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My legs have a very strong dull ache only at night once I lay

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My legs have a very strong dull ache only at night once I lay down in bed. Severe enough to keep me awake. Just started 3 nights ago.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 5 years ago.

Which part of the leg is affected?

Do you take any other medicine?

Do you have any other symptom, redness, swelling, tenderness or previous illness?

Thank you.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Thigh and knee and calf. Both legs. Only other meds are Levothyroxin (50mcg/daily) for hypothyroidism, Finasteride (1 mg/daily) for male pattern baldness. No other symptoms. No previous illness. General good health, 5'11", 183 lbs.
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 5 years ago.
Thank you for the information,

There can be a number of causes for pain in the legs, thighs at night.

Dehydration, deficiency of calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium-electrolytes, vitamins , muscle fatigue etc. can cause it & are frequent factors.

Peripheral artery disease causing circulation abnormalities also can cause pain.

It can also come from pinched nerve at the back.

Systemic diseases like diabetes, low thyroid, or other neurological diseases can cause it.

Sometimes no cause can be apparent too.

When it is continuing, I feel you should have an examination by doctor.

You may try some home measures-

Take plenty of fluid, fruits, vegetables etc.

Electrolyte solution like gatorade can be tried.

Avoid coffee, alcohol, tobacco etc.

Stretching, warm bath can be taken before sleep.

Regular exercise or a walking daily to can be helpful

Vitamin and minerals, calcium supplements can be taken.

I hope this information helps.

I will be happy to assist, if you need any clarification.

Please feel free for any follow up query.

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