Tired and achy legs

Tired Legs and Feet

Tired Legs and Feet is a condition sometimes referred to as tired leg syndrome.
Tired leg syndrome can occur as a result of venous insufficiency and can cause heavy or tired feet and legs. Venous insufficiency is a condition in which improper blood flow causes swelling, varicose veins, and/or edema.

Tired leg syndrome, or tired feet and legs, may also be caused by neuropathy, or nerve damage. Generally tired feet cause your legs and feet to feel sore and heavy, and walking may become painful.

Prevent and Treat Tired Legs and Feet

If you’re experiencing tired feet or tired leg syndrome, talk to your doctor or health care provider about treatment options. Tired feet and legs can be caused by a variety of different things from leg health problems and swelling to injuries and trauma. Your tired feet may be a symptom of an underlying health condition that should be addressed by a medical professional. Often once the underlying health condition is treated, your symptoms of tired leg syndrome disappear or at least lessen.

If your tired feet and legs are being caused by poor circulation in your legs, you can try simple exercises such as walking to help alleviate the pain. Walking and avoiding prolonged sitting or standing will help improve your circulation. You can also try lying down for at least five minutes at a time a few times throughout the day with your legs elevated above the level of your heart. This will also help improve your circulation by working with gravity to push the blood from your legs to your heart.

Graduated support stockings and socks are often doctor recommended to help prevent and treat tired feet. This special footwear can help energize your tired legs and feet by promoting healthy blood flow between your legs and heart.

Check out some of our most popular brands of compression stockings made to relieve tired legs and feet.

This is only general information and is not meant for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions. Always consult your physician or other health care provider about all health concerns, conditions, and recommended treatments.

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What causes heavy aching legs?

Heavy legs can be a sign of a number of conditions or disorders in the body.

Varicose veins

Share on PinterestWhen legs feel weighed down or aching, it may be due to an underlying condition, such as varicose veins.

Varicose veins are veins that look more apparent, larger, and knotty than surrounding veins.

As blood circulation gets worse, blood starts to pool in the legs due to factors such as the effects of gravity and the veins losing their elasticity.

Varicose veins can appear for a number of reasons, including:

  • obesity
  • aging
  • hormonal imbalances, such as those during perimenopause and pregnancy
  • people whose occupations require them to stand or sit
  • lack of physical activity in general

Varicose veins may lead to issues such as blood clots, which in turn cause swelling and pain. They may also influence skin sores, which could be difficult to heal.

Overtraining

Feeling a bit of tiredness in the legs for a few days after a particularly intense workout is normal. However, when athletes train themselves to push past their limits on a regular basis, they risk overtraining their muscles.

Overtrained muscles do not have time to repair themselves before people use them again. The result is often sluggish, weak, or heavy muscles. Athletes, such as cyclists and runners, may complain of heavy legs if they have been pushing themselves too hard.

Nervousness and restless leg syndrome

Restless leg syndrome often causes an uncontrollable feeling in the legs that is jittery, shaky, or numb.

The temporary remedy is often as simple as moving them. Until the legs move, they may have a heavy feeling to them.

Many people will shake their legs or tap their feet to try and relieve the symptoms, which is where the syndrome gets its name.

Chronic venous insufficiency

Heavy legs may also be a sign of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).

The pressure of gravity makes the heart work harder to pump blood back up to the heart from the feet and legs. The feet and legs have a series of one-way valves designed to keep blood from falling back down.

The veins and valves in a person with CVI become weak, which can often cause complaints such as tired, heavy legs, swelling, and spider veins.

CVI may be more common in people who stand for long periods of time, as standing can put tremendous strain on the veins in the lower legs and feet.

A few risk factors play into CVI, including:

  • poor nutrition
  • extra weight
  • sedentary lifestyle
  • lack of exercise
  • pregnancy
  • aging

Peripheral arterial disease

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a type of cardiovascular disease that can affect the veins and arteries. Symptoms start to appear when fat builds up in the walls of the arteries, which makes it difficult for blood to pass through.

PAD is common in the legs, where it can partially cut off circulation to the feet and legs and cause them to ache, feel heavy, or have cramps.

Risk factors for PAD include things like high blood pressure and cholesterol, smoking, and diabetes.

Heavy legs and obesity

Share on PinterestBeing overweight or obese may place extra strain on the legs, causing them to feel heavy or to ache.

Being overweight or obese may influence a number of other disorders that cause heavy legs, but the heavy legs may also be an issue directly linked to the extra weight.

Carrying extra weight can put more pressure on the joints, muscles, and tendons in the leg, especially if the person stands for long periods throughout the day.

An overweight person with a sedentary lifestyle may also have circulation problems that could worsen feelings of heaviness in the legs.

Obesity is a risk factor for some of the other disorders that cause heavy legs. Losing weight may help reduce symptoms or improve the general health.

Heavy legs during pregnancy

Heavy legs are commonly experienced during pregnancy. This may be due to a combination of the extra weight the legs have to carry around and the hormonal changes a woman goes through while pregnant. Changing hormone levels may increase water retention while also reducing elasticity in the veins.

Home remedies may help relieve symptoms. For the most part, these symptoms will fade after pregnancy.

People who should pay close attention to heavy legs include pregnant women who:

  • are overweight
  • lead a sedentary lifestyle
  • have a family history of venous issues
  • work strenuously while pregnant

Weakness and Fatigue

Topic Overview

Weakness and fatigue are terms that are often used as if they mean the same thing. But in fact they describe two different sensations. It is important to know exactly what you mean when you say “I feel weak” or “I am fatigued” because it can help you and your doctor narrow down the possible causes of your symptoms.

