a really easy run, my calf "cramped" or "spasmed" in the deep part of my calf just under the medial head of my gastronemius. I was in a lot of pain and was unable to walk for about 1 week. Since then (that was in December), I have made multiple, unsuccessful attempts to return to running, all ending with a similar "cramp" experience and reduced ability to walk normally.
I have seen multiple doctors, physical therapists, and massage therapists, been on anti-inflammatories, been in a orthopaedic boot, had a cortisone shot, and tried all kinds of modalities and strengthening exercises. Nothing has really worked; the cortisone shot allowed me to return to walking after a cramp episode, but I am still not close to returning to running at all.
I have read similar testimonials on the web (runner's world forum, running times forum, etc.), but there seems to be no success stories out there for this weird injury. I have had other calf injuries, including a pretty serious soleus strain, that I have returned from successfully.
Has anyone else experienced this, or have advice? thanks...
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