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Old 17-07-2006, 18:41
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I know I should probably go to the Drs about this, but...

...recently I've been getting pains in my legs/knees during the night, it's not cramp or anything like that... it's more like pain in the bone, rather than muscle pain.

I had a similar thing when I was younger and the Dr said it was probably growing pains, which I accepted at the time. The only problem is now, I'm not growing anymore!

So, has anyone suffered from anything similar or could suggest anything to make it better?

Thanks in advance
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Old 17-07-2006, 18:51
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Hi,

Have you done anything that could have put strain on your knees. I sometimes get pains in my knees at night but this is because I am holding more weight than I would like to.

Other causes could maybe be Arthiritis but you would have to see your GP about this.

If you put your knees as close to your knees as possible bend your leg then straighten it and listen to your knee. I say this because my mum has Arthiritus in her knees and her knee sounds like someone is crinkling a carry bag in her knees when ever she bends it and it also clicks a lot.

*EDIT* Try using Cura Heat Pads on your knees.
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Old 17-07-2006, 21:25
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Originally Posted by Just Looking
I know I should probably go to the Drs about this, but...

...recently I've been getting pains in my legs/knees during the night, it's not cramp or anything like that... it's more like pain in the bone, rather than muscle pain.

I had a similar thing when I was younger and the Dr said it was probably growing pains, which I accepted at the time. The only problem is now, I'm not growing anymore!

So, has anyone suffered from anything similar or could suggest anything to make it better?

Thanks in advance
Hello Just,

Un-explained knee pains needs a doctor who may send you for an X-ray.

Knee pains should always be taken seriously the older you are---see your doctor.
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Old 18-07-2006, 12:47
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I've made a couple of attempts to phrase this but I still can't get it not to sound stupid , but , do you ride a bike ? I don't mean in bed .

I used to get bad pain in my knees and found out that it was because the saddle wasn't high enough, and my leg wasn't straightened out enough when peddling.

There , I knew it sounded stupid , but it was just a thought
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Old 18-07-2006, 12:53
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Originally Posted by Just Looking
I know I should probably go to the Drs about this, but...

...recently I've been getting pains in my legs/knees during the night, it's not cramp or anything like that... it's more like pain in the bone, rather than muscle pain.

I had a similar thing when I was younger and the Dr said it was probably growing pains, which I accepted at the time. The only problem is now, I'm not growing anymore!

So, has anyone suffered from anything similar or could suggest anything to make it better?

Thanks in advance

justlooking, poor you.

i get them all the time. i used to get them almost daily as a kid and the doc waffled about growing pains too.

they continued into my teens and persist even now.

i used to take pain killers and then suddenly for about 2 years they stopped and then they returned.

rheumatism does run in my family and i figure this is what it is. at university i went to the clinic and the senior nurse daignosed it as a form of rheumatism. i didnt want to take the meds she offered- they had to be taken everyday forever. stupid idea imo.

i have noticed that humidity sets them off. as does being cold. i sleep with socks on - even in these boiling hot summer nights. my feet dont like the draft and once they get cold....the pain kicks in.

also, get some exercise. when i dont get any, my legs reward me with some pain.

avoid eating too many acidic foods....or if you do, eat some alkaline foods too.

lastly, having a hot shower or soaking the feet can help ease the pain.

keeping your knees warm can help too.

good luck.
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Old 18-07-2006, 12:56
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Another potentially stupid thought - how old is your mattress? My aching joints got better when I switched mattress at the beginning of the year.
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Old 18-07-2006, 12:57
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Originally Posted by hiringandfiring

i have noticed that humidity sets them off. as does being cold. i sleep with socks on - even in these boiling hot summer nights. my feet dont like the draft and once they get cold....the pain kicks in.
I get the same in my wrists - cold weather or humidity make the pain flare up.

Isn't it one of those old-person sayings? "The weather's going to turn - I can feel it in my bones"
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Old 18-07-2006, 13:50
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Originally Posted by Just Looking
I know I should probably go to the Drs about this, but...

...recently I've been getting pains in my legs/knees during the night, it's not cramp or anything like that... it's more like pain in the bone, rather than muscle pain.

I had a similar thing when I was younger and the Dr said it was probably growing pains, which I accepted at the time. The only problem is now, I'm not growing anymore!

So, has anyone suffered from anything similar or could suggest anything to make it better?