  • Weakness is a lack of physical or muscle strength and the feeling that extra effort is required to move your arms, legs, or other muscles. If muscle weakness is the result of pain, the person may be able to make muscles work, but it will hurt.
  • Fatigue is a feeling of tiredness or exhaustion or a need to rest because of lack of energy or strength. Fatigue may result from overwork, poor sleep, worry, boredom, or lack of exercise. It is a symptom that may be caused by illness, medicine, or medical treatment such as chemotherapy. Anxiety or depression can also cause fatigue.

Both weakness and fatigue are symptoms, not diseases. Because these symptoms can be caused by many other health problems, the importance of weakness and fatigue can be determined only when other symptoms are evaluated.

Weakness

General weakness often occurs after you have done too much activity at one time, such as by taking an extra-long hike. You may feel weak and tired, or your muscles may be sore. These sensations usually go away within a few days.

In rare cases, generalized muscle weakness may be caused by another health problem, such as:

  • A problem with the minerals (electrolytes) found naturally in the body, such as low levels of potassium or sodium.
  • Infections, such as a urinary tract infection or a respiratory infection.
  • Problems with the thyroid gland, which regulates the way the body uses energy.
    • A low thyroid level (hypothyroidism) can cause fatigue, weakness, lethargy, weight gain, depression, memory problems, constipation, dry skin, intolerance to cold, coarse and thinning hair, brittle nails, or a yellowish tint to the skin.
    • A high thyroid level (hyperthyroidism) can cause fatigue, weight loss, increased heart rate, intolerance to heat, sweating, irritability, anxiety, muscle weakness, and thyroid enlargement.
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare nerve disorder that causes weakness in the legs, arms, and other muscles and that can progress to complete paralysis.
  • Myasthenia gravis, a rare, chronic disorder that causes weakness and rapid muscle fatigue.

Muscle weakness that is slowly getting worse requires a visit to a doctor.

Sudden muscle weakness and loss of function in one area of the body can indicate a serious problem within the brain (such as a stroke or transient ischemic attack) or spinal cord or with a specific nerve in the body.

Fatigue

Fatigue is a feeling of tiredness, exhaustion, or lack of energy. You may feel mildly fatigued because of overwork, poor sleep, worry, boredom, or lack of exercise. Any illness, such as a cold or the flu, may cause fatigue, which usually goes away as the illness clears up. Most of the time, mild fatigue occurs with a health problem that will improve with home treatment and does not require a visit to a doctor.

A stressful emotional situation may also cause fatigue. This type of fatigue usually clears up when the stress is relieved.

Many prescription and nonprescription medicines can cause weakness or fatigue. The use of alcohol, caffeine, or illegal drugs can cause fatigue.

A visit to a doctor usually is needed when fatigue occurs along with more serious symptoms, such as increased breathing problems, signs of a serious illness, abnormal bleeding, or unexplained weight loss or gain.

Fatigue that lasts longer than 2 weeks usually requires a visit to a doctor. This type of fatigue may be caused by a more serious health problem, such as:

  • A decrease in the amount of oxygen-carrying substance (hemoglobin) found in red blood cells (anemia).
  • Problems with the heart, such as coronary artery disease or heart failure, that limit the supply of oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle or the rest of the body.
  • Metabolic disorders, such as diabetes, in which sugar (glucose) remains in the blood rather than entering the body’s cells to be used for energy.
  • Problems with the thyroid gland, which regulates the way the body uses energy.
    • A low thyroid level (hypothyroidism) can cause fatigue, weakness, lethargy, weight gain, depression, memory problems, constipation, dry skin, intolerance to cold, coarse and thinning hair, brittle nails, or a yellowish tint to the skin.
    • A high thyroid level (hyperthyroidism) can cause fatigue, weight loss, increased heart rate, intolerance to heat, sweating, irritability, anxiety, muscle weakness, and thyroid enlargement.
  • Kidney disease and liver disease, which cause fatigue when the concentration of certain chemicals in the blood builds up to toxic levels.

Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome is an uncommon cause of severe, persistent fatigue.

If fatigue occurs without an obvious cause, it is important to evaluate your mental health. Fatigue is a common symptom of mental health problems, such as anxiety or depression. Fatigue and depression may become so severe that you may consider suicide as a way to end your pain. If you think your fatigue may be caused by a mental health problem, see your doctor.

Check your symptoms to decide if and when you should see a doctor.

Leg pain

Leg pain can be due to a muscle cramp (also called a charley horse). Common causes of cramps include:

  • Dehydration or low amounts of potassium, sodium, calcium, or magnesium in the blood
  • Medicines (such as diuretics and statins)
  • Muscle fatigue or strain from overuse, too much exercise, or holding a muscle in the same position for a long time

An injury can also cause leg pain from:

  • A torn or overstretched muscle (strain)
  • Hairline crack in the bone (stress fracture)
  • Inflamed tendon (tendinitis)
  • Shin splints (pain in the front of the leg from overuse)

Other common causes of leg pain include:

  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD), which causes a problem with blood flow in the legs (this type of pain, called claudication, is generally felt when exercising or walking and is relieved by rest)
  • Blood clot (deep vein thrombosis) from long-term bed rest
  • Infection of the bone (osteomyelitis) or skin and soft tissue (cellulitis)
  • Inflammation of the leg joints caused by arthritis or gout
  • Nerve damage common to people with diabetes, smokers, and alcoholics
  • Varicose veins

Less common causes include:

  • Cancerous bone tumors (osteosarcoma, Ewing sarcoma)
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes disease: Poor blood flow to the hip that may stop or slow the normal growth of the leg
  • Noncancerous (benign) tumors or cysts of the femur or tibia (osteoid osteoma)
  • Sciatic nerve