I am a long distance runner and have been running half marathons, mostly, for the past 4 years. I'm a 37 yr old female. Last June I started experiencing lower right calf pain. It became worse pretty quickly and at the end of July, I began cramping in my calves the last half mile of a half marathon. I took a few weeks off, then began training very lightly for a Ragnar relay race in September. During the race, I experienced the most severe and horrible cramping in both my lower legs and the last leg of the race, it extended to my quads. I was literally alternating running on my heels and balls of my feet the last hundred yards, sobbing while doing it. It was horrible. I haven't been running since (Sept 7). My pain has gotten worse, I have discovered I am Vit D deficient for some reason, and I cannot flex my calves for more than a few seconds before they cramp. I'm having muscle cramps throughout my lower body and hip area that are pretty mild, but annoying. I finally went back to my Orthopedic and cried to him about it. He finally ordered mri's of my low back and lower legs. I go in Monday for a follow up. I saw the images and I have some bulging between L1 and L2, L4 and especially...surprise...L5S1. I, of course, cannot read them but I had an mri done 15 yrs ago and had a bulging disk then. So I utilized Google and am sure there is bulging. I don't know how bad or what else is involved. Anyone have similar experience? It has stopped my running in its tracks and anything that requires me to flex my calf muscles. Considering I have been in pain of this sort for 9 months now, what is the outcome likely to be? I also have numbing, burning and skin turning white of the 2nd and third toes on both feet, white patches on the bottom of my feet and the heels of both feet frequently hurt. I had severe IT band issues and did PT for that with a foam roller that was excruciating. It did get better. The Ortho said I had some bursitis of the right hip as well. My joints hurt all over, I've had lots of problems with my right side in general from my shoulder to my toes. I've also noticed I'm experiencing something like sensory overload on my skin, mostly waist down. It's so depressing and I feel like a hypochondriac when I start listing all this out. I need some advice and I need to know I am not alone. I've been to 4 doctors for this and they all shake their head at the calf pain and cramping like they have no idea but think it will resolve itself. I'm so frustrated, but looking forward to Monday when I find out the results. This is the first time I've posted anywhere and so I'm sorry if it is too long or rambling. Thanks for any help!