So, 2 days ago I was swimming in the ocean with my kids for a while, I also did some freestyle swimming for exercise - about 250M. I swim a decent amount but that plus just swimming with my kids was more than usual.
On exiting the water I got these horrible cramps in both of my calves. The left one was bad but the right side was extreme and persisted for 2 mins or so. When it ended my calves were sore and felt really weak. Two day later and they are a little better but still very sore and I can't really stand on my toes without my right calf giving out.
I should note, I may have been a little dehydrated and the water (atlantic ocean on the coast of Maine) was cold by mid-to-late August standards.
I can still walk on it, though - to be honest it feels more like I gave it the workout of a lifetime as opposed to a muscle strain.
What is the mechanism of this pain - is it the same as an intense workout or is it something else that just feels that way. Subjectively, It feels the same except for the weakness.
I had my wife give me a calf massage last night - she said that it felt like there was a baseball under the skin of my right calf. Boy did that massage hurt.