tshakur
Legs are constantly sore, overly tired, and fatigued - Doctors advice needed 6/7/2012 9:14PM Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I am coming to letsrun for help.

I am a former (aged 24) college 400m guy. I do not train anymore but still somewhat fit. This issue has gotten so bad lately that I am need of help. Here it is:

I work retail so I am on my feet for about 7 hours a day. It isn't labor intensive, just a lot of standing. When I get home my legs are so tired and worn out that I have to sit or lay down from when I get home at 7 until the next morning. I understand I should be worn out from work but this is too much. I've tried changing shoes and have orthodics and nothing works. Sometimes the soreness will cause a limp. Even on Saturdays when I can just lounge around my legs are in constant pain and feel fatigued. I had this problem in college too but just wrote it off as sore from training.

I've read about poor circulation or low iron levels. I eventually will go to the doctor its just that I'd rather do some research on my own before I go since funds are quite low. The problem has gotten so bad its beginning to effect my mood and make me depressed.Sometimes I just will sleep all day in order to rest my legs.My energy level seem to be decreasing big time. For a while I just thought that because I have a big sprinters butt and thighs that maybe its just heavy legs but this seems unreasonable.

Does anyone have any advice?
tshakur
RE: Legs are constantly sore, overly tired, and fatigued - Doctors advice needed 6/7/2012 9:18PM - in reply to tshakur Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
And just to add-

I do have a history of high blood pressure. Even since the age of 17 I had high bp. For my NCAA physical I even had to go to a heart specialist to make sure everything was OK. Recently I was given blod pressure medicine.
Hope this helps
RE: Legs are constantly sore, overly tired, and fatigued - Doctors advice needed 6/7/2012 10:09PM - in reply to tshakur Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Some blood pressure medications can disrupt the formation of CoQ10. CoQ10 is involved in your electron transport chain in your cells mithochondria. The electron transport chain is responsible for making ATP which is your body's energy. If meds disrupt CoQ10 synthesis, it can manifest as you having a lack of energy.

Some natural supplements that won't effect energy production, but will have a positive effect on blood pressure are a liquid multi-mineral and multivitamin, Fish Oils (EPA & DHA in 2:1 ratio), and CoQ10(400mg). Also the CoQ10 is good for your lack of energy since that seems to be the main problem. Also, drink a lot of water and eat healthy if you already aren't.
wha huh?
RE: Legs are constantly sore, overly tired, and fatigued - Doctors advice needed 6/7/2012 10:25PM - in reply to tshakur Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Happens a lot to people who work on hard surfaces where a lot of standing is involved, especially with not much walking. You may have orthotics but you probably need more cushioning AND bite the bullet and get into better exercise, even if you are tired. It will pay off in a few weeks time.
T shakur
RE: Legs are constantly sore, overly tired, and fatigued - Doctors advice needed 6/7/2012 10:29PM - in reply to wha huh? Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I just started the bp meds so I do not think that's the cause.

I have considered the cushion but I have tested working in running shoes and still have pain.

I don't work out anymore and I'm slowly beginning to this running again may help. But even when I did run I had this problem

Could a thyroid problem exist?
ttc
RE: Legs are constantly sore, overly tired, and fatigued - Doctors advice needed 6/7/2012 10:30PM - in reply to tshakur Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day & nourish yourself. Seriously, these make a real difference.
Montesquieu
RE: Legs are constantly sore, overly tired, and fatigued - Doctors advice needed 6/7/2012 11:00PM - in reply to T shakur Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Sorry for your troubles. Maybe you should get tested for gluten intolerance or celiac disease. One common symptom of these is joint pain (and fatigue).
Stuart Douglas
RE: Legs are constantly sore, overly tired, and fatigued - Doctors advice needed 6/7/2012 11:58PM - in reply to tshakur Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Is it possible you lost a lot of muscle in your legs ? When I stopped training my leg muscles (quads especially) atrophied big time and they felt tired, heavy and dead all the time. Did you lift a lot of weights when you were competing?
Nutritionizer
RE: Legs are constantly sore, overly tired, and fatigued - Doctors advice needed 6/8/2012 1:27AM - in reply to tshakur Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
How much water, electrolytes, and protein do you get daily? These are common causes of soreness, fatigue, and slow recovery.
the average male runner
RE: Legs are constantly sore, overly tired, and fatigued - Doctors advice needed 6/8/2012 2:10AM - in reply to Stuart Douglas Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
The blood is pooling in your legs. You could also be at risk for blood clots. Don't remain seated for too long, try to move around every 20-30 min even if you are standing. You coud also wear compression socks and shorts/tights.
tshakur
RE: Legs are constantly sore, overly tired, and fatigued - Doctors advice needed 6/8/2012 12:18PM - in reply to the average male runner Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Thank you for all the responses.

I am unsure if my depression is being caused by my constantly sore legs or the other way around. With a job I do not like, not working out, and alcohol I think my legs/body is taking a toll.

Starting yesterday I begun abstaining from alcohol and eating better. I am not sure if I should start working out now or simply relax to try to let my body calm down. I am going to consider buying some compression socks and will wear my former racing tights as underwear under my jeans.

Its amazing how at a very young age I can be so depressed and worn out. The phase between college and career is odd...always poor and tired. Real world hours mixed with the partying/drinking lifestyle of a college kid is not healthy.




