Hi, I have a leg pain in the calf region usualy after running. I went to doctor, and he diagnosed me with compartment syndrome. He said that there are two types of this condition, and that I probably have a chornic one. I need to know more about compartment syndrome. Can someone tell me a few things about it?
Hi, compartment syndrome is a painful condition, that affects arms, hands, legs, feet and buttocks. It results when pressure inside the muscles goes to dangerous levels. There are nerves and blood vessels in these muscle groups, and their membrane doesn’t really expand, so the pressure can damage it. It is less damaging if you have chronic compartment syndrome, because it is not a medical emergency. It can be caused by exercise, which is the reason why you feel the pain after running. Acute compartment syndrome can lead to serious consequences like paralysis, loss of limb or death. Sometimes, it takes only several hours to develop. You have to avoid doing activities that cause pain and swelling, elevate the limb by applying ice and take aspirin or ibuprofen to reduce inflammation.
Am trying to find out of anyone has had any success with either a homeopathic remedy or acupuncture. Massage, sports or otherwise is a no no, so any help would be great.
I have never heard of Co-Codamol could you please tell me what that is and how it helps? Right now my GP has me on Gabapentin it is a pain blocker to the brain and I seem to have no side effects.
I was to a rheumotologist yesterday and he advised me of a patient that had the operation she was very similar to myself in her condition, they opened her legs to relieve the pressure, and she is in worse condition then before the operation...........this scared the heebie geebies out of me.
Aren't you all frustrated as hell? I know I am.
i was diagonised with CS again this time (im in iraq) so electing to get suregery is alittle complcated
*temperory remedies for CS *
toe and heel flex (bi-lat calf is what i had)
Pain meds (i needed percs and oxycotton cause codean didnt work for me but im a big guy)
tho this one is stupid im always told it reduce activities (tho i dont know how they think i would increase my function with this pain)
laying down (not sitting...sitting tends to cramp them more) and elevate them some maybe some ice tends to help
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I too was diagnosed with chronic compartment syndrome. I was misdiagnosed time and time again. I had my pressures tested and was told I had it, then I went for a second opinion, before surgery and that dr. told me not to have the surgery. That was my sophomore year in high school...I'm now a senior in college. I cannot run anymore, as it hurts too much. I have constant pain. I'm looking to find a doctor SOON to get another opinion. Sometime I lay awake at night because my leg hurts so bad. Anyone know of any good doctors in the midwest?? Would you recommend the surgery, any advice would help? Thanks!
but you know how before your legs swell and hurt- well now my leg is "swollen" all the time. the muscle bulges out when i walk or whatever. (i knew this b4 going into surgery) But it doesnt look bad and the pain is mostly gone. my scar healed nicely and isnt very noticeable. the pain in my leg is mostly gone, however, i do still have pain in my shin every once in a while. Would i recommend the surgery? Well, i dont know. I am still not able to run again nor can i play volley ball (but i didnt have the surgery bilaterally so my other leg is still affected) I would talk to your doctor, but ya, well i guess i would, but first, try and see if you can find a chiropractor. after i had my surgery, i found this guy that can actually "massage" the fascia to loosen it. it was too late for me to try it for the amount of time needed bc i was moving, but he said it works. And sorry, but i am military and the doctor that i had is now deployed and unless you are military also, you wouldnt be able to use him. The chiropractor's name was Dr. Townsand though. He has his own practice in Waynesville mo by FLW. You could call him and he could explain more.
but i understand your pain!!!! Hope this has helped some
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My current doctor has written off any chance of this condition getting better, and suggest I consider nerve blocks to relieve the pain. Has anyone else had the blocks done? Does it help?
I am wondering if you had more surgeries or if you did have a never block for the pain.
I have had 4 fasciotomies of the same compartment, and not the last surgery two weeks ago seems to have left me with quite a bit of nerve damage. Not sure how much nerve damage until all of the swelling is gone.
My Ortho sports medicine doctor says that it can take up to 4 releases to work.
This is my 3rd, and frankly I'm not having another one. the first two were not this bad post surgery. This post surgery is horrible. The whole top of my foot is numb and tingles and burns too.
My Ortho doctor did tell my husband we can't keep doing this. I don't understand why they can't find some way to fix this.
Mine had gotten so bad that if I got up to walk to the restroom twice I was swollen an d in pain already.
Can't sit all of my life, so I'm not sure where I go from here.
I have had Compartment Syndrome in both legs since 04 and diagnosed in 06, been living with it since. When I had the testing done the sport medicine doctor said normal pressure runs 15 at rest and 30 while running and mine was at 85!!! Put it this way, I live 0.20 miles from my work and I walk there due to no free parking. It takes me 15-20 minutes and sometimes stopping once or twice and when I get into my office I have to put my legs up. They feel like two lead weights with all the burning and stinging and I am in agony. Its worse walking home since its up hill. This problem has impacted my life, since my work involves me working out in the field, and now, I have to work indoors. I didn’t spend 7 years in school to get a BS and MS in sciences, working outdoors to now be stuck inside. The odd thing is this problem was not from a sports injury, since I don’t play sports. I am a Type I Diabetic with over 25 years with this disease and now this. My doctors have never seen a diabetic with this condition who are not athletes. Because of the Diabetes, my doctors other than the Orthopedic Surgeon, are all against having the surgery since my body does not heal correctly, which can lead to more surgeries or even complications. Since the problem impacts my work, I have applied for disability and have been denied twice! I am in a rut with this problem and have heard bad outcomes from surgery regarding CS. Does anyone else out there with this similar problem have applied for disability and have been denied? Does anyone know of a doctor that has had a high success rate regarding this surgery?
Grateful for your help.
I too have pain for life in both deep posterior calf muscles that was misdiagnosed for 13 years and I was given pain medicine which covered it up for too long because my Dr, Alan Broom Auckland NZ thought it was pain from my childhood, a mind/body thing. So he wrote on all the specialists notes that I had "Pain Disorder due to Somatization Disorder" The more I complained the more he thought I fit that diagnosis yet he kept throwing pain meds at me that COVERED UP THE CALF COMPRESSION.
I told him one day he would be proved wrong and when I moved to Australia I was diagnosed within a year, had the fasciotomy on both legs but my surgeon said later that after 13 years of extreme pressure on the calf muscles I will have pain for life. I have had this pain since age 28 but it really came on when I was 30 fulltime and the surgery at age 39. I am now 43 and can't play cricket or rugby due to constant pain controlled by Lyrica, Diazepam and Tramal. I too MISS MY LIFE! . Not many people have nor understand this disorder :(
i managed to ride horses again between september and january, but always in discomfort due to the locaion of the scar pressing on the stirrup leathers.
Early in 2010 the pain started to return, although i'm not doing any more activity than i have been, in fact probably less. i am currently taking Morphine 3 times a day, amitriptyline at night and naproxen, i am still in pain, i think a bar of chocolate has more pain reliveing effect, i've tried resting and elevating but nothing helps. the gp has no idea, and when i took myself to A&E last week i swear the surgeons "googled" it before coming in to see me.
nobody i've spoken to knows if i will improve, and i sometimes think having my leg removed would have been better!
any ideas please?