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Posted by: Annetjie | 2008/06/11

Painful legs

I am a 54 year old woman. I am not overweight, live a healthy lifestyle, and are still working.
I do not have any problems physically during the day, but at night, as soon as I'm asleep for about an hour, I wake-up with extreme pain in my legs. Nothing helps except to get up and to go sit somewhere.
I have been under treatment for this, which included stress treatment, and treatment for malaria as well. I have been to an oncologist, but nothing showed anything wrong. I am desperate! Up to date, nothing has helped me. I do have some arthritis in one or two fingers, though!
Please help me with some suggestions as to what can be the cause of my problem.

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Hallo Annetjie
It may be due to pressure on the lower back nerve roots when you lie down ( positional cause). I would suggest a lower back x/ray and physiotherapist evaluation. Also try sleeping with a pillow under your knees so that your legs are not absolutely flat when you lie down.
Dr Bets

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