Hack my swollen left calf

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 10, 2013 at 11:03 PM

I'm in the process of finding a new insurance company... and that alone takes about 3 months before your policy starts. But as soon as I'm able to I'll get my leg checked out if it doesn't get better.

I started working out again 2 weeks ago. About a week ago I began doing lunges and squats as a part of a moderate circuit exercise.

About 4-5 days ago I suppose I began to feel a very subtle stiffness/something was off in my knee joint. But I shrugged it off as being soreness from starting a new workout routine.

I rested a day, they did the same workout circuit with better effort. et Again I noticed the stiffness and soreness, but worked through it because it wasn't too bad. Inbetween circuit days I do high resistance exercise on the elliptical.

A few days later my knee began bothering me more. I noticed increased stiffness Saturday night after standing for about an hour making dinner.

Sunday morning my knee and calf were very inflamed. I could barely bend it.

Monday morning, some of the inflamation subsided but returned toward the end of the day.

I am a female in my early 20's. There is no pain when I walk and I can put my full weight on my left leg. I don't have pits when I press against my skin. The area isn't really red or warm.. maybe just slightly. I have no chest pains and no shortness of breath. I've been inactive since Sunday morning taking care to walk minimally and prop my leg up.

I know the only way to rule out a DVT is through an xray or MRI... but I don't have insurance to cover that at the moment.

Any suggestions what else it may be? Could it just be too much wear and tear within a short period of time on that knee?

When should I begin to be concerned and seek emergency help?? Like I said, I have no pain, no other symptoms, and my toes aren't numb or tingy or cold. It just seems like a lot of fluid retention for no apparent reason... =\

Thank you for any suggestions and advice.

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on June 11, 2013
at 01:24 AM

Sounds like you simply over did it and then didn't allow for enough recovery. Lay off the exercise until your knee is feeling better.

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