BACKGROUND AND FREQUENCY: I am a male, in my mid 30s. For the most part, I am healthy, with no major diseases. I do have seasonal allergies to treen pollen (Alder). I am probably 25-30 pounds over the weight I'd like, but I'm not in any physical problems (i.e. huffing and puffing walking uphill). For the past year and a half or so, the symptoms first started occuring every 4-5 months. Recently, it seems to be happening every 2-3 months. On days that I go to work, I sleep about 5.5 to 6 hours (usually 5 days a week -8 hour shift, but for the past few months, 4 days a week -10 hour shift). I work sitting in front of the computer daily. On days I don't go to work, I can sleep anywhere between 8-10 hours. Having said that, it appears to resolve around sleeping. My family has no history of muscle issues or narcolepsy. I have no major diseases and do not regularly take medication, except for seasonal allergy medication (around this time).
SYMPTOMS: When I wake up in the morning (and it can be 1-2 hours before I normally wake up, or around the time I usually wake up), my legs, arms and stomach muscles become very weak. If while sleeping, if I attempt to raise my arm straight up, I feel as if my muscles and tendons are very weak and painful, especially if I extend and retract my arm. I can feel my shoulder muscles being very sore too. If I lift my leg (as in sitting down and lifting my legs to put socks on), the muscle pain on my front upper side of that leg is so accute that I can't. I have to lift my leg up with one hand and cross it over my other leg in order to even put socks on. If I try to squeeze my fingers, my finger muscles feel like they are at maybe 20-30% capacity only. When I am in bed, turning/tossing around, such as turning from facing the ceiling to sideways, is extremely painful on my stomach muscles. It feels like I did 10,000 situps the day before and today I'm paying for it. In fact, it takes half dozen tries just to do something that simple!!! For example, I might wake up maybe 1-2 hours before I would normally wake up, and notice these symptoms. I then realize I need to go release myself (urinate) but it's so hard and painful to move; I'd struggle to even get to the side of the bed. When I do get to the side of the bed, I have to pretty much mimic movements like a toddler where I face down on the bed, stick my legs out and then let my legs drop off the side of the bed. When my feet hit the ground, I rest for maybe 30 seconds and then, as if trying to carry 100 pounds, force myself up very hard to even stand up. If I attempt to get up from bed unto my feet, I feel weakness in my legs. I can walk around, but I know something's different. Weird thing is once I do stand up, I can move around. But, just the act of trying to get up is to hard. When I sit down, if I lift my legs up (like kicking the air), it's very painful on the muscles on the front of my legs.
Here's the kicker: if I do NOTHING and go back to bed, or simply force myself to go to work, the symptoms grandually go away. After 3-5 hours, there's absolutely no trace that I just had those symptoms. The best way I can describe it is it feels like I've been excercising hard core for like 3 days straight. My muscles feel that weak and painful!
CAUSES: I've noticed these symptoms occur without any triggers I am aware of. For example, one time it occured the morning after I was excercising. But most of the times though, I haven't done anything, and I mean ANYTHING strenuous the day/night before! The only thing I've been able to tie them to is when I sleep. Usually it happens like 4-5 hours into my sleep, right as I am about to wake up. One evening last week, I fell asleep early, and slept for maybe 2 hours. When I woke up, I noticed mild symptoms. That is the first time I've experienced it in the evenings. It's always been in the mornings. I do not recall any dreams that were disturbing either. I will be going to my doctor, but I wanted to get some feedback from the medical community before I go. Also, I prefer to go to the doctor when the symptoms ARE occuring so he can at least do some tests. Otherwise, 6 hours later, there will be absolutely no symptoms left. Also, when the symptoms are full blown, my neck muscles are fine. I can move my head up, down, left, right, and I feel no pain. I am able talk fine and can swallow fine.
My wife is 4 months pregnant. I'm afraid that one of these mornings, I will need to get up and help her, or pick up my baby, and I won't be able to. One morning, I had to wake up my wife, and asked her to help me sit up on the bed, so I could get up and go to work.
Does anyone know what this is? Could I just be so tense at night sometimes that it triggers my body to do this? Is there some waste byproduct that my kidney isn't filtering out (somehow at night only) that's causing my muslces to be weak? Please provide me links with evidence on these type of issues if someone comes across. I understand someone will always be first at something and it is possible that I am the first person to experience these symptoms.