quad pain hiking down hill - could this be related to commuting too much?
Could this be related to commuting too much?
I commute 150 miles per week on the bike and rarely get any leg pain while cycling. I've been commuting for years, I'm not a youngster, and I stretch almost every day.
If I hike on the weekend, particularly on Sunday after a day of rest, I can get pain in the quads while hiking downhill or down stairs, the pain can be acute. When it happens, the quads hurt as the knee is bent. MD's, PT's, sports MD's have not figured it out yet.
Am I cycling too much?
Anyone have this problem before?
I'm not asking for a diagnosis, just more data points.
similar problem... did you find relief?
I suffer from a somewhat similar problem. Although I am not a cyclist, I use the ellipitcal machine or walk uphill on the treadmill for about 90 minutes/day, 5 or 6 days a week, and have been doing so for years. When hiking downhill many months ago, my legs cramped up so severely that I couldn't bend my knees, and my legs were shaking from pain. It took me 5 hours to cry my way down the very short hill. I had cramping in my quads, calves, and glutes bilaterally. This has happened several times since the initial time, when walking downhill. It also happens about 1/4 of the time when I run, sometimes occuring at the beginning of my run, sometimes in the middle, and sometimes at the end. This winter, it happened when skiing a double black diamond. It seems almost random, and occasionally it is just one quad that will cramp, sometimes the other leg, or calf, etc... These problems have never happened until this past September, although my activities have been similar throughout the years. I do exercise a bit more on the elliptical in the past 3 years than I have in earlier years, mainly because I moved to the south 3 years ago and exercise indoors more often now. I have seen my general practicioner who tested me for nutritional deficiencies, a rhematologist who tested me for a variety of muscle disorders, and an orthopedic surgeon who referred me to PT. In PT I focused on eccentric strength training and some cardio cross training, like cycling and aerobics classes. I have done this for 4 months and last time I hiked downhill the pain was present almost immediately. I do have a lot of laxity in both of my knees, although the orthopedic docs can't pinpoint how this might be related. It looks like I'm going to the vascular specialist and having imaging of my hips and lumbar spine done next. I'm at a loss.
Did you ever find a solution? Thanks so much.
Pains in Legs for no reason
I suffer from a similar thing. I am 48, been doing sport my entire life. Cycling, running, hiking, snow skiing etc. 6 years ago, my upper legs 'cramped/pained' for no reason in the gym. (could walk to the car). this was while i was doing tricep excercises.
If i play squash i cant walk after 5 minutes. It then feels like my legs are bruised for days. If i dont do sport for a few weeks, its all seems to settle again. this pain comes when i walk down a flight of stairs, down a hill or any 'negative' slope.
I have spend so much money of investigating this, no answers. I have had all the blood tests in the world, vascular checks, ..... really not sure where to go, what to do.
There are no problems with my electrolites but it feels like i run out of 'something' after a few weeks of activity.
any light on the subject??
Originally Posted by AmandaD
some relief from more cardio
Over the past couple of years I've found that I get these excruciating leg cramps most often when I am on a trip/vacation and am not adhering to my usual cardio routine. Even if it's an active vacation (skiing, hiking), if I don't run or get on an eliptical machine almost every day, after a few days I will get the cramps just going down a couple flights of stairs. So I have really tried to make sure I am able to run at least a few miles every day while I'm traveling, and if I can get to a gym to use an eliptical machine for an hour, I find that that helps even more. Although no doctors were ever able to tell me what the real problem might be, I feel like I get some sort of back-up in my system that only a fast-paced sweat can get out.... not very scientific, but it has really helped a lot. My husband thinks I'm crazy going to the gym before we go skiing, but oh well!
Good luck, and please re-post if you find something that works for you... so funny how this forum will resurface every few months!
Originally Posted by George CT