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BEZELLOUIE
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4/18/13 10:33 P

I have arthritis in my hips, more so in my left and it does come and go. For the longest time I had it controlled with yoga and glucosamine and then it came back. Now I have good nights and bad, but its definitely worse at night when I'm in bed. I'm hoping losing 20lbs will help. Its supposed to. I'm 5'4", weigh 175. Good luck!



BFATNOMORE2
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2/21/13 11:01 A

Don't know where your at but could also be the changes in weather. I have severe arthritis throughout my entire body and at times it's hard to move, sleep or even get out of bed. Try some tylenol pm before bed. I wish you luck..



IGNI13
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2/21/13 10:31 A

It's so odd - for the past 2 nights it's been much better. It just seems to come and go, so odd. I've been trying to correlate it to what's going on... doesn't seem to be related to activities, I don't think... though I have been stretching my hips before bed the past 2 nights (like modified pidgeon pose on the side of the bed).

One other theory I'm considering is that it may be caused by having a large meal late at night...? Sounds really bizzarre... but maybe...? Will have to keep noticing.


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DRAGONCHILDE
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2/19/13 5:35 P

I used to experience a lot of hip and joint pain. I even have arthritis. But you know what I did?

I started moving! Getting up and exercising (even just walking, or yoga) has done more for that pain than anything else. Talk to your doctor, and ask if you're cleared for exercise, and get moving.

You'll be glad you did.



BERTA6978
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2/19/13 4:43 P

I had a similar problem throughout last summer. Though it didn't bother me during the day, I would wake up with hip and leg pain. My mattress is firm, but I purchased an extra cushy mattress pad. It helped some, but the pain didn't really go away. I suffer from Restless Leg Syndrome also. I stumbled upon an article which mentioned that an inrease of magnesium could help the Restless Leg Syndrome, so I resumed taking my calcium plus magnesium vitamins in order to alleviate the Restless Legs. The Restless Legs weren't quite as bad, but as a bonus, the hip and leg pain went away.



CUBKATIE
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2/19/13 4:26 P

Just last week I had an issue similar to this. I woke up one morning and my right hip was absolutely killing me. I thought maybe I had overworked the muscle or something but it didn't loosen up. It seemed to be worse when I sat for a while throughout that day. I sleep on my right side and I also have a firm mattress so I was really worried that this would start to be an everyday thing. I slept on my other side for a night or two and it eased up. I also started sleeping with a pillow between my legs. When I have the money, I am going to invest in a good memory foam mattress pad, hoping to take some of the pressure off of my hip when I lay on my side. It hasn't happened again but it was quite painful. I am 37 years old and have noticed some beginning signs of arthritis in the joints at the base of my thumbs but so far that's all. Hope this helps...



IGNI13
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2/19/13 1:59 P

I think I did bring it up to her, and she seemed to just put it down to aging-related arthritis (i'm 39). Yes, I've been quite heavy all my life, having put on the last 75 lbs or so over the last decade.

My doctor also did seem quite pleased with my plan to eat healthier and start exercising, as I am in "perfect health" - you know, other than carrying an extra person on my body... :)

I'm just wondering if anyone else has experienced this? For me it seems to come and go...

Could it be something like a nutritional deficiency, or weight-related...?



SIMPLELIFE2
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2/19/13 12:53 P

I really would talk to a doctor, especially since this issue is ongoing and has been present for months. You are not a doctor and you can't diagnose yourself over the internet. Pain is not something we should simply accept. It is your body's way of asking for attention. I have found that if you try to ignore it, your body just gets louder.



MISSRUTH
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2/19/13 12:48 P

I'd have to say that the first place to start, would be with your doctor. I'm assuming you've been heavy for a while, and if this pain is relatively recent (something new), it should be checked out. Just to rule out something going on with nerves or your back or something. If you haven't discussed starting an exercise program with your doctor yet, it would be a good time to do so. Just about every workout dvd or exercise program or whatever, always says we should first get our doctor's clearance to do anything.

Spark is a fabulous community, but when it comes to something that really could be a problem that needs a medical doctor.... well it would be silly not to just go ahead and make an appointment.



BEANBYDESIGN
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2/19/13 11:46 A

Has your activity level or the types of activities you've been doing changed recently? When I go on long runs and have muscle soreness, I find that it's much more acute at night right before I fall asleep (I have no idea why, but I guess it's probably some combination of having no distractions and the change in body position making me more aware that my legs are sore).



IGNI13
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2/19/13 11:02 A

I am significantly overweight (c. 150lbs above upper end of healthy weight), and have in recent months been having pain in my hips and legs at night. I don't know if this is because of my mattress (it's only 7 months old, pretty firm), or maybe a lack of some nutrients, or...?

I think this has been happening for several months but I only really consciously started paying attention a few month ago. I tried looking it up online, but all I really found was about restless leg syndrome, which I don't have.

I've been at this weight for a long time, but could this just be my age and weight catching up with me...? Has anyone else experienced this?

Thanks for any advice.
(PS - I take it as a given the caveat that any answers are just from personal experience, folks here aren't doctors, etc. :)



 
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