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Chronically sore and stiff thigh muscles

Hi!

I am 45 years old guy who have been training and competeing my whole life, running, biking and cross country skiing. For the last 10 years I have been exersicing 3-5 times a week.

For the last 2 years, however, I have had a serious problem: my thigh muscles are chronically stiff and sore. In particular, the rectus femoris and vastus lateralis are sore. It feels as if I have just fininshed a hard session with uphill running, even when I just climb a few stairs. My performance is seriously reduced (on a 1 hour standard route I run through the forest, I will typically use at least 10 minutes more with the same effort). If I try to go jogging or skiing at an easy speed for more than one hour, the legs are as stiff as after a really though intervall exercise.

The explanintion I have been given is that I during the winter two and a half years ago have been exersicing too much, with too high intensity and too little variation. Thus the muscles are in a stage of "chronic fatigue" and in a "defence modus" contracting themselves even after very small amount of exercise. I have done all kinds of test, and there is nothing wrong with me in any other way. The diagonsis is simply "wrongfull training".

I have seriously changed my traning programme, including redcing the volume. But the problems wont go away. I have also tried accupucture, cross fiber massage, a strecthing program, but I am still far from having fresh legs.

On the one side I do believe that the diagnosis "wrongfull training" does makse sence, but on the other side I am not that sure. I have not been exercising that hard or that much, and why should it occur as suddenly as it did? Can there be any other physiological explanations?

I understand that my problems are not that uncommon, so hopefully someone can help me? Does anyone has an explanation and a proposal for treatment? It would really make my day :-)

Kind regards
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Hi there!

Sore muscles can be causes by muscular stress/ overwork, erratic physical workout, inflammations, muscular degenerations, systemic infections, a few autoimmune conditions, hormonal/ endocrine abnormalities, micronutrient deficiencies etc. I am not sure what all have you been evaluated for already, but all these are potentially considerable diagnosis. Considering the diagnosis of chronic fatigue, this would have to be corrected slowly and steadily. To begin with one should start with a healthy diet as advised for the height and physical work, with a slightly increased amount of proteins (milk, poultry, eggs, meat, pulses etc) and plenty of fruits and vegetables. When indulging in physical workout one may increase the workload slowly over weeks and care should be taken not to overexert or work beyond a point of fatigue. Before beginning a workout, warm up exercises are recommended. I would also advise seeing a physiotherapist to help with the toning of muscles.
Hope this helps.

Take care!
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