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Why do my legs hurt before or after I get sick?

Why do my legs hurt before or after I get sick?

Viral / illness sx: Part of most viral infections... Like a "cold or flu" will have myalgias as an initial symptom. Myalgia= muscle ache/ pain. Tylenol/advil helps along with rest and water.... ...Read more

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Why do my legs hurt when I lay in bed? Not cramping pain. I can't sleep at night. I have to move around to get in a position so it won't hurt.

Why do my legs hurt when I lay in bed? Not cramping pain. I can't sleep at night. I have to move around to get in a position so it won't hurt.

Restless legs?: Some patients describe an uncomfortable aching sensation in their legs, accompanied by the need to move them around or get up and walk around in order to relieve the sensation. We call it restless leg syndrome and it can be due to a number of reasons. Iron deficiency is a common cause. Ssri medications sometimes cause it or make it worse. There is good treatment available. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Why do my legs hurt when I drink alcohol? Sometimes when I have a drink of alcohol, I get a severe ache in my legs that lasts about 3-6 minutes.

Why do my legs hurt when I drink alcohol? Sometimes when I have a drink of alcohol, I get a severe ache in my legs that lasts about 3-6 minutes.

No clue: Some people are very sensitive to the effects of alcohol on muscle, where it can cause inflammation of muscle cells (myositis), but this usually occurs after binges of large amounts of alcohol, not one drink. There are always idiosyncracies where people are more sensitive. Having a blood test that can show normal or elevated muscle enzymes can be ordered by your doctor, who you should talk to. ...Read more

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My legs hurt they get real big time to time real big in the summer I would like to get help with what to do?

My legs hurt they get real big time to time real big in the summer I would like to get help with what to do?

Go to doctor: You may be experiencing edema or fluid retention. The doctor will run some blood tests and examine you and come up with a treatment plan depending on the cause of the big leg. ...Read more

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My legs hurt so bad when I stand to long. Get to point where I feel like I'm going to fall cause of it. What can I do to help me get threw the day?

My legs hurt so bad when I stand to long. Get to point where I feel like I'm going to fall cause of it. What can I do to help me get threw the day?

Legs hurt: Many factors can cause leg pain after long periods of standing. Being that you are 24 yo, I would go to your primary care physician for a thorough exam. ...Read more

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I have ctd & can run 6-8 miles painfree & feel great but if I sit too long, I get leg pain so excruciating, it hurts to touch my skin. Is that typical?

Stiffness at rest: It is very common for folks with autoimmune problems to have morning stiffness that improves with time and exercise. Start slow but try to keep moving! ...Read more

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When I get in the bed at night my legs hurt to where I can only get to sleep when they straight and im on my back no other positions?

When I get in the bed at night my legs hurt to where I can only get to sleep when they straight and im on my back no other positions?

Nocturnal leg cramps: Could be nocturnal leg cramps or restless leg syndrome.
Hard to know without additional info, Make sure you are well hydrated and have no electrolyte disorders, Drinking coconut juice may help. Check for iron deficiency.
See doctor for more info. ...Read more

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My legs hurt and are heavy and tired all of the time. So bad that I barely get off my couch only for work where I lean on counter to relieve pain?

May be vein problem: Make an appointment with a vein specialist to have venous ultrasound of your leg veins. Look up doc: www. Phlebolgy. Org.
Go to store that sells medical compression stockings and use until you get appointment and after. The socks improve circulation and force the blood back up your legs to your heart. Vein disease can cause leg symptoms and can be treated. ...Read more

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My legs hurt at night while awake, it does not wake me up from a sleep but the pain makes it very hard to get up out of a chair can this be leukemia?

Leg pain: My first thought when presented with leg pain at night is not leukemia. Way way down on the list. Peripheral neuropathy (diabetes, meds, nutritional, chemical exposures or no other reason), peripheral arterial disease, pinched nerves from spinal arthritis, knee or hip arthritis, restless legs--these are much more common. If any reason to suspect cancer, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I could be typin or changin my babys diaper my fingers get stiff and hurt and at timed my legs hurt so bad what should I do?

It may muscles: Even though your fingers get stiff it might not be the joints. It is not clear why you are hurtingin these areas and an evalaution might help. I could speculate that as a mom with a youngster you may not be sleeping as well now. This can lead to muscle pain especially in people with fibromyalgia. Fatigue is a big player in muscle health whcih might tie this together for you. ...Read more

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I have been on levofloxacin 500mg for about 2 weeks when I get up my legs hurt so bad that I can hardly walk then it stops?

I have been on levofloxacin 500mg for about 2 weeks when I get up my legs hurt so bad that I can hardly walk then it stops?

Levofloxacin: Levofloxacin may cause swelling or tearing of a tendon (the tissue that connects bones to muscles), especially in the achilles' tendon of the heel. Call your doctor if you have sudden pain, swelling, tenderness, stiffness, or movement problems in any of your joints. Rest the joint until you receive further instructions from your doctor. ...Read more

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After stretching walking to begin my jog legs felt weak. While jogging felt weak could not continue due to feeling ill. Now legs hurt and feel weak?

Weakness: Is it possible that your feet are not properly functioning? Have your podiatrist evaluate you for proper foot function. You may require inserts called orthosis in your shoes. Also consider new shoe gear. If those measures are not helpful, then you may consider that there is a systemic problem that is causing your weakness. If it is systemic have your physician evaluate you with a blood test, or other studies. ...Read more

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Why would my back of my legs hurt when I walk and I get light headed to. When I walk for to long my legs hurt and sometime I get light headed an have to stop.

