Hip flexors? I know for me at 56 I have all sorts of aches and pains I would like to blame on the MS, but are certainly more age/arthritis/useage related.
The stiffness out of the blue does seem to be a common occurance and is often mention here.
I'm sorry you are in pain and that I can be of no further help.
Stay cool up north - we're cooking in SW Ohio. That mention of heat makes me wonder --- With the mention of cramping, is your potassium level ok and are you drinking lots of fluid? That could cause some serious muscle reactions with the extreme heat we have these days.
Mornin' Terri. Can you describe where the pain and cramping is in a little more detail? People describe the hip as a wide area. When a problem is with the actual hip joint (as in arthritis) the pain is usually felt in the groin. The same type of problem in the bones that project from the lumbar vertebrae can cause pain in the buttock and thigh.
Of course the entire hip/pelvic girdle and thigh area is covered in layers of strong muscle. I used to wonder why some PTs would tell me my hamstrings were tight and others would say they were fine. Now I find out what I thought was periodic arthritic stiffness is actually spasticity in those muscles. It helps most to warm them up a little (easy to do right now!) and give them a s-l-o-w g-e-n-t-l-e s-t-r-e-t-c-h. I've been able to avoid using any muscle relaxing drugs for the moment.
If you have been in the pool I'm also wondering if you might have pulled something or over worked a muscle without realizing it. Swimming and/or water walking is excellent exercise and we tend to underestimate how much the water resistance adds to a workout.
Maybe today you should leave the cleaning part of the pool to your 'cabana boy' so you can rest, relax and stretch. Maybe you can also convince him to bring you a potassium packed kiwi paired with a tall bottle of chilled water.
Just a few random thoughts.
Have a great day.
I started noticing this yesterday when I was stepping down into the pool from the ladder. It just felt like it was going to give out with a little pain in the hip joint, which radiates down posterior buttock into posterior thigh.
Maybe, I did exacerbate a muscle from swimming or something, not being that active anymore. Maybe this aggravated spasticity in the hip. Of course, wouldn't you know all my symptoms are mainly right-sided....LOL
Yes, I am plagued by stiffness and pain. I feel it in my lower back, but I do have spinal problems which may contribute to it; doctors can not say how much is MS related or not.
The one area that is clearly MS related is the pain and stiffness in my legs. They feel like there is a tight band around them, usually vfery stiff and painful, making it difficult to maintain balance and walk. It does not matter how hot/cold/humid/wet it is. it isI have been experiencing this for years, however, as Lulu said, some of it may also be the "normal" consequences of age.
Hello. I have been having hip pains on my outter right hip when I take a step or sit down. It's been doing it for 2 days now. I'm only 26, have been tested for RA, since so many people in my family have it and when I went in almost 2 months ago with these symptoms my doctor initially thought it was RA.
I don't know if it is related to this or if it is something that I did while walking around or what not. I'm just going to bring it up to my neuro when I see him in 2 weeks.
Good luck and I hope you can find something to help with the pain soon.
YES! I have alot of hip flexor and extensor pain! Actually, I wound up writhing in HORRIBLE pain for 3 weeks about 4 years ago. Couldn't sit up, couldn't lie on my back even with pillows under my knees. Even pain pills didn't help me. Then, I didn't know I have MS. I'm sorry you're going through this. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. My Dr. gives me Baclofen to try to relieve the spasms.
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