Pain and cramping upper legs

by Cos
(Adelaide)

After awakening in the morning attempting to get out of bed hampered by extreme pain and cramping in upper thigh and back of legs,after a while of pushing through pain to become mobilized pain level reduces and is only relievd when laying horizontal with legs elevated.






Hello Cos,
I take you have no lower back pain and have little or no trouble for the rest of the day. My first thought is a mineral deficiency, less likely it's true in the middle of a Oz winter.

Are you taking any meds? Water pills? High blood pressure medication? Talk to your pharmacist. It could be a potassium deficiency.

The next step is to test the reflexes and look for neurological changes.

A general rule is to contract the antagonist muscle: if the hamstring is spasming in the left leg, then contract the left quad against the other leg by hooking your left foot behind the opposite right ankle and extending the left knee - that usually forces the left hamstring to relax.

Jumping out of bed has a similar effect - forces you to contract the quad.

Elevating your legs too is contracting the quad.

There are other central canal causes that are very unlikely.

I hope this contributes.

Dr. Barrie Lewis


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UPPER LEG PAIN CONT'ND
by: COS

CT SCAN INDICATED BULGING OF DISCS L2 L3 L4 L5 PAIN IN LOWER BACK DUE TO THIS.THERE WAS ALSO SOME NARROWING IN LEVEL L2 L3. PAIN IN UPPER LEGS OCCURRED ONE DAY AFTER A PHYSIO TREATMENT, PART OF TREATMENT INVOLVED PULLIING OF BOTH LEGS WHILE BREATHING IN AND OUT, NOW TAKING LYRICA ,HAS NUMBED THE PAIN, STILL UNSURE WHAT HAS OCCURRED.




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Hello Cos,
What's needed is a careful thorough clinical exam to find the source of your leg pain.

Pulling of both legs together onto the chest is unfortunately a no-no if there's a suspected disc lesion, likely to increase the bulge.

Start with the "lower back exercises" which you can find at the Search this site function at C-H.

And then start looking for an experienced thorough chiro in your area.

Good luck.

Dr. Barrie Lewis


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