Every time I lay down I feel a soreness in my thighs that makes it hard to sleep. The soreness is always in this area, but when I sleep I have to be extremely careful when I move or I'm likely to have painful cramps. Does this sound like restless leg syndrome? It's been going on for years. Might it be polymyositis?
There is a type of cramp called a "rest cramp" that most often occurs when you're trying to rest. One idea is that hyperexcitable nerves cause the muscles to contract, putting them into a cramped state. One reason for cramping - especially as we age - is low calcium and magnesium levels, but many conditions can cause this.
The best recommendation I could find for rest cramps was to stretch the area out before you go to bed and any time the cramp hits or feels like its about to hit. You also might want to try a cal-mag solution you can find in health food stores. These two remedies together are supposed to be pretty effective. You also want to make sure you're well hydrated; cramps can come about because of electrolyte imbalances and dehydration. A heating pad applied to the area in the evening may help as well.
There are lots of things that can cause cramps. Since this has gone on so long and it sounds like it's affecting your sleep, which can lead to other health problems, so if you haven't seen a doctor you should consider seeing one.
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This does NOT sound like restless leg syndrome. With RLS, you don't really have cramps as such, more a feeling of you have to move your legs. It kind of feels like there is something under the skin crawling around. It is worse than an itch you can't quite reach.
I'm not sure about cramps in the thighs but cramps in the lower leg can be caused by a lack of potasium. If you are on diuretics for blood pressure, have your doctor check your levels.
Also, have you ever had a sleep study done? I know it sounds totally irrelevant but after I was diagnosed with sleep apnea, my doctor told me that when your oxygen level gets too low, your body will find a way to wake you up enough to take a deep breath. For me, it was having to urinate every couple of hours. I had a friend who's RLS would get so bad she would have to get up and walk around several times a night and my father would wake up every hour or so needing a drink of water. ALL of us sleep peacefully through the night now with the help of a c-pap machine!
Since this has been going on for so long, you really should discuss it with your doctor and see if he can help get rid of them.
Help me to understand pain in the inner thigh area?!
My father has suffered with cramp for a while now,but tonight he suffered an attack in his inner thigh,he came over all dizzy,and hot,and became incoherent,for a short while,he also started to fall to the floor,where i finally helped him to lie down. After massaging his leg and minipulating the leg he managed to get up off the floor,to go and have a hot bath after some 5 mins of chronic pain, He is 72 yrs old and in good general health,n/s or drinker. He also plays golf which he played today,and gets good general exercise. This was vey worrying to see him like this, could you please help with any ideas .
I suffer with cramps from my neck to my feet. Also thigh cramps. Pickle juice is the best thing I've found for fast relief. I don't know why this works but it does. I sip about 1/8 of a cup of dill pickle juice and the pain eases in about five minutes. I only use sweet pickle juice if I'm out of dill.
I feel your pain. I too have a lot of inner thigh cramps that occur when I am sleeping in bed and decide to turn over. I have even got them on both thighs at the same time. These inner thigh cramps happen when I do a lot of walking or a night after dancing is guaranteed to get them. What works of me is when I get them I immediately have a few swallows of dill pickle juice. I know it sounds crazy but it works immediately. When I first heard of the dill pickle juice I too thought it was crazy but when that pain came around I was willing to try anything. First time I tried it, I was like WOW this really works. Then after it is gone I make sure I drink an electrolye drink and coconut water. If I happen to have a muscle relaxer I will take that to and pray it doesn't grab me again when I do back to bed. I think you will be please if you give the dill pickle juice a try. Good Luck!