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weemama - November 21

Hi everyone: I seem to be having problems with the upper front of my leg muscles. When I kneel down on the floor at work to do something or to clean, I can't get back up because I seem to have no strength in my upper legs...and the next day they really hurt...also my lower back. It goes away for about a week, and then it is back again. Does anyone else have this problem? If so, please let me know if there is anything I can do to alleviate the is kind of embarrassing asking for help up off of the floor.


Donna10112 - November 21

Hi weemama, I'm new to the site and I saw your post and wanted to respond. I've had FM for 30 years and have seen lots of symptoms/problems come and go. About 5 years ago, I was in the hospital for a week. When I got home I went to a store and bent down to look at something. I then realized I didn't have the muscle strength to get back up again. I used my hands on the floor to push up helping my thigh muscles to stand again. I wasn't overly concerned at the time because it is common for muscles to weaken when not used for a period of time (like a week in the hospital). However, it has not gone away in all this time. I am now 54 years old and have heard that as we age our thigh muscles weaken and can even contribute to falls and hip fractures in our 60's and beyond. For this they recommend an exercise to strengthen the thigh muscles. Sit on the edge of a chair and slowly stand up and sit down again. Over time the muscles should become stronger. However, I lived in a townhome for 3 years with 2 flights of stairs and that still didn't help.
Just another thought, the pain in your muscles could be from lactic acid build up which is the same pain we felt as kids after doing too many sit-ups. I'm afraid the best you can do for this is to eliminate sugar and yeast from your diet. When they are broken down in our digestion, they form toxins that can collect in our muscles. I did a project lately that required a lot of squating. For the next 5 days I had the lactic acid pain and the only thing I knew to do for it was to force fluids- mostly water to flush out my system. I still have to use my hands on the floor to push myself back up once I kneel or squat. I try to be cool about it and don't think other people notice. Hope this helps. I wish you all the best. Donna10112


Stacey373 - November 21

Hi weemama - I'm not sure what I've been going through is the same as what you are talking about....but it does seem similar. I was on my feet last weekend for my daughter's b-day party. I didn't do anything to push myself or whatever...was just on my feet for a couple of hours or so. the next day I couldn't lower back and legs hurt SO BAD I couldn't even walk. this lasted for 3 or 4 days and after trying to walk the first day (hoping I could work it out and feel better by moving) I finally just sat on my couch and took it easy the rest of the time.

I don't know if it's going to come back again....I sure hope not! Maybe just taking it easy and resting your legs and body might help you a little. Just a thought...I hope you feel better, Stacey :o)


canadacalling - November 23

Hi Donna 10112: Your post was extremely well written; I have the same amount of time with the FM since 1990 diagnosis and have seen things come and go as well Now I know why I fall so much, my thigh muscle give way. The exercise you describe I learned in a class and now you mentioning this I must do this at home, right away when I can't seem to find the energy to go to classes. Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention. I also have very bad TMJ and right now it is unbearable; and as I have switched Doctors do not want to make another appointment just to get a different pain pill. Cymbalta does not work, and find I have to have a strong narcotic Percot ( in Canada). It is the only thing that works for me, and I hoard them because they (Dr.) always are reluctant to give them to me. Fantod will understand this - she is sthe person with a lot of knowledge on the forum and I love her for this. Regards. Susan



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