Shooting pain in a muscle that quickly goes away
November 4, 2012 9:15 PM Subscribe
What's this shooting pain in my lower leg?
posted by lewedswiver to health & fitness (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Every so often (once every few months) I feel a very sharp shooting pain in my left calf. I guess I would call it "pulling a muscle," or something.
My very unscientific description of what it feels like is the following: as if a muscle tendon, or part of the muscle, has crossed another other one, is in the wrong place, and needs to be put back. However, nothing seemed to have *caused* the pain: no force, no trauma... for example, yesterday, I was just lying in bed when... BOOM.
It is REALLY painful. One of the worst pains I've ever felt in my life, no question. Thankfully, it goes away very quickly (within 15 seconds, probably). In particular, when I walk on the leg, the shooting pain goes away quickly, as if the force of me putting weight on the leg puts the muscle/tendon/whatever back in place.
[I've also felt this same pain in my left shoulder. Here there would be slightly more obviously a cause: perhaps I would move my arm weirdly or awkwardly, and then I would feel the pain -- again, as if a muscle or muscle tendon or whatever was out of placed, crossed with another one, and only when they went back into place would the pain dissipate.
Side note: a few months ago I fell on my arm/shoulder and dislocated the joint. I think, in retrospect, I also overworked the shoulder at the gym and weakened it, which might have been related to this feeling I felt every so often and could have contributed to the shoulder dislocating. Nothing about this side note seems to apply to the calf, though.]
I wonder what to call this pain ("pulling a muscle"?), and sometimes think it's damn near impossible to describe things within our bodies to people who are (of course) outside our bodies. What IS a "charley horse," for example? Or a "muscle spasm"? Or a foot "falling asleep"?
So what would you call this phenomenon? Does this feeling ring a bell with people?