I have severe leg cramps at night, from ankle to hip joint. I am 86, in reasonably good health and exercise regularly, including weight training and aerobics. This is a new problem, but it is serious in that it keeps me from getting the sleep I need.
I know you posted your question quite awhile ago, but I was wondering if you found relief for your leg pain? It does sound like RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome) or even Osteoarthritis. I am not a medical doctor, so I cannot diagnose the problem, and I hope you did seek medical treatment. Losing sleep can cause many difficulties.
If you found effective treatment, I would love to hear about it.
Here are a few articles that might interest you:
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) Often Associated with Chronic Pain
10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About RLS
Hope you are well!
It could be restless leg sydrom.
Those cramps can be soooo painful. I have found 2 reasons for them. First is dehydration. Second is low levels of Vit. B. Summer seems to precipitate the leg cramps more so my doc gave me Rx for Magnesium Oxide. Funny, it is the same medication that Milk of Magnesia is! When my legs were torqueing this winter and I did more research I learned about the Vit B connection. I used to take B-100 pills regularly but had stopped (lazy.) It took about 2 weeks of starting them again and the leg cramps have almost completely stopped.
But as everything else is always noted.....check with your personal physician.