Cramping sensation in left leg when sitting down or standing still

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So I have been having leg pains since April, so around 6 months now. I believe it was caused by not stretching properly before exercising, but thats unclear. Whenever I sit down or stand still for more than 20 minutes, I begin to have a tightening sensation in my left leg which I can only compare to a cramp. Interestingly, I don't have any pain when I lie down completely flat. The pain/ache is underneath my leg and is mostly located above and below my knee, the pain seems to stem from my upper thigh. I went to see my physiotherapist for an assessment, she said that the pain was due to me growing a lot in a short amount of time, which is true; I recently underwent treatment for crohns disease which meant I started growing much faster. She gave me two stretches to repeat 2 times, holding for 30 seconds, 4 times a day, for 6 weeks. It has been 16 weeks now and I am still suffering from the same pain and symptoms. Has anyone experienced anything similar and maybe have any solutions they found? I am studying at college, so leg pains when sitting down is incredibly inconvenient for me.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

For context, I am a 17 year old male.

The two stretches my physiotherapist recommended:

Hamstring stretch 7:

Quadricep stretch:

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    Hi Isaac, personally I would go to a chiropractor or an osteopath rather than a physio. A chiropractors mum that I know said most peoples problems are caused by tight muscles which I know is true. But if your problems are coming from your back which they could be then I definitely wouldnt be using that method for my hamstrings. One thing Ive come across recently which I didnt know about is a massage foam roller. I got mine from Amazon and the reviews were fantastic, mine is the Maximo fitness foam roller, its not easy for me to use (Im 63 so no spring chicken) but I do my best and yes if the muscles are tight then it does hurt but my goodness me, after only one go with it, within half an hour I felt so much better. I also came across a fantastic exercise for knee pain on Youtube which literally only takes a minute and after weeks of pain I feel so much better. Sitting on the bed like that with legs out straight puts tremendous strain on the back. Anyways Best of luck.

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