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Slight pain after working out in the gym. Solution?

I recently joined the gym again and have been going for a month or 2. I stretch my shin and legs before I go for a walk/run. On this particular day I went on the treadmill for only 15 mins. I did 5 min walk, 5 min run, 5 min walk. I had no pain whatsoever. I decided to hold onto the treadmill and do a squat to stretch my legs. As soon as I did I felt a sharp pain shoot up in my left leg. I got up and limped to the wall where I stretched my shin. I decided to squat again to see if it s ok and the sharp burning pain came again. This time I put my hand over it and felt a quarter sized lump. I kept my hand on it as I stood up and the lump went down as i was fully standing, but slightly still there. I sat down and massaged it. The pain I originally felt was gone, but there was still some discomfort. After 10 minutes the bump was totally gone and so was any pain. I stopped running and started using elipticals now. For a week I felt no pain whatsoever. Last night I went to the gym again, went on eliptical, did some heavy lifting, and went home and sat on a computer for 4-5 hours afterwards to get some work done. Out of no where I felt a slight discomfort in that area again, but no bump. The slight pain just comes and goes every now and then. Is this something I should worry about and go see a doctor for? After doing some research I m thinking either stress fracture or exertional compartment syndrome?
Asked On : Mon, 19 Nov 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for writing to us.

According to your description, what you have might be due to shin splints.
Shin splints usually result from overuse. Repeated movements of the foot can cause damage where the tibialis muscles attach to the tibia. Soon the edge of the muscles may begin to pull away from the bone. The injured muscle and the bone covering (the periosteum) become inflamed.

I advise you to-
1. Take rest. It plays a key role in decreasing pain and inflammation.
2. Stop doing the activity that caused the problem, at least until their symptoms are under control.
3. Apply cold packs and take anti-inflammatory medications like Motrin to calm pain and inflammation.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.
Answered: Wed, 28 Aug 2013
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