For the past 4 weeks or so, I have had a pain in the muscle in the back of my leg (specifically from mid back of thigh to just below the back of my knee). It started out just as a muscle pain, coming and going, and I thought I pulled the muscle. Well, as I said, 4 weeks later, the pain is almost always constant with a sharp electrical feeling going down to my foot (by the way, my right leg). I can walk, but I definitely favor my right leg as it hurts to walk. Any comments or need more information? Thanks, Linda
I hope you've seen a doctor and had this fully checked by now, but let me reiterate what so many others have mentioned. Definitely talk to your doctor about this pain. It may be related to your RA, or it may be that you did injure the muscles in the back of your leg. Either way, the pain is something your doctor should know about. Best of luck to you!
Hello Linda and Jeanne:
Muscle aches and cramps are often a sign of overdoing a particular exercise. But in other cases, it is a vitamin/mineral deficiency. I had this problem as a teen until age 29 when I had my children and I found that glucosamine/chondroitin (1500mg a day) and cal/mag (500 calcium with magnesium) nipped it in the bud.
I am 55 now and haven't had this problem since six weeks afte starting the supplement. Give it a try for six weeks and see how it works out for you.
Regarding exercise and your leg complaint, warmup is absolutely necessary as is cooling down. The cal/mag is necessary whenever you are in any kind of an exercise routine.
Hope that helps,
Hi Anne, Thanks for writing back. I do have a severe Vitamin D deficiency (13.1) and I have severe restless leg symdrome. But this leg pain is relatively new and something I've never experienced before. When my D level gets back to normal, we'll see how my leg pain does. Have a good day. Linda
I wanted to reply to you as that is how my problems started years ago and I really feel for you, I didn't realise that anything could be done about them varying pain and abnormal muscle tone but then I went to a physio, they really understand what is happening and will give you some stretch excercises to do these should help.
Don't push on and ignore it as you will only end up wih bad posture and problems with walking.
Remember we all have a right to a physio!
Suse, Thank you!
Will try physio. Do you have any answers as to why the more I exercise the pain is worse? I thought it interesting you speaking of posture. I find it hard to stand up straight sometimes after running (even up the stairs) or riding my bike. It hurts and I am very shakey. I want to cry, but laughing is easier.
Thank you both!
I have this issue also. Both of my legs are painful from the mid thigh to the top of the knee just like yours. Mine hurt especially severe after exercizing or riding my bike, which is a sight to see when a person cannot stand up straight.
I am writing to let you know you are not alone in this battle. I find having MS very frustrating when you grew up competitive skiing and skating, swimming and gymnastics. I want to find a cure so that others do not want to cry like I want to. Sharing this with my family is difficult. They do not understand. I am happy to have found web sites like these.
(Funny - that's my sister's name). Anyway, I too was an athlete. I did mini marathons, track and field, and volleyball. Although that was 20-25 years ago. I joined a fitness center, but I'm afraid to do exercising since my leg hurts so bad. OR - maybe I should exercise - I don't know. Thanks for writing. Linda