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Thursday, October 15, 2009 Petite Choux, Community Member, asks

Q: SHIN PAIN when sleeping??

I am 10 yrs 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. I'm 63 years old and in good health other than the heart attack and CABG. Is it from lack of exercise?

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Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
10/16/09 12:29pm

Hi Petite,

 

Here is a link to information on shin splints (shin pain):

 

http://www.healthcentral.com/encyclopedia/408/213.html

 

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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Petite Choux, Community Member
10/16/09 1:34pm

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?

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Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
10/16/09 1:59pm

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

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Petite Choux, Community Member
10/16/09 6:45pm

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!

 

 

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A-BUN-DANCE, Community Member
2/12/10 6:06am

I have the same problem as well.  It wakes me up too. Its a pulsating pain in the middle of my shin.  I'm 25, have PCOS but am otherwise healthy.  I am a dancer and because I own a dance studio actually don't move as much as I used to when I wasn't managing so much but I do still get to the gym and go out dancing a few times a week.  I would admit that I do lead a pretty high stressed life though and I think that has been effecting me quite a bit.  I don't think this is aging....I feel like I've had this ever since I was a kid on and off, but it scares me know that I'm getting older and my life-style and diet is getting less healthy.  Its only on the left side and the pain usually gets me up around 5am or 6am, what is it?  Should I be nervous about my heart?  I have a Mirana IUD which has a small localized amount of birth control hormones but I have never had issues with that....any ideas anyone? It would be greatly appreciated! thanks!

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Old Retired Dude, Community Member
12/22/11 12:14pm

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???

 

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Old Retired Dude, Community Member
12/22/11 12:17pm

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

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Annie, Community Member
10/21/12 2:01pm

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!! 

 

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By Petite Choux, Community Member— Last Modified: 01/23/14, First Published: 10/15/09