Does anyone else have experience with this?
tshakur
RE: Legs are constantly sore, overly tired, and fatigued - Doctors advice needed 6/8/2012 12:19PM - in reply to tshakur Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Thank you for all the responses.

I am unsure if my depression is being caused by my constantly sore legs or the other way around. With a job I do not like, not working out, and alcohol I think my legs/body is taking a toll.

Starting yesterday I begun abstaining from alcohol and eating better. I am not sure if I should start working out now or simply relax to try to let my body calm down. I am going to consider buying some compression socks and will wear my former racing tights as underwear under my jeans.

Its amazing how at a very young age I can be so depressed and worn out. The phase between college and career is odd...always poor and tired. Real world hours mixed with the partying/drinking lifestyle of a college kid is not healthy.




Does anyone else have experience with this?
asdfasdf
RE: Legs are constantly sore, overly tired, and fatigued - Doctors advice needed 6/8/2012 12:38PM - in reply to tshakur Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Start working out. It'll be good for you emotionally as well as physically.
Aburns
RE: Legs are constantly sore, overly tired, and fatigued - Doctors advice needed 3/3/2013 1:02PM - in reply to tshakur Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I suffered everything you said for 8 years, when i sat down after work it was worse!! been to hospital got meds nothing worked until I went to see a biomechanical guy who within two mins said my leg tendon was too short, ( test this by lying down and pointing big toe towards nose).
I was to do stretching exersice but I now wear fitflop s, and asics trainers when on my feet all day, I do try to sit for 10 mins now and agin but the difference is astounding for me. I can control it by wearing a wedge at my heel even in my slippers, I never walk in bare feet now!
Just having that small heel lift has changed the extreme tiredness, the pain and depression at having the leg pain.
I'm glad I don't need the meds that I was prescribed. Hope this helps.. Do try the fitflop s!!
Aburns
RE: Legs are constantly sore, overly tired, and fatigued - Doctors advice needed 3/3/2013 1:02PM - in reply to tshakur Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I suffered everything you said for 8 years, when i sat down after work it was worse!! been to hospital got meds nothing worked until I went to see a biomechanical guy who within two mins said my leg tendon was too short, ( test this by lying down and pointing big toe towards nose).
I was to do stretching exersice but I now wear fitflop s, and asics trainers when on my feet all day, I do try to sit for 10 mins now and agin but the difference is astounding for me. I can control it by wearing a wedge at my heel even in my slippers, I never walk in bare feet now!
Just having that small heel lift has changed the extreme tiredness, the pain and depression at having the leg pain.
I'm glad I don't need the meds that I was prescribed. Hope this helps.. Do try the fitflop s!!
space
RE: Legs are constantly sore, overly tired, and fatigued - Doctors advice needed 3/20/2013 10:50PM - in reply to tshakur Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I've been suffering from sore, achy legs like I just went on a big hike. Turns out I was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease called "Pompe Disease". A lack of an enzyme to break down glycogen in the muscles leads to muscle damage. I would get checked for it even if you don't have any relatives with it. It's kind of rare but there are other neuromuscular disorders.
Dave Z
RE: Legs are constantly sore, overly tired, and fatigued - Doctors advice needed 8/11/2013 11:57AM - in reply to tshakur Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I know this is a late post, but to help those who have stumbled upon this page I'll put in my two cents.

Standing on your feet all day will cause your hamstrings to tighten up along. Your glutes will also not be very active unless you are walking a lot or squat lifting. To top it off, sitting with your legs bent will also do the same. So your rest is compounding the problem.

The solution is to activate your glutes and stretch out your hamstrings. Stretch after your morning shower and the throught the day. Just keep your legs straight and touch your toes. To activate your glutes, just flex and hold for five to ten seconds.
FromMontana
RE: Legs are constantly sore, overly tired, and fatigued - Doctors advice needed 8/11/2013 12:08PM - in reply to Dave Z Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
This helped me when I was in the same condition: rest for at least a week or two, one teaspoon of magnesium citrate a day (half in the AM, half in the PM), 6,000 IU's of Vitamin D a day along with sunbathing, and a little ferrous sulfate every day taken with Vitamin C. Runners run themselves into deficiencies, especially in the magnesium, Vit D, and iron departments. Vitamin C helps with absoprtion of the iron. This got rid of a supreme dead-leg situation I was in. And it has never returned.
jjjjjjjjj
RE: Legs are constantly sore, overly tired, and fatigued - Doctors advice needed 8/11/2013 12:49PM - in reply to tshakur Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
quit your job and work in something else, while doing those other things mentioned. good luck.
mcflounder
RE: Legs are constantly sore, overly tired, and fatigued - Doctors advice needed 8/11/2013 1:00PM - in reply to jjjjjjjjj Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
sore legs, fatigue and depression could indicate low thyroid, would be good to get that checked out. my wife developed Hashimoto's disease. Sore legs, tired, fatigued, depressed, hair loss, couldn't tolerate heat/cold.

I was looking back at before and after pictures - one summer all of the pictures were of us out hiking, biking, running and the next summer it was pictures of her on the couch. Had the Hashimoto's diagnosed, started taking thyroid meds and went gluten free. Now she is back to normal.