Arm and leg pain
Posted 05 December 2008 - 11:08 AM
I was just wondering if others have a similar symptom. My arms and legs are stiff and sore all the time and it can make simple tasks difficult, but when I am sleeping they are at their worst.
I am aware of the pain through my sleeping time even when I dream the pain factor is in my dreams too. I cannot just turn over in bed as my arms and legs hurt so much I have to half wake up and plan how to turn my body over, ya know what I mean, which limb hurts the least type of thing. And by the time I wake in the morning I cannot just get out of bed I have to slowly start to move each arm and leg through this awful pain until I can manage to sit up. Once I am eventually up and I start moving again the pain goes back to its normal stiffness and soreness which is manageable not excruciating like what I get when my body is at rest.
Its so puzzling as I would have thought the opposite would happen if you are resting the pain should subside, but that is not my experience. Do others get this too?
Posted 05 December 2008 - 01:44 PM
I don't know why, but I too have a lot of pain sleeping. I don't have it as much in my legs but it is really bad in my arms and elbows. I also have dreams about it. It drives me crazy. I wake up and have to sit up and I can't get comfortable. I get really hot at night and it makes me sick to my stomach. Between the pain in my arms and night sweats it is hard to get good sleep.
I guess it has to be the disease. My doctor never says much about it. I believe it has to do with my circulation, and lying down restricts it. I also know that if I use my arms a lot during the day, they hurt more that night.
I hope it gets better for you!
Posted 05 December 2008 - 07:17 PM
I too have the same problem. It isn't an easy thing to deal with and I can only take acetaminophen for it which does not work well. When it is intolerable I get up and walk a little and move my arms. The stretching seems to help. The same thing will happen if I sit for too long. Resting has become an enemy sometimes. Sorry I don't have a solution and sorry you are in so much discomfort.
With gentle thoughts,
Posted 05 December 2008 - 10:27 PM
I also can sympathise with you, my pain and stiffness is also getting beyond a joke. I am stiff in the ankes,achilles tendons, feet, it has also progressed to my lower back and hips. I also get terrible joint and muscle pain, mainly in my legs. I take pain meds for this as well as amitriptyline (Endep in Australia) for depression. It also has a pain killer in it and promotes me to get into the deep sleep cycle. My rheumatologist mentioned that having Scleroderma, it can affect the way you sleep. I could have 12 hours sleep a night and wake up exhausted as my sleeping patterns had been all altered and I wasn't getting into the deep sleep cycle. I shall mention it when I go to Monash in a couple of weeks time. I have also noticed that when I don"t sleep well, in the morning my pain seems to be a lot worse. This last week I have felt as though I have been beaten in the chest area it is so sore in the bone area.
I hope you find some relief soon and know that you are not alone in all of this.
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Posted 06 December 2008 - 12:16 PM
I know with me, I am mostly active throughout the day, even if I have trouble breathing, I will do some chores then rest for 10-15 minutes and so on. I know the pain is there but because I am mostly busy, with a 4 year old , I don't dwell on it. The pain finally hits me around 4pm, most days, and I struggle to get dinner, bath done for my son. Around 7pm when he is in bed, I practically collapse on the couch and thats usually when I take my pain meds. Luckily my husband does the dinner dishes for me. There is no way I could sleep with the pain, it is like a nagging toothace 50 times worse, in all my joints and muscles.
I think If I were to do not much during the day time, I wouldn't have the muscular joint pain, but the stiffness would be so bad. It's a no win situation, I don't take pain meds during the day time, as I like to be alert especially if I am driving a car.
Hope this has helped some.
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Posted 08 December 2008 - 07:39 AM
The muscles must contract and get tight all day and the pain come from these contractions.Tizanidine loosens that up during the night and WOW for me there is such a difference. I went swimming with no pain this morning. Susie54 I have MCTD
Posted 08 December 2008 - 09:14 AM