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Monday, August 25, 2008 Gin, Community Member, asks

Q: My legs hurt from my hips down the back of my legs, they ache, I can't sleep.

My legs hurt from my hips down the back of my legs. They ache so badly I can't sleep.

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trishr46, Community Member
8/25/08 2:47pm

Do you have Osteoporosis?  I go through the same problem sometimes.  I have to walk to get some ease.  I don't do fast walks, just slow, or regular walks.  If you have Osteoporosis, it's probably your femar bones.  I often have to take a hot bath in the middle of the night.  I also take aleve and one tylenol at night.  If it is Osteoporosis or if you don't know, you need a dexa scan.  I found out I had Osteoporosis when I fell.  If it is Osteoporosis, then you are getting fractures in your bone by sitting on them.  That's probably what is hurting you.  That is my case anyway.  Look up femar bone and you'll see what I am talking about.  The neck of the femar bone is what they call the Hip area.  It is easy to fracture and it causes your legs to hurt.  You probably have imflammation set up and that is where the Aleve comes in handy.  I hope it isn't that but just in case, try the Aleve.  It may take a day or two to get it out of your system for a while.  If you do have Osteoporosis, do you know your number for your hip area? 

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Sue, Community Member
2/21/10 7:01pm

Hello

 

You can't get fractures by sitting on your femur bones.

 

This is rather an alarmist and worrying comment to offer someone.

 

Ones bones will become weak through lack of exercise and if you are osteoporotic then you are at more of a disadvantage.

 

 

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debbie, Community Member
9/ 6/11 3:19pm
im only 37 yrs old and dont think it is that.im leaning towards restless leg syndrome. Know anything about that Reply
Sue, Community Member
2/21/10 6:56pm

Hello

 

I have osteoporosis.  Osteoporosis doesn't hurt although you can get fissures which may cause a little discomfort and could be mistaken for just a bit of backache.  (These wouldn't show on x-ray). Fractures  will cause a lot of pain and a compression fracture will show up on X-ray.

The fissures will heal of their own accord and will only show on x-ray once they've healed as calcification marks.  A fracture would heal but could lead to deformity in the spine so intervention is required.

 

The fact of the matter is one can have osteoporosis and never have a fracture and someone without osteoporosis can have a fracture because their bones are brittle.

 

There are other factors that have to be taken into account with someone who has been diagnosed with low bone density after a Dexa scan.

 

Family members if they've had breaks before the age of 80

Having low Body mass weight

Slight build

Smoking

Drinking

Posture

 

There are medications recommended after having a Dexa scan to assess bone density that increase bone mass.

However it is best to read up as much as possible and make an informed choice about these medications.

 

They actually build up the external area of the bone which can make it brittle.

 

Also there is not enough information on the long term use of these drugs.

 

It would be better to follow an osteoporosis diet containing necessary nutrients, calcium enriched foods, weight bearing exercise and take calcium and Vit D supplements.

 

Hip pain can be referred from the lumbar area where there might be pressure on a nerve, muscle weakness, strain etc.

 

Hope this has helped.

 

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TINA B, Community Member
2/26/10 4:02am

my hips hurt when i sit and walk and they hurt when i lay on one side

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Sue, Community Member
9/12/10 1:08pm

Hi

 

Have you seen your GP.  My first port of call I think.

 

However if you have lumbar irritation the pain can be felt through the legs.

 

Also tight hamstrings can make your hips, legs. 

 

 

 

I am very used to sitting a bit but I do walk and move around a lot so I wouldn't consider I'm completely sedentary.

 

Perhaps an exercise regime to exercise those muscles.

 

I know I want to rest up when my back is sore (not from osteoporosis) but unless its really disabling the best thing to do in this order is

 

Stand

Lie down

Sit

 

Sitting puts more pressure on the back than anything else.

So our jobs can exacerbate the problem.

 

Therefore I take an active role by stretching (yoga classes perhaps for you), and general exercise.

 

Swimming is excellent althought it is not weight bearing and therefore not helpful for osteoporosis.

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M_Love, Community Member
7/17/11 7:31pm

I Know How You Feel.Frown

 

My knes Hurt and the only way i solve this case is by puting hot water on it (extremly hot water)

then cover it with a blanket.

then wait and hour if it still hurts then put olive oil on a pan put it on the oven then touch it till its hot then rub the oil on you knew then wait an hour but ofcorse you need to cover it

 

 

hope it works

 

 

(Sorry Any Spelling Mistakes I Am Half Awake!)

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darlene durnell, Community Member
8/ 3/11 7:07pm

thanks for the info, im going to try olive oil, how dose it help? i have never heard of using olive oil, but i will try anything once lol.

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darlene durnell, Community Member
8/ 3/11 7:07pm

thanks for the info, im going to try olive oil, how dose it help? i have never heard of using olive oil, but i will try anything once lol.

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M_Love, Community Member
7/17/11 7:33pm

I Know How You Feel.Frown

 

My knes Hurt and the only way i solve this case is by puting hot water on it (extremly hot water)

then cover it with a blanket.

then wait and hour if it still hurts then put olive oil on a pan put it on the oven then touch it till its hot then rub the oil on you knew then wait an hour but ofcorse you need to cover it

 

 

hope it works

 

 

(Sorry Any Spelling Mistakes I Am Half Awake!)

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M_Love, Community Member
7/17/11 7:33pm

I Know How You Feel.Frown

 

My knes Hurt and the only way i solve this case is by puting hot water on it (extremly hot water)

then cover it with a blanket.

then wait and hour if it still hurts then put olive oil on a pan put it on the oven then touch it till its hot then rub the oil on you knew then wait an hour but ofcorse you need to cover it

 

 

hope it works

 

 

(Sorry Any Spelling Mistakes I Am Half Awake!)

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James Leary, Editor
8/ 8/14 12:42pm

Gin,

 

I see that it has been a while since you posted.  I am not a doctor and can't diagnose you here, but I do wonder how things have turned out for you.  Did you see a doctor?  Were some of the community members' comments about osteoporosis or restless leg syndrome correct?

 

At any rate, I hope you are doing well, and please consider stopping in again to let us know how you are doing.  I'm sure your experience would be a great benefit to others on the site!

 

Best of luck,

James

 

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By Gin, Community Member— Last Modified: 08/08/14, First Published: 08/25/08