Why would my back of my legs hurt when I walk and I get light headed to. When I walk for to long my legs hurt and sometime I get light headed an have to stop.

NEED TO CHECK HEART: This sound like claudication. Advise to see a cardiologist to evaluate your lower leg vessels and heart. ...Read more

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Son almost 13. Both legs hurt to where he cries and hurts when walking. Behind knee and below. No injury but recently sick. Growing pains or call doc?

Son almost 13. Both legs hurt to where he cries and hurts when walking. Behind knee and below. No injury but recently sick. Growing pains or call doc?

Be seen: I would definitely have him seen if he is having pains to the extent of crying. There may be something more going on and, at a minimum a detailed history, exam, and appropriate studies can be done. ...Read more

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I have UTI but I'm exhausted! My legs hurt and I can't get warm I also have Addison's disease and hypothyroidism?

I have UTI but I'm exhausted! My legs hurt and I can't get warm I also have Addison's disease and hypothyroidism?

UTI exhausted: Treat your UTI and check your thyroid and cortisol/mineralcorticoid levels. And electrolyte levels In times of illness those who have steroid suppression feel weaker as they do not have the stress steroid spurt, that occurs normally. Discuss with your doctor increasing steroids during times of stress. F/u/ w/ doc today. ...Read more

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When I walk as exercize my legs hurt, ankles & calves. Also I get fatigue as well. I am a diabetic taking many medications. Could it be my medications. I do not have any neropathy in my feet & can do other forms of exercize such as stationary arobics, weig

When I walk as exercize my legs hurt, ankles & calves. Also I get fatigue as well. I am a diabetic taking many medications. Could it be my medications. I do not have any neropathy in my feet & can do other forms of exercize such as stationary arobics, weig

Easily tired legs: Even though you do not have a neuropathy, you may have claudication, a condition causing reduced blood flow to the legs. You should consult your physician who can check your pulses in your legs and refer you to a vascular surgeon if necessary. ...Read more

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When on my feet for a few hours, my feet swell, legs hurt, muscles get weak, and toenails hurt, and leg, foot, ankle and toe joints ache. What's up?

Varicose veins: The commonest cause probably is varicose veins (they may not be superficial and easily seen) you probably need ultrasound of the lower extremities. ...Read more

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Why do my legs hurt all the time?

Be seen: There are a lot of potential causes, from vascular, inflammatory, and neurologic causes among others. A detailed exam and appropriate studies can usually determine the cause. I would encourage you to be seen, there may be a very simple treatment. ...Read more

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Why do my legs hurt when I cross them?

Could: Be hip pain referred towards your knees. Do you have arthritis in the hips or any peripheral vascular disease that could be exacerbated by crossing your legs. There are a lot of questions I would like to ask before actually examining you which makes me encourage you to see your doctor if the pain is significant. ...Read more

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Why do my legs hurt when I sit on a chair or bend them?

Leg pain with knee: Maybe problem with nerves, muscles or vascular supply, . Could also be muscle cramps, depends on Length of time this has occurred, consider getting checked if you have had this for awhile ...Read more

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Why do my legs hurt frim drinking alcohol?

Why do my legs hurt frim drinking alcohol?

Varies: There are a number of possibilities. Drinking alcohol does inhibit the fluid resorption mechanism in the kidney causing people to urinate more and this potentially can cause dehydration and electrolyte shifts, both of which can affect the legs. There are many other possible causes as well. Consider being checked. ...Read more

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Why do my legs hurt after I've used my computer? It's very uncomfortable and painful. I have a laptop.

Why do my legs hurt after I've used my computer? It's very uncomfortable and painful. I have a laptop.

Likely positional: Most likely you are having your legs in a position they "do not like" while working on your computer. Could be they are extended and the knees locked, or flexed a bit too much. Regardless, it is best not to stay in any one position too long for many reasons. Change position, get up, stretch, walk around. But severe pain, or other symptoms can mean something that needs attention. Get history & exam. ...Read more

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Why do my legs hurt right before my period?

Pain transmission: The most common issue of pms is fatigue which can lower the stress threhold making discomfort more prominant. The pain distribution would be helpful. Most of the deep nerves run along the back of the legs but some come thru the front. U could have an enlarged urterus affecting the nerves but that is difficult to say without exam. Try 2 aleve (naproxen) 2xper dat 5 days period to the period if ok 4 u. ...Read more

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Why do my legs hurt after drinking alcohol the day before?

Dehydration: Alcohol has many consequences including dehydration. It is a diuretic and this can lead to as long as several days to get back into balance. ...Read more

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Why do my legs hurt at night? Tylenol (acetaminophen) makes it go away pretty quickly. Usually hurt on days I run, exercise, or am on my feet a lot. It's frequent.

Why do my legs hurt at night? Tylenol (acetaminophen) makes it go away pretty quickly. Usually hurt on days I run, exercise, or am on my feet a lot. It's frequent.

Fatigue or PVD: Leg pain at night can simply be fatigue from poor biomechanics and shoe gear, but can also be an early sign of peripheral vascular disease. A trip to the podiatrist for an exam is warranted to assess the cause of your pain. ...Read more