10:16 pm - 03/02/2010

leg cramps during period

When I get my period I tend to get pain all the way down my thighs.  The pain is on par with my uterine cramps, but obviously nowhere near my uterus.  I have no idea why this happens, and I noticed this month that although yoga really improves my uterine cramps, my legs still ached.  I don't get it.  It's definitely associated with my cramps, which are pretty bad, but it's not like my uterus is in my thighs!  

Anyway ideas what could be causing this?  Or even just has anyone else experienced this?  
rjade829 3rd-Mar-2010 04:20 am (UTC)
Yup, I get them quite often before/during my period. I think it's normal. :)
renee_de_la_mer 3rd-Mar-2010 04:51 am (UTC)
Happens to me fairly frequently during my period, but especially when I have a really tense, crampy one. It's definitely an ache, like I've been doing deep squats all day and the muscles are quivering, literally trembling with fatigue and soreness. I theorize maybe I tense up my quads as well as my abs and back when I get really hurty.

You're not alone. =]
ljquin 3rd-Mar-2010 05:04 am (UTC)
Me too.
When I first got periods the pain was always in my lower back. After a few years it began radiating to my bottom and tops of legs also. Now it's mostly abdominal and thighs. I think it's just radiating pain in much the same way as cardiac pain can be felt in the arm and jaw.
disturbedme 3rd-Mar-2010 06:52 am (UTC)
I posted about this a week or so ago when I had my period. I hate having my period because the menstrual cramps are just SOOOO bad.... and I've always had *some* thigh pain with my menstrual cramps, but this last period the thigh pain was EXTREME and mostly in my right leg. The pain in my thigh was worse than in my uterus area. It was debilitating. All I could do was lay in bed and cry because the prescription pain med I had taken was not working whatsoever. Putting the heating pad over my thigh helped somewhat, but definitely not entirely.

It really sucks. I wish I knew what caused it, but I don't. It's awful and you're not alone. I fear getting my period because of the pain it puts me through every single month. :-(
faithed 3rd-Mar-2010 10:00 am (UTC)
Perhaps it's time to see a doctor about your pain?
Fearing your period is not good :(
frolicnaked 3rd-Mar-2010 01:33 pm (UTC)
I don't want to presume to know about disturbedme's experience, but considering they mentioned taking a prescription pain reliever, I wonder if it's possible that they already have seen or are continuing to see a health care provider regarding the pain. The time between seeking medical attention and finding effective pain management can sometimes be... substantial, to say the least.
faithed 3rd-Mar-2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
Ah must have missed that bit!
As someone who had years of investigation for my period pain I am well aware of referral times, etc. :)
disturbedme 3rd-Mar-2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
Yes, my doctor knows about my menstrual pain. I was prescribed Naproxen for it at least a year ago... and though it helps most times, I usually am in pain again only six hours after taking it.

I wonder if there is anything stronger that can be prescribed? I will have to ask my doctor about this.
frolicnaked 3rd-Mar-2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure about an individual NSAID that's stronger, but there is the option to combine an NSAID (like naproxen) with a pain reliever that uses another mechanism of action, like acetaminophen or an opioid (or an NSAID, acetaminophen, and an opioid). There's also the option to combine it with something that's not a medicine, like a TENS unit.

I'm not saying that all those options are appropriate for you (I'm not a health care provider, and I'm over the Internet; I just can't know), but yes, there are options.
faithed 3rd-Mar-2010 10:00 am (UTC)
My Sister has this, so you aren't alone.
Just curious, are you drinking enough? One of the things my sister was told was to increase her fluid intake overall.
thedorkygirl 3rd-Mar-2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
My Bummy (grandmother) taught me this: when my leg cramps during my period, I take a calcium supplement to get rid of it. It worked so well that I actually just take calcium every day, now, just because I love not having those damn cramps!!
archangelbeth 3rd-Mar-2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
I get 'em sometimes. Especially if I'm stinting on the ibuprofen. I think it's just a sympathetic response to the uterine cramps. (Plus it can develop into a vicious cycle of its own; they ache, so I tense them, so they ache more, so I keep tensing them...)
themaybaby 3rd-Mar-2010 03:27 pm (UTC)
I do this every period, always have, no idea why!
foxriver 3rd-Mar-2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
I used to get them a lot more than I do now, but they are horrible! My legs hurt and they are really restless... I used to have a difficult time sitting at a desk at school.
coco1040 4th-Mar-2010 03:55 am (UTC)
I'm curious to know what part of your legs cramp up. My brother, a chiropractor, described the muscles connections to me, and basically, the same muscle group connects the ovaries/uterus/labia/inner thigh/front of hip. I get super tight muscles on the fronts of my legs during menstruation, between the hip bone and my mound. Massaging those muscles out, and stretching, really help with my menstrual aches and pains.
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