I am wondering if anyone can help me with a problem I've had for the past few weeks. When I go to sleep, my right leg is fine, but at some point in the night I wake up with a stiff knee and it hurts to bend it. I feel like my knee has rigamortis. If I sleep with my leg bent, it hurts to straighten it; if I sleep with it straight, it hurts to bend it.
When I wake up and move around, it slowly gets better over the course of about an hour or two. Then it feels almost just as good as my left knee the rest of the day, unless I sit still for too long.
I am 35 years old. I have never had any knee injuries or problems previous to this and expected it to go away after a while, but it has not. It woke up in the middle of the night a few weeks ago in pain and I've re-experienced it almost every night since then.
I do not have any medical coverage, so going to the doctor is not an option. Plus I'm drug free. I wouldn't take a prescription even if they prescribed it.
Can you place a small pillow under your knees for sleeping? This may help.
Check your covers, if they are too tight they will hold your legs and feet in odd position during sleep.
Check your pants make sure that the leg has enough give when you walk, move around or sit. It can go unnoticed, and cause knee strain that will baffle you.
See if you have to pull the leg of the pants up to have better range of motion and then you will be aware.
Check your shoes, specifically the heel inside and out. Make sure there is cushion left to 'cushion' your heel and leg.
Have you jumped or done something out of the ordinary? Have you stomped your foot to make a point? Sometimes these things go unnoticed and yet are perfomrd with more morce than is realized causing temporary discomfort.
I would say to try mixing some cayenne pepper with any beneficial oil or ointment or cream and rub on the knee - then wrap with something warm maybe the tube of an old sock and keep warm while sleeping.
Take apple cider vinegar, and drink lots of water.
These things may help, and are very easy to try. If the discomfort continues - then it may be necessary to go down the rest of the list: back alignment, arthritis etc.
I have found that most often when my knee hurts it turns out to be one of the first things I listed, and sometimes even for back pain, it turns out to be an ill fitting pair of pants or shoes...
Thanks so much for your response. I've tried proping my leg up every which way. I have a body pillow and I've tried curling my leg right around a piillow, or sleeping on my back with a pillow tucked under the back of my leg. No matter what I do, my leg becomes stiff. :( My pants are not too tight and I have not done anything strenuous at all on my leg. I've never had a broken bone or a stitch in my entire life. When I relax and watch television, my leg stiffens after even just an hour.
MadArtist had some great suggestions. The pillow is often effective when placed between the knees and sleeping on your side. If those don't work, let me tell you about a combination of supplements that did the trick for my friend's aching knee, my own aching shoulder and my aunt's arthritis:
Ultra Joint Care (contains glucosamine, chondroitin, vitamin C, MSM, and inner filet of aloe vera)
Those and some good organic coconut oil should fix you up. To relieve joint pain topically, my favorite product is Essential Relief which is formulated by Jon Barron and sold at Baseline Nutritionals. Many of the items on the above list are widely available, but you can get all of them from CureZone sponsor Utopia Silver and use the CureZone discount code of LR001 to get 15% off any items not currently on sale.
I can only sleep on my side, but had terrible knee and back pain. I tried a pillow between my knees, but the big one woke me up when I tried to turn over, and I lost the small pillow when I turned over.
So, I developed Sleepy Kneez, an ultra comfortable knee pillow that stays put all night, and doesn't negatively impact the knee cap. Now, I sleep like a baby!