Leg pain, but only when I lay down

Leg pain, but only when I lay down

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Leg pain, but only when I lay down

I know a gazillion of us have leg pain. My seems to be a little different & I'm just wondering if anyone has something similar to mine.

It actually started before my back went "bananas", but was not an every day thing. It only happens when I lay down on one side or the other. Mostly my left side where I have bursitis, but the right side too.

Here's what I found strange; I'm far from a size 0, so it would seem that the side I'm lying on, which is the side bearing the brunt of my weight would be the side that hurts. Nope, it's the opposite, it's the side that's not bearing weight that hurts. The pain is a deep ache that can be in different parts of my leg, or all the way down the leg. Sometimes, in the front of my calf, I swear the pain is deep within my bone.

They only thing that makes the pain go away is if I lay flat on my back. Even when I tried epidurals & got good (but very short) pain relief it did nothing for the leg pain. Neurontin, as well as any & all PM has never touched this leg pain.

I already know it's caused by something in the back pushing on a nerve that's causing it. It just seems so different than what I've heard you all describe. It often wakes me in the middle of the night when I've rolled onto one side or another, but it goes away when I roll onto my back. Thank God, because if it didn't, I don't know what I would do, because the pain is intense & unbearable.

So I'm really _______because I can't sit, stand, or walk more than a few minutes without my back hurting, & when I lay down, there goes my legs.

Just wondering if anybody else has this type of leg pain, & if you found anything that works for it.

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I should add

That since my back & hip went "bananas" 2 years ago, the leg pain is every single day.

The first time I got this pain was shortly after I had 12 bloodclots in my lungs, & I thought I was having a DVT. Went to ER, & all that was ruled out long ago.

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What does your dr say about

What does your dr say about this? Have you ever tried the injections for bursitis?

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Did countless cortisone shots

And it never did any good. My bursitus has finally improved some, because after my fall in October, I finally did what the dr had told me to do for 1 1/2 years, which is to stay off of it. But with a full time job, kids, dance competitions, that was never possible. The dr wanted me off work at least a month, but I had already been out for extended periods of times for previous surgeries, & was afraid to take any more time off, you know how that goes....

Anyway, I fell at work in October, & it royally messed everything in my back up more. The only good thing about that mess is that I was finally able to be off my feet, the bursitus has improved some.

The dr says it's from something in my back pushing on a nerve, which is consistent with what I've read from a lot of people about nerve pain. I've just never heard anyone describe leg pain like mine, so was just curious if anybody had this type of pain.

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I have been suffering with

I have been suffering with something similar for the past week. Mine is in the back of my thigh just below my butt. Intense pain around 3am. I'm starting PT in two days for my SI problem. Hopefully they can help me. I need some sleep!

Artificial disc at L5S1 for 10 years. Had 3 Level lumbar fusion and Laminectomy on Sept 27, 2013. It was an OLIF (Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion) with cages, BMP, rods & screws. Norco, Plaquenil

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MSG

Is your pain accompanied by any numbness? Is it only in your legs, or do you feel it in your buttocks too? For me it's hard to differentiate between deep muscle pain, joint pain and nerve pain. I only have one side affected but the pain is constant no matter what I do. I can feel a deep ache, sharp and shooting, numbness, tingles, throbbing, etc. It happens a lot while lying down, even if the affecting side is up. It could be related to the positioning of your spine when you lay that way? You've probably already heard about laying with a pillow between your legs. Sometimes the surrounding muscles and joints can be affected when you have spinal problems, or walk incorrectly, or not enough. Did you have an MRI showing nerve compression? Are you in PT? Your DR thinks this specific pain is nerve related? Sometimes nerve pain can take many forms, at least in my experience. There is always somewhat of a sharp/shooting pain present, but it can be accompanied by those other pains I mentioned, along with severe spasms. Before my surgery sometimes I would get a little more relief by laying on the affected side. For some reason the pressure felt better then when the affected side was up. I'm not sure why.

Progressive DDD
Osteoarthritis
Chronic S1 Radiculopathy
Discectomy L5-S1 2002
Discectomy, Laminotomy/Foraminotomy L3-S1 January 2014
Bilateral SI Joint Fusion and 2 level spinal Fusion October 2014