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Why Do My Legs Hurt All The Time?

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There could be a number of reasons why your legs are hurting all the time. Some of these possible causes could include an inflammatory arthritic condition such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, an inflammatory muscle disease for example polymyositis, an infectious disease for example Lyme Disease, fibromyalgia, hormonal imbalances, thyroid disorders, peripheral artery disease or even depression. The simplest reason could be that you have to stand motionless on your legs all day, resulting in legs that are just plain tired! Most symptoms though, will not disappear by themselves. It is recommended that you visit your doctor who will probably refer you to a specialist practising in physical medicine with rehabilitation.

The symptoms of fibromyalgia for example include muscle pain, morning stiffness and painful and tender points. You could also experience sleep problems, anxiety and fatigue. Apart from the pain there could also be swelling, tingling and numbness in your legs as well as feet, arms and hands.

Lupus affects the immune system of the body. It is not malignant, infectious or contagious. Common symptoms of lupus include swollen or painful joints (arthritis), extreme fatigue, skin rashes, kidney problems and unexplained fever. 

Rheumatoid arthritis could be inherited genetically. The cause of it is as yet unknown. Your own immune system will attack your own tissues. This will lead to inflammation of the joints. The disease can go into remission. Symptoms can include joint and muscle aches, stiffness, no appetite, no energy and fatigue.

Polymyositis causes inflammation of the muscles, and a noticeable characteristic is a weakness in skeletal muscles that control movement. Treatment will help to improve muscle strength as well as their function.

Your doctor will probably ask you some specific questions. Is the leg pain in the upper or lower leg? Is the pain in the ankle or on the knee? Does your leg hurt when you are resting or during activity, or both? Do you experience shooting pain, throbbing pain or sudden stabbing pain in a certain area or all over?
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When I stand I have the urge/need to stretch as hard as I can. It still does not give relief so I don't know why brain is telling my legs and muscles to tighted up. When I wake up in the morning I have to stretch so hard that I almost have fallen down. I just can't deal with this or not knowing what is wrong so I can get help. The Dr.'s in the ER did not have a clue what was wrong with me even though I told them that my muscles in my legs are so tight that it is an urge to flex that I cannot control
Please help.
Thank You,
Heather Larsen

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