My leg hurts when I don't move it, I can't sleep!

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I have pain in my knee that travels up my leg (think it's arthritis) . It's not that bad when I'm moving it but sleeping is a nightmare! I wake up and because the leg hasn't been moved it is very painful. I was just wondering if there are any pillows that anybody has used they could recommend? I'm only 40 so I don't want to start taking tablets everyday.

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    You could try a magnesium supplement or oil (the latter is not sticky but can irritate your skin at first). Magnesium helps to relax muscles. I never sleep without a pillow between my knees - or underneath them if you sleep on your back. Good luck.

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    you can buy a special pillow support( quite small) that you can put inbetween knees at night, it does help. as a somatic & pilates coach I would suggest movements that will help your muscles to move and not get overtight and cause pain. i have fidgety legs and find this helps, also epsom salt bath before bed is nice & massage your legs afterwards, you can cup your hand around the patella and move it gentlyin 8 directions look up knees/patella on u tube

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    When the pain wakes you up it may be a good idea to get up and walk around for 5 or 10 minutes to get the leg moving again and see if that helps.

    What is the pain like? Do you think it is cramp?


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    Are u taking any medications at all?

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