Hi Tanya, It is so nice to finally read that someone else suffers like me, but sorry for you. I have been having this 'problem' for about 4 years now. I tore both calf muscels, took the required time off from running, did physio every week for over 6 months, kept up the physio designed exercises for another 6 months and then slowly got back into running, on my physios advice. All was good for 3 weeks and then BAM. I now feel that one of my calves is going to 'pop' if I keep running. It seems every time I get back into a running routine my calves have other ideas (I rest then get back into running and 3 weeks later.....). I stop running immediately and walk, but am SOOOOOOOO frustrated because it seems I will never be able to run properly again (for more than 3 weeks at a time). I too bought compression guards, but only use them if my calves feel 'twitchy'. I only wear flat shoes now. Actually I can now only wear flat shoes. If I put heels on, my calves go into a spasm and feel like they are going to pop. I suggest you wear heels only when very necessary- your calves will thank you.
I really wish I could 'fix' my calves, as over 4 years of feeling like they are going to pop and not running as I like is leaving me in tears. Not to mentiont the weight gain. I can no longer really flex/ stretch out my calves because if I do they spasm and cramp.
My calves have always been well developed, and on my physios advice I learnt how to use my glut muscels more to power my running. Each time I run I 'engage' my glut muscle and try not to use my calves. This really has helped, but not to the point where I can keep running on a weekly basis.
Is there any other advice out there? Any other forms of therapy? Has anyone tried Bowen Therapy for this? I have also begun to take magnesium supplements.