Why Is Shin Pain Waking Me Up At Night?

Question

Asked by Petite Choux

Why Is Shin Pain Waking Me Up At Night?

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?

Answer

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):

Shin Splints

7 Lifestyle Strategies to Decrease Your Risk of a Blood Clot

Tips on How to Raise Your HDL  

Answered by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN