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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   i am 36 year old male just enlisted in the army and running is not my high point. i was doing drill and we did combatitives for 5 hours on sat and 5 hours on sun. in hot heat and in our ACU'S. I did'nt feel any pain till I was home but now my calf muscles are hurting alot and I tried to strech them out and ice them but every time I try and run the pain is still there..what are my options?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   Give me moment let me read the query
User :   ok
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   you have developed heat cramps
User :   ok
Doctor :   Let me breif you
User :   what do i do
User :   ok
Doctor :   Do you sweat a lot
User :   some times..well in the ACU's I sweated buckets
Doctor :   Heat cramps are muscle pains or spasms - usually in the arms, or legs - that may occur in association with strenuous activity. If you have heart problems or are on a low sodium diet, get medical attention for heat cramps.
Doctor :   Do u have any problems
User :   no
Doctor :   Here are some tips for you
Doctor :   1. Stop all activity, and sit quietly in a cool place.
2.Drink clear juice or a sports beverage. 3. Do not return to strenuous activity for a few hours after the cramps subside because further exertion may lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Seek medical attention for heat cramps if they do not subside in 1 hour.
Doctor :   Other than the above you can also
Doctor :   Apply ice packs
Doctor :   And some pain killers to subside the pain
User :   ok when can i start back on my running routine as my basic training is coming up soon in nov.\
Doctor :   Atlest when the syptoms dont appear again for a week time
Doctor :   Do you develop these cramps even on weight lifting exercises or streches
User :   so if the pain is still there as it has been for about four days now but less and less but when i do any small jog or quick walk it's very in tense..
Doctor :   Also try some streching exercises might help you as well
User :   no ..i have never had this problem till that one point when we were doing combatitives
Doctor :   When was your last annuals done
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Then probably it could also be a simple muscle cramp
Doctor :   So follow these to
User :   i stretch alot and have done martial arts for years and never had a problem with my calf muscles
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Try these too
Doctor :   Apply tight bandage over the area
Doctor :   sleep with legs elevated
Doctor :   try giving a massage to the calf muscles with any oil
Doctor :   So that it improves the circulation
Doctor :   and making yoiur muscles fitter than before
User :   so u think this pain will go away and things will go back to normal
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   hope so
User :   so u dont think i pulled a muscle or something worse
Doctor :   If still the pain persists will advise an physical examination
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   Do you smoke?
User :   i can walk still without any pain
User :   it's just other things
User :   no no no
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Then the above advise will help you
Doctor :   Dont strain for another few days
User :   ok.. i just want to be in top physical shape when i go to boot camp
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   probably you will get well soon
User :   ill keep off the stress and try your methods doc
User :   thank u
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Wishing you speedy recovery
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting me
User :   thank u sir..
Doctor :   bye for now

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