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My legs stiffen up when I sit, especially when I drive. I

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My legs stiffen up when I sit, especially when I drive. I noticed it about 6 mos ago when I was crossing my leg to put my shoe on. Is this something I need to worry about? Could it be fibromyalgia?  It is very painful and when I first start to walk, I feel like I'm walking like the Tin Man.

It almost feels like when I stretch, it is very painful at first, but then It feels like it is better. But when I get up to walk, I still am stiff and its painful.

Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your question,
I’m Dr. Saha and I’ll try to help you.
How frequently do you feel it?
Did you have any other significant past illness?
How old are you?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I am a 51 yr old female. I'm pretty active, but I have lost a lot of muscle tone over the past 16 months after I had a hysterectomy. I haven't had any past illnesses, and I feel the stiffness daily. It does seem to worsen when the weather changes.
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for the information,
There can be a few possibilities.
There can be some stiffness after resting in case of arthritis.
This can cause pain.
Loss of muscle tone, myopathy can be there.
Nerve impingement can cause muscle spasm/ stiffness along with pain.
Other neurological conditions like Parkinson's disease can cause stiffness.
Polymyalgia rheumatica is another condition associated with pain & stiffness.
Fibromyalgia is usually associated with stiffness in the morning & may not be the cause.
I would suggest to take an examination by doctor as it is continuing for months.
You can need a few tests to plan treatment.
I hope this information helps.
If there’s anything else I can do, please let me know.
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