Right calf muscle stiffness and pain.

Answered on November 26, 2013
Created November 24, 2013 at 1:43 PM

I've been sedentary for a few months now and am now just jumping back onto the paleo bandwagon. I'm noting that just in case it has anything to do with this.

Anyway I started working out again last week, doing a Gorilla Workout on Monday (3 sets of 8 squats, 4 lungles, 10 modified pushups), Tuesday walking for 45 minutes and again Sunday (15 supermans, 15 deadbugs). After my first workout, there was a pain in my right calf muscle. I was expecting it anyway since I haven't moved at all in like 3 months and thought nothing of it since all my other body parts were sore. But the pain in my calf never went away. Right now I'm your normal just worked out a little bit sore in my muscles in my arms and such, nothing at all out of the norm but my right calf muscle is so sore and tight it's hard to walk. This has happened to me before, and on top of that, the right calf muscle would always get a Charlie horse first thing in the morning when I woke up after lifting.

At first I thought I should stretch more, but I am. I'm even attempting to flex the muscle and massage it and it's still sore constantly. I'm not sure what could be causing this.

Let me give you stats:

33, female, 245lbs, 90% paleo.


  • Magnesium
  • Multivitamin
  • Potassium Gluconate

My diet consists of some of the following things (we're pretty constant in what we get from the store):

  • Breakfast: eggs, bacon, coffee (2 cups a day) followed by water or tea throughout
  • Lunch: salad (lettuce, carrots, cabbage, egg, bacon, olive oil), baked chicken breast, or beef stew/roast (celery, carrots, onions, potatoes, mushrooms)
  • Dinner: beef stew/ (celery, carrots, onions, potatoes, mushrooms), a roast of some kind with custard or mixed greens, chicken breast with veggies, half a paleo pizza w/ salad, pork chops, or steak.

i used to be iron deficient way before my paleo days, I don't know if that has anything to do with it, in which case I'm willing to take iron pills again. I don't know where else to go with this, and Advil/Tylenol isn't working. Any ideas?



on November 24, 2013
at 02:04 PM

It sounds like you simply overtrained. Rookie mistake. These are some good stretching tips.

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on November 26, 2013
at 11:43 AM

A calf muscle pain is the most common cause of acute onset calf pain. Usually this injury occurs during a sports or exercise activity. Common symptoms of a calf pain include pain, swelling, and bruising.


on November 25, 2013
at 07:05 AM

Stiffness often occurs after working out. Sleep, eat when hungry, wait for recovery to do it's thing.

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