Running & lower leg pains?

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  1. EBK

    EBK Hate hippies & hadjis

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    I haven't run since i was in the Army (Sept '07). So recently I've been doing 1.5-2m runs to get started again. But after about 3/4 of a mile I get these really, really bad pains indicated on the picture below

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    The muscle(s) tighten to a point where I can't even run. is this because of improper stretching?
     
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    Any help?
     
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    no bro, those are extremists. i dont wanna derail your thread.

    it might be overuse or a "too much too soon" type of thing

    thanks for your service, btw
     
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    Shins and calves are pretty much the one place you can expect it to hurt if you dont stretch or warm up enough or if you try to increase mileage too fast. Just make sure you warmup then stretch your calfs every time you run and try not to increase your distance more than around 10% a week. Since you just started running again its pretty normal that they'd be sore so only you know how hard you can push it.
     
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    is the pain on the anterior of the leg? It occurs in the muscle not in the bone? It feels like a cramping pain in your leg and you have to stop running and it goes away after a little while? If so, you have compartment syndrome. I just got surgery for it today, ftl.
     
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    Fuck. I'd rather off myself than get surgery at the VA hospital
    Fucking shit

    This is almost exactly what I experience

    But it's not my whole leg, nor the whole calve muscle. it's just the lower region (in both both rear legs) that tightens up.. is that bad stretching or CCS? :hs:

    wikipedia >> ccs >> symptoms say it requires immediate treatment -- should i stretch for a long period and see if my muscles tighten less??
     
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    Probably have to make that call for yourself if you think there's actually something wrong.
     
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    safest thing to do is go to a doctor and get tested for compartment syndrome. What they do is put a catheter in both legs with a little wire that has a pressure gauge on it. They test the pressure pre-workout. You run on a treadmill until you can't run anymore (I only lasted about 12 min before my legs were killing me). You go back into the office and they test the pressure again. If its above 120 and stays that high for a few minutes, you most likely have compartment syndrome. My resting pressure in both legs was 11psi (i think thats what they measure it in). After workout my right leg was 189 and it only dropped to 130 after 6 minutes of rest (supposed to be under 30psi after 6 minutes according to the doc. My left leg stayed at 160 and did not move after 6 minutes.
     
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    and how did the operating procedure go? local anesthesia or did they knock you out? tell me about pre and post-op please!
     
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    surgery went pretty well took about 45 min. they knocked my ass out I don't remember a thing but waking up in the recovery room. they got me on vicodin and the pain isnt too bad. I can walk around but im just using crutches as an aid.
     
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    shin splints
     
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    you have proper shoes correct?
     
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    What?
     
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    Used to running in a Boot and are now running in a shoe?
     
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    Those are usually on the front.

    I agree that's it's probably over use if you just started again. I get the same thing if I train too much too quick. For me I usually just take a couple days off and stretch a lot. I even keep a softball under my desk so I can stretch while I'm sitting.
     
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    i spoke to a RN girl i know and she says it's probably not CCS because of the fact it goes away and doesn't leave me completely incapacitated
     
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    Could be a lot of things, look up a proper running shoe store like a fleetfeet and have them tape you running and tell you what shoes to buy. This fixed my shin splints almost completely.
     
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    I get the same thing on the left side of my leg after running for more than 1/2 mile. It's annoying but I can usually just ignore it.
     
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