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"Severe calf pain for months, non injury. What could be the cause?"

ZocdocAnswersSevere calf pain for months, non injury. What could be the cause?


Pain only in right calf , all day severe and tingles , for months


That is a great question and one that is best answered by your primary care doctor or other medical care professional. Unfortunately, your history is very limited and so it is difficult to know exactly what might be the cause for your severe calf pain which has been going on for months. For this reason, I will discuss general causes of calf pain so that you are more knowledgeable when you discuss this with your primary care doctor. Calf pain or leg pain can be caused by a multitude of reasons including deep venous thrombosis, or blood clots in the veins of the legs. This is usually from not moving the legs for some time or if you have various inflammatory conditions such as cancer. This can sometimes be associated with swelling in the affected leg and redness. Another cause for severe acute leg pain could be an embolism within the arteries supplying the leg. This is very acute usually and not exactly what you have described. Other causes could be lumbar radicular pain when nerves exiting the lumbar spine are pinched, they can sometimes cause pain in various parts of the leg. There are other reasons that are outside the scope of this discussion, but can be discussed with your primary care doctor.

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