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Muscular catch and pain due to sudden exersion - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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User :   I am a 61 year old male in good health and good physical condition. Yesterday, after a short run, I had soreness in my hip/thigh that felt like a deep bruise, similar to when I played football and took a very hard hit, though there had been no contact injury. The leg was sensitive to walk on and sensitive to touch. There was no physical sign of bruising. After 24 hours, the symptoms are mostly gone.
Very strange. Any thing to be concerned about? I take no medications. I am on low-dose aspirin therapy. I do experience atrial fibrillation.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read your query
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   This is not a disease as such
Doctor :   the most common possibility is a muscular catch
Doctor :   in the area
User :   My concern is some type of clot or phlebitis. I've neverheard of a muscular catch.
Doctor :   Clot or Phlebitis
Doctor :   is not a likely possibility in your case
User :   Why is that?
Doctor :   because of the explanation which you have given
Doctor :   the development of symptoms
User :   Isn't there an analaog to a TIA that can occur in muscles?
Doctor :   No, that is not the susceptibe area for such
Doctor :   Brain and heart are the sensitive organs for such attacks
User :   Please explain what a muscular catch is.
Doctor :   It is development of sudden catchy pain in a particular spot on exertion
User :   Please explain the actual cause, not just the symptom.
Doctor :   the cause is due to lack of warm up
Doctor :   there is no specific cause to be frank
Doctor :   it is just a functional spasm
User :   I did warm up.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   but how about that particular muscle
User :   This was not a spasm. The nature of the pain was quite profound.
Doctor :   how frequently it has been used
User :   Has what been used?
Doctor :   that particular muscle which would have gone into slight spasm
User :   I use my thigh muscles daily.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   but you cannot specify each muscle
Doctor :   that is a difficult task even to me
Doctor :   even slight imbalance could have caused that
Doctor :   it is a catch, a spontaneous reaction by the muscle
Doctor :   due to some new activity
Doctor :   new activity wrt muscle
Doctor :   not you as a whole
User :   I run or hike several times a week, likely engaging the affected muscle group, and have never experienced this symptom. There has been no new activity.
Doctor :   That is what I did mention
Doctor :   new activity with respect to that particular muscle
Doctor :   not to you as an individual
User :   This is going nowhere. Thank you.
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