Pain in Both Calves Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand pain in both calves symptoms, including 3 causes & common questions.

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  1. 3 Possible Pain In Both Calves Causes
  2. Real-Life Stories
  3. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  4. Statistics
  5. Related Articles

3 Possible Pain In Both Calves Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced pain in both calves. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Peripheral arterial disease (pad)

Peripheral artery disease is also called PAD, intermittent claudication, or vascular disease. The large main artery from the heart is the aorta, and its smaller branches are the peripheral arteries.

In PAD these peripheral arteries are blocked with plaque, which is debris that builds up in the lining of these arteries and eventually cuts off the blood flow.

Risk factors for PAD include smoking, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

PAD usually involves arteries that lead to the legs, but can affect any artery. Symptoms include numbness and pain in the legs, especially with exercise when more circulation is needed but the flow is blocked.

It is important to seek treatment for these symptoms. PAD can lead to increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and infection as well as to gangrene, a life-threatening medical emergency.

Diagnosis is made through patient history, physical examination, blood tests, and sometimes a treadmill test, MRI, and arteriogram.

Treatment involves medication and surgery to open or bypass blocked arteries, and lifestyle changes regarding diet, exercise, and smoking cessation.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: leg numbness, spontaneous foot pain, decreased exercise tolerance, cold feet, thigh pain

Symptoms that never occur with peripheral arterial disease (pad): calf pain from an injury, thigh pain from an injury

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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Spinal stenosis

The spine, or backbone, protects the spinal cord and allows people to stand and bend. Spinal stenosis causes narrowing in the spine. The narrowing puts pressure on nerves and the spinal cord and can cause pain.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: lower back pain, back pain that shoots down the leg, back pain that shoots to the butt, difficulty walking, thigh pain

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Deep vein thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. Most deep vein clots occur in the lower leg or thigh.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: fever, thigh pain, upper leg swelling, calf pain, butt pain

Urgency: Hospital emergency room

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Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain In Both Calves

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Did you injure your calf?
  • Do you have any idea what caused your calf pain
  • What is your body mass?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Pain In Both Calves Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced pain in both calves have also experienced:

  • 5% Lower Back Pain
  • 3% Knee Pain
  • 3% Fatigue

People who have experienced pain in both calves were most often matched with:

  • 50% Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • 25% Peripheral Arterial Disease (Pad)
  • 25% Spinal Stenosis

People who have experienced pain in both calves had symptoms persist for:

  • 30% Less than a week
  • 25% Over a month
  • 22% Less than a day

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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