I am a 10 years post-CABG patient with CAD. I am hypothyroid, hypertensive, hyperlipidemia (all controlled with medicine) and have fibromyalgia. Once in a while I experience pain in my shins even when I have not done anything to precipitate the pain. It usually wakes me while I'm sleeping. Is it from lack of exercise?
It's hard to tell what could be causing the pain, though a number of things come to mind. It could be a side effect of one of your medications (sometimes statins to control high cholesterol can cause leg pain), or it could be a circulatory issue. The best thing to do is to talk to your cardiologist or primary care physician about the pain and let him/her do the appropriate exams and tests to diagnose the issue. With your history of heart disease, it's best not to let things like this linger without having them investigated by your healthcare provider.
Here are some links you might useful in the meantime:
Here is a link to information on shin splints (shin pain):
7 Lifestyle Strategies to Decrease Your Risk of a Blood Clot
Tips on How to Raise Your HDL
Thanks for the link, read it, and this isn't shin splints. It occurs when I am sleeping and no exercise is involved, no running, no walking, no anything. I can be sitting in a chair with my legs up and the pain starts. I can be sleeping soundly and it starts, no movement at all.
Sorry, please try to find another answer suitable to my question. Could this be fibromyalgia since it's connective tissue involvement?
There's potential it's linked to your fibromyalgia. The best way to determine the cause and appropriate treatment would be to consult your physician.
All the best,
Lisa Nelson RD
I did, he doesn't know either. Guess it's part of aging. I wanna be a kid again! I can handle scraped knees and conjunctivitis, but not these pains. Thanks!
I am exactly your age, and your medical history describes me to a "T" with the exception of the Fibromyalgia and I am anything but "petite". I am 6'3" tall and 195 pounds. I had bypass in 2004, and a stent inserted in 2001 that was bypassed in 04. I was a jock footballer at 280 pounds in college and lost 75 pounds in the last year to ill health. I have had multiple knee surgeries on both knees and they are loving the weight loss! In the last 4 days I have had severe shin splints in both legs waking me from deep sleep in the middle of the night. I have had to get up and take vicodin and Robaxin more than once each night to make them subside. I could barely walk into my den to get to a chair that seems to put me in a good position to break the muscle spasm. I also take Potassium for this very reason - muscle cramps due to low Potasium. Seems to help. I just cannot figure out what is triggering these SEVERE SHIN SPLINTS! Anyone know what could be triggering these???
I guess there was more than one age between me and Petite in the display as it came up. I am a 63 year old male
OMG - I just started having these incredibly horrible pains that awaken me about 2 days ago. When I try to get up it feels like a huge knife is stabbing me in the shin bone and foot on my left side mostly. I cry outloud in pain when I sit or walk, until the pain subsides (10 minutes or so). I thought low potassium also, so I drink coconut water, eat kiwis and bananas, take multi vits and minerals which does help. But last night I woke up screaming and took Gabapentin and robaxin and finally fell back asleep.
I don't know if it's related, but I have just had an L-5 nerve block and epidural done, as I was having severe cramping in my right leg (opposite side) the past couple of months. (I do work 3-4 days per week standing for 6 hours and that's when the lower back pain and leg cramps began.) Had a lumbar MRI and I have severe bulging on 2 disks (L4 and 5) and moderate on 2 above. L5 is impringing on the nerve and narrowing is evident. The nerve block worked beautifully and all the pain is gone now. Iwill be repeating it again. I will see my Dr. on 11/1 and will discuss the new shin and foot cramping and pain. I also had a 4 level fusion in C-3 through C-6 10 years ago and am in constant pain in my neck shoulder and right arm. I have been treating these symptoms well for many years. But the new pain is very scary, so ANY help would be most appreciative as I have been reading about everything from fibromyalgia to lupus to pancreatitis!!