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Muscle stiffness in calves just below back of knee

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#1 eah


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Posted 11 September 2008 - 06:11 PM


Does anyone have muscle stiffness/pain in the calfs just below the back of the knees? I also have pain/stiffness in hips upper arms/legs. It is difficult for me to walk after I have sat for a short period. Going up stairs is difficult too. I am not sure if it is related to sclero or not. Anyone else have this?


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Posted 12 September 2008 - 12:58 AM

I also have this pain EH. I even went to have an MRI to see if it showed anything. The images will be saved and used in the future to check for changes. Nothing was in the MRI that showed anything unusual. I have weeks of no pain. Then weeks of just slight pain. Then I get a few days of being hardly able to walk because of the intense pain. Or it can just be a constant pain like a charlie horse that isn't loosening up. I sometimes even get them in the back of my ankle.
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Posted 12 September 2008 - 04:18 AM

I have this all of the time. Its not only in my lower legs but my upper legs, hips and arms. I wear a pain patch and also have to take a pain med. I know what you mean on how difficult stairs can be. The hips really hurt doing this. I have no idea where this hip pain is coming from. I have sclero and I also have Polymyositis so I don't which disease this is from.

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 12:55 PM

Hi eah,

Sorry you hurt so much. Have you mentioned this to your doctor? It is difficult to remember what pains are significant the day we have our appointments so sometimes I have to call back. The leg pains I have are different from what you describe but I do have hip pain which the doctor said was bursitis cause nothing shows on x-ray. It also travels down my legs to my shin area and can be quite painful. I have decided when I go for my appointments and have been feeling awful I will no longer say, oh I'm doing ok. Let them know you hurting. The cortisone shot for the hip pain has helped alot. Hope this helps alittle.

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 06:19 PM

Hi EH,
I just noticed over the last month that my ankles and calves feel tight and stiff. I first noticed it while walking down the stairs and now my ankles hurt when standing sometimes. I thought maybe it was tightening of the tendons along the back of the ankle/leg or just inflammation. The best advice I can give is to take whatever you would for other pains and keep gently stretching through your range of motion for each and every joint.

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Posted 13 September 2008 - 10:11 AM


I have occasional problems with muscle soreness in my legs if I'm sedentary for too long. Which in my case is 45 minutes to an hour. I have to constantly keep stretching and moving my legs or I will end up with cramps and soreness. It's been this way since the first year of my diagnosis with systemic scleroderma. I just make sure I move around as much as possible. If you are able to lay in your bathtub, this is one way to relax and relieve the soreness. I can't take baths anymore but maybe splurging on a massage would be helpful to loosen the knots. Climbing stairs was difficult for me too. I would get winded after one flight. Just pace yourself and take your time.

Wishing your soreness away!
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Posted 13 September 2008 - 02:04 PM

Hi EH,
One of my first symptoms of sclero was soreness/stiffness in the feet, ankles and achilles, it has now moved to the base of my spine. I don't take any painkillers for it as nothing works except prednisolone, which I wouldn't recommend due to all of the side effects.

hope this has helped some