Week 2 let me describe my pain

Hi all I am in my second week and still struggling with pain in calf.

I know I should probably ring my doctor but the minute I say I have calf pain I presume he will have to do something.  From reading your comments some people say they had a lot of pain in the first 2 weeks.

so let me describe my pain

i have a really sore calf to touch or to rest on pillow whe.n elevating, have to turn leg to side.

When I get up using  crutches and sit in toilet it starts to get really intense in my calf and lower down when I get back in bed it takes Bout 15 mins for the intense pain to stop and can sometimes radiate up into my thigh.  The pain really is bad at that point.  Could this be a cramp?

So anyone have the same pain as me????

Would love to hear what other people where feeling at week 2

thanks

5 Comments »

  1. chris89 Said,

    August 14, 2014 @ 8:19 am

    I was a rare case, not only did my achilles rupture, but part of my calf was torn also. Bottom line I felt little to no pain after day 2 since I elevated my foot and didn’t move around all day, but I did have problems when I didn’t elevate my foot, the blood would rush to the leg and tighten the cast and that would bring me immense pain. Beside the elevation problem I was good for the most part, and I did sleep with my leg on the sides since I didn’t like the calf touching anything. You should call your doctor asap, better safe than sorry.

  2. davidk Said,

    August 14, 2014 @ 1:09 pm

    Blondie, I think it’s entirely within the range of normal to have some/modest calf pain in week 2 ATR post-op. I know I was still on pain meds at that point myself–are you still? Further, I was still elevating my leg nearly constantly at that stage and whenever I put my foot down (for example, to get up and go to the bathroom) I experienced blood/fluid rushing down my leg along with concomitant pain. With all that being said, only you can judge if your particular pain is just part of the normal healing process or something else–when in doubt, call your doctor and ask. Don’t assume that your OS will want to do something; they may just dispel your fears by telling you your situation is normal and/or advise you to take some/more pain meds. Good luck! -David

  3. dcoughlan Said,

    August 14, 2014 @ 2:35 pm

    Hi Blondie,

    You are right in that if you tell your doctor you have a cramping pain in the calf he will likely want to check for potential clotting in the calf — sounds like you’re using a walker, too, which has been associated with an increased risk of clotting (although it looks like you were already experiencing the calf pain prior?) As such, may not be a bad idea to get some professional input here — a simple blood test can clear this all up.

    I felt enough of a pain in my calf about ~1.5 weeks post-rupture that I went in and had a blood test done — everything came back normal and the pain eventually subsided, so it’s possible that you’re feeling the same and everything is fine!

  4. goldman Said,

    August 14, 2014 @ 11:39 pm

    Hi Blondie, I am sure you are correct presuming that as soon as you report, “calf pain,” your health care system / doctor will want to whisk you straight away into the office to examine the situation. And I completely and totally resonate with and sense your reluctance for making that call. I too dreaded calling the doctor when I was suffering from calf pain 4 weeks after surgery. It did turn out to be a bit of a panic as they rushed me into hospital — I am in the U.S.A — to have an ultrasound test. AND it did turn out that I had a blood clot, which at the time was a big fat bummer. BUT the good news is that to treat the dangerous clot they prescribed this magic drug called Xarelto which I took for a couple of months. Zero side effects for me. 100% cure. So while at the time the situation felt horrible (you can read my story at achillesblog.com/goldman/2014/05/05/welcome-to-the-clot-club-part-2-xarelto-no-bust-and-thankfuly-no-slip-ups/), the end result was semi-miraculous. Your calf pain may be totally different and not clot related at all, but why risk it — especially when the anti-clotting drugs can be so successful. So as the other commenters did, I too encourage you to make that call. One piece of advice is to make it first thing in the morning on a weekday. At least that’s what I should have done here, because once I made the call in the afternoon, it pretty much guaranteed me the evening in the emergency room, which for where I live was pretty unpleasant. Good luck!!

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