Thanks in advance
Ohh you sound like you have something simliar to my knee problems. My pains (simliar to yours) started when I was 11 or 12. I went to see a specialist who said that it was probably cause due to my rapid growth ( I was 5'8" by the time I was 12) putting strain on the joints and over time the pain should lessen. He had X-Rayed them and nothing showed up there. He was right and the pain all but went but then when I was 19 / 20 it came back with a vengance. I tied some of this into the fact that I had been in a car crash and left it alone but eventually the pain was too much, it was waking me up at night, I was having to take lots of painkillers etc. So I went back and had an MRI which showed up nothing so had a 'scope put into each of my knees and there was a small amount of bone that was out of place that had to be removed along with some gristle behind the kneecap. This made them a little better but not totally. I attended the physio department here at work and was told to bulk up the muscles around my knees as they weren't supporting the knee itself as much as they should. I was told the exercises should be non or low impact on the joint so cycling and trampolining (sp ) were recommended. I've taken them up in a big way, and bought myself a small trampoline in Argos and use it for about an hour most evenings. Its worked a treat and is also a great way to keep fit I have also gotten a lot of acupuncture over the last year and between everything its made my knees heaps better, me fitter and virtually pain free and so my life a lot better. You should check it out take it from one who knows. PM me if you want to talk about this any more, I've been dealing with this for years
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Old 18-07-2006, 14:07
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If they only hurt at night, it seems it may have something to do with your sleeping posture, possibly due to your mattress, or maybe you need an extra pillow to raise your head; if your head is not well supported it will have an effect on your back and legs.

You could try sleeping with a pillow under your knees; also you may buy knee cushions, which are difficult to describe, but nestle between your knees, when sleeping on your side.
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Old 18-07-2006, 14:13
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Originally Posted by Caramels
If they only hurt at night, it seems it may have something to do with your sleeping posture, possibly due to your mattress, or maybe you need an extra pillow to raise your head; if your head is not well supported it will have an effect on your back and legs.

You could try sleeping with a pillow under your knees; also you may buy knee cushions, which are difficult to describe, but nestle between your knees, when sleeping on your side.
It is odd that they only hurt at night but that was always when mine were most painful. None of the doctors were able to explain that for me. What I used to do was heat one of those cozy cushions up in the microwave and put it across my knees when I was going to bed and the heat from it really did help. To be honest most of the time it helped more than paracetamol.
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Old 18-07-2006, 14:27
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Growing pains don't exist.

It's probably nothing serious but see a Doc if u r concerned.
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Old 18-07-2006, 14:46
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Originally Posted by daveyhairbear
Growing pains don't exist.

It's probably nothing serious but see a Doc if u r concerned.
They can do but aren't the pain of growing as such. Because I grew so fast, when I was 9 I had to spend about 2 months on crutches. This was because my Achilles tendons didn't grow quite as fast as the rest of me and they were being pulled too much and so caused me quite a bit of pain. I was on crutches for that time to rest them and pretty much allow them to catch up with the rest of me and it did work. This was the reason the doctor I saw when I was 12 suggested that the pain in my knees was down to growing pains i.e the ligamets and tendons around the knees may not have grown at the same speed as the rest of me and so were strained on a regular basis. As I said in my first post the pain did lessen once I stopped growing.
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Old 18-07-2006, 15:39
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Originally Posted by Shayera Hol
I get the same in my wrists - cold weather or humidity make the pain flare up.

Isn't it one of those old-person sayings? "The weather's going to turn - I can feel it in my bones"

yup indeed, i think you are right.

when it s humid my bones just go ape. a hot shower is great....and then i have to stand infront of the fan to cool down.


a few years back i was moving house and hurt a nerve/muscle/something in my left neck-shoulder area....ever since that time my left arm and left knee are a wee bit more susceptible to drafts.

during the hot nights i cover up my left leg and arm and left side of my neck and the other half of me is quite happy to be sheet-less.

hehe.

the cold makes it hurt too...the pain begins in my left ear and then travels down to the neck and then shoulder and before long the arm and leg are joining in. silly limbs.
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Old 18-07-2006, 15:54
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Originally Posted by daveyhairbear
Growing pains don't exist.

It's probably nothing serious but see a Doc if u r concerned.

Growing pains do exist; bone development can be faster than muscle development through childhood; therefore if a muscle has not lengthened enough to control a joint, pain can ensue.
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Old 18-07-2006, 21:39
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Thanks for all the advice

I don't ride a bike (I can't ) so it can't be that, but I'll definitely try out some of the things you all suggested.

Thanks again.
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