Aching legs and ankles...

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Hi all,

For the past couple of weeks, and on top of everything else, I seem to have developed really achey lower legs and ankles especially at night, in fact it kind of feels weird to just lie in bed as they feel odd, achey and I also feel that I can't lie still - I need to move them!!

If I exercise a bit it relieves the feeling but it comes back and getting up from sitting or out of bed is hard work! I'm 47 but feel 97.

I'm on HRT and recently started a new regime, up until this month I felt the oestrogen side of HRT helped my aches... I stated using utrogestan pessaries and the achiness came on around that time... I've now stopped using the utro for this month but the achey feeling is still there in my legs!

I've googled it (I know, I know - never google!!) and I'm now terrified i have PAD and circulatory disorders as I do have varicose veins which ache now and again but never this bad.

Can anyone relate to this being a meno symptom or am I right to worry?! I'm worried I may have a stroke or MI!!! 😦

I just want it all to go away...

AJ. xx

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    Sounds like a thing called restless leg syndrome . I've read about it before when I looked for itchy legs and hot skin.

    I'm definitely not a doctor but it's worth checking.

    Hope you feel better soon.

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    When i first started peri I got this at night also. A lot of ladies on here get this also. It went away after a few years and now comes and goes just now and then. I guess it's the hormones and maybe at night they shift, I am not sure but I am not on any hormones or anything. Sometimes when I am working out it happens and it's so hard to workout, but I am gentle and it eventually goes away. Hope this helps you!! I read it on here and then tried to let it go. It's hard because its achy and I know exactly what you mean,,,it's like you want to walk..but it aches also. Mine was not restless leg..but i remember looking that up also. It will pass...hopefully sooner for you then later. Your not alone.

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    mine legs become restless just before periods. they ache in the mornings. when im moving around, im ok. i do stretches, else it used to ache more and feel stiff too. i take magnedium glycinate, but not sure if it is helping. i decided to take it for 2 months and discontinue. im almost there. i try not to take any supplements for more than 3 months at a time. if i need to then i give a break first.

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    hi there - i have suffered terribly from this since December - there are times when i feel as though i cant walk & getting out of bed or out of the car or standing up after sitting is horrific - i do yoga & aqua aerobics & have no issues using my legs then - i also have patches of edema around my knees & sometimes around my ankles & my legs feel "puffy" it freaks me out - but i did see on the 66 menopause symptoms that achy legs & edema are symptoms - wtf? i dont suffer from restless legs, but i do take magnesium at night & epsom salt baths with lavendar before bed to help me sleep - ugh!

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    Thanks for all your replies... I did wonder if it's like a restless leg thing but I'm not sure. It is such a horrible feeling... so fed up with it all, just another thing to add to the list I guess.

    Thanks again, hope you all have a good day. xx

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    yes! I am experiencing this as we speak! I want to scream!

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    For two days my legs felt achy, then numb?

    That's the best way I can describe it. I massaged my legs with a combination of ginger oil mixed with grapeseed oil. It really helped.

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    Hi AJacynM

    When I started this menopause hell 4 years ago I developed terrible restless leg symptoms. It would start when I went to bed, and there began my sleep deprivation Big Time!! It was mainly my thigh muscles which would gnaw like crazy, making me toss and turn for only limited relief. I'd end up getting out of bed wandering around the house feeling thoroughly miserable in the early hours. I'd eventually get sooo tired that I'd fall back into bed and sleep, only to wake in the morning feeling like I'd been hit by a bus! During the day I got relief from the gnawing, sometimes I'd feel it but mostly it was night time. I'm glad over this last 6 months it has subsided greatly and only feel it now and again (Thank Heavens!) I tried lots of things - magnesium, epsom salt baths etc, but in the end I had most success with taking ibuprofen before bed, plus using a foam roller and rolling my thigh muscles.... it bloody hurt like heck but I gritted my teeth and bared the pain and it did help me. I honesty got so desperate at one point that I'd read that some people rubbed Vic's chest rub on their legs!!....the numbing did help a wee bit but it was too messy!

    I hope you find some relief as I totally empathise, it affects your whole quality of life/being xx

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      Thank you... I do take magnesium and multi vits but you're right it's awful as it makes me move around all night and is so uncomfortable and exhausting.

      I'll try taking an ibuprofen tab tonight and see if it helps.

      Thanks again.

      xx

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