My legs have always been strong, so when I found chronic pain in my legs after getting sick, it was really debilitating.
Types and causes of leg pain
When diagnosing fibromyalgia, there are specific areas of the body that are examined called “tender points.”
If a patient shows pain in many of these areas, it is suggested that they suffer from fibromyalgia.
The truth about sensitive points is that they are actually sensitive “areas” instead of stitches, because the pain in and around a muscle radiates to the surrounding tendons, or what are called “trigger points”.
The interesting thing about pain related to fibromyalgia, is that it does not matter if you are standing, sitting or lying down, it still hurts.
The propensity for pain in the lower quadrant of the body is greater because the trigger points are within the layers of the muscles, and the extremely sensitive areas, which are not directly related to any activity or exercise.
l One of my pain areas is on my knees.
However, the pain is not limited to the knee.
The sensitive spots on the inside of the knee can extend
on average 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm.) above and by
under the inside of the knee.
This is important because it helps determine the treatment
This area for me gets worse because I also have osteoarthritis
in both knees.
l Speaking of the knees, the longest muscle and most
used on the leg (also known as the
Sartorius muscle in the quadriceps area), is responsible
of much of our mobility in the lower quadrant
of the body.
When this muscle, and the surrounding muscles
they are out of synch, (due to lack of exercise and activity
due to constant pain and fatigue), all around this
The area also weakens, including tendons and ligaments.
Agility can be lost, and these “areas” of interest become
wider, with the pain of tender points extending
both above and below the location of the real point,
inside the knee.
l Certain activities of daily life can exacerbate
These sensitive areas.
Examples are sitting for long periods of time,
foot in one place, weight displacement
while standing, driving, traveling, cleaning activities, etc.
l Sensitive spots inside the buttocks area too
can radiate pain down the leg, often on the sides, and the
back of the legs.
Hip and leg pain may result because the band
Iliotibial (outside of the legs), extends from the area of the
hip down the side of each leg, and when this area is
Tense, it can cause stinging pain and severe stiffness.
l Weakness and / or shortening of hip abductors
They can also cause extreme rigidity, and decrease mobility.
Iliotibial band syndrome may occur in athletes
through repetition and overuse, but this condition
Painful is not uncommon for people with fibromyalgia.
l How we understand that fibromyalgia manifests with
hypersensitivity in the nerves of the body (pain sensation
near the surface), many patients with fibro also grapple
with pain in the feet and, as a result, in their
It is quite common for people with FM to develop
peripheral neuropathy, due to system malfunction
neurological and also due to malabsorption of vitamins
essentials such as B-12, which is necessary for the correct