I am 57 year old male 5' 7" 235 lbs.We sleep on a superb quality mattress. Also when the above symptoms occur I also get cramps in my leg(calf) muscles. True I am getting over a severe chest cold I suffered with the past week. Does that have anything to do with these symptoms too?
Are you taking cholesterol control meds? This is a symptom of those and other medications. I'd go over your meds- and check the side effects. And, yes, you can get back pain from coughing, etc., but that shouldn't affect your legs. Try eating some bananas and strawberries- they are high in potassium, which also is a factor in cramps. Some people take a cholesterol med and get sick in a few days-some have it hit them 7-11 years later. If it keeps up-see a doctor about that. I got sick this summer, and I actually sprained my back from tossing and turning in bed. Don't put me down too much-I just finished building and painting soffits in the kitchen, and now I'm tearing out dry wall.
Men and women need calcium as they age. Low calcium increases muscle aches and cramps. A simple blood test can check for this.
A few things you can do. More walking will keep the toxins moving out of your lymphatic system so muscle won't cramp as much. Second, if ankles are swelling you need to get in to see a doctor right away. This indicates other problems you may to know about.
And finally, your weight is too high for your height. That extra weight puts strain on your back and legs during the day. When you sleep at night the muscles relax. Since they are over used they cause pain. Too long at this weight will also pull the spine out of alignment and soon you will be having all kinds of back troubles. So consider this too.
The cold has nothing to do with it. However if you actually have influenza then be cautious with your health and watch for difficulty breathing.
I suggest a visit to the doctor and check how your health and back in general are doing. It's the start of a new year and a wonderful time to begin a search for your poor back. Write any time, Karen
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