Leg Update – 1 week +1 day after injury

About a week ago, I tore my right calf muscle.  I’ve previously pulled the same muscle (about 2 years ago)  and it took about a week for me to walk without a limp, then took a long time before I could do anything high impact.  This time, the injury is much  worse.  I haven’t been able to walk without crutches.  Some days I’m able to put a little weight on that leg (still with crutches), but other days, it hurts too much.  Bruising appeared a couple days ago.  I’m still icing and elevating it when I can.  It’s looking like a long recovery ahead of me.  I’ve been having muscle spasms throughout the day/night, sometimes painful enough to wake me up at night.  I’m on prescription Naproxen for the pain, and when it gets close to doseage time, I can certainly feel the pain getting stronger.   I haven’t been driving because it is painful to put pressure on the foot sometimes and I probably wouldn’t be able to do a hard brake if I needed to.

Getting around on crutches is pretty exhausting, and sometimes downright painful.  My arms are getting a good workout, for sure.  If anyone has any advice, I’d love to hear it.  I’ve started doing some massage on that muscle, and that seems to help temporarily, so that it isn’t as painful, but then the muscle spasms again, and I’m back at square one.  Too bad I got this injury in the Spring… the weather is so nice lately, I want to take walks.  I’d gladly be a shut-in during the winter time!  🙂 I’m hoping that eventually, I’ll be pain free enough that I can ride my bike while I’m still recovering.  That would still be a few weeks off, though.  This injury is no fun.  Make sure you take care of your muscles and stretch and warm up well.

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