Leg Pain: Symptoms & Natural Remedies
One of the worst symptoms I suffer with is leg pain. A clinical study from 2011 shows that 50% of the women suffering with endometriosis also experience some sort of leg pain.1 Studies have not yet been able to prove the actual relationship between the two just yet. But researchers out there are hopefully on their way to figuring it out.
My experiences with leg pain
I noticed my leg pain began a few years before my actual endometriosis diagnosis. There would be times my legs would give out or pain would become so severe that tears would form in my eyes. Being out in public started to become a problem. I never knew when my leg pain was going to act up. Trying to hold it together in public, with my legs feeling like they were going to break off, was tough.
A lot of times, I experienced pain that would start in my pelvis area and would radiate down my leg to the tips of my toes. Monitoring when this would occur was difficult because it started to happen daily. And it was hard to pinpoint what was actually causing it. Good days would occur when the pain was only happening in one leg.
Tracking my pain
After months of tracking the pain, I was able to pinpoint the pain starting right around my menstrual cycle. When I finally received my endometriosis diagnosis, it was clear to me why this leg pain was occurring. My endometriosis had to be the cause of this pain.
Once I understood what the potential cause could be, I started to really crack down and find remedies that would be able to help control my pain. At the time, it was becoming to the point I didn't even want to move. I do want to add, though, that what works for me may not work for you. Please always remember to talk with your doctor before adding or trying any new treatments.
Here are a few things I like to do, when I am experiencing leg pain.
Stretching & walking
Trust me, when I decided to start doing this, I cringed. I was just complaining I could barely walk. Why would I want to do this? But, to be honest, getting outside and going for a brisk walk always seemed to relax my aching legs. The fresh air, the sound and sight of nature, and just moving allowed me to forget about the pain I was in. Some days, I truly do not feel well enough to get out, so I walk very slowly on the treadmill, but I still seem to get a positive result. Always remember to also stretch your legs, even if they are not hurting. Here are a few of my favorite stretches I like to do.
This has been my life savor. When I would experience leg pain, the only thing that would comfort me is weight. I would make my husband sit on my legs and apply pressure. I guess he started to become tired of doing that because he ended up buying me a weighted blanket! The feeling of the weight resting on my legs always calms and relaxes me and helps keep my pain under control. Amazon has several different blankets to pick from. They may be a bit pricey, but it is such a great investment.
Many of you are familiar with this, as this is pretty much the "endo diet". But it doesn't just help my bloated endo belly; I also noticed it has helped with pain all over... including my painful legs. I will be honest, it took me a lot of trial and error, trying to figure out exactly which foods worked well with me and which ones did not. But here is a list of foods I try to avoid.
- Fried foods
- Red meat
I try to make sure I drink a lot of water and eat more leafy greens, along with fish and chicken. As I said before, all of this is not only helpful with my leg pain, but also my endo belly bloat!
I have written many columns and posts about yoga; It is truly something that I have found very helpful in my life. For me, yoga is not about doing all these crazy moves. In fact, one of my most favorite moves called, Viparita Karani, is something I do every single day. It is known to help refresh tired legs. I try to do it first thing every morning to help wake up my legs and get the blood flowing. But, sometimes, I also like to do it before bed or in the middle of the day, depending on my pain level!
CBD oil & CBD cream
One of the last things I like to use for my leg pain is CBD oil and cream. I would have to honestly say, this has been the BEST remedy so far for me. Both seem to work fast. The oil I take every morning and tends to keep my pain all together down. Sometimes, I do get that "Charlie Horse" feeling in my leg and when that happens, I rub some CBD cream on, and the pain seems to dwindle away within minutes. It is truly amazing and has been my lifesaver.
Have you altered your diet to try and reduce your endometriosis symptoms? If so, did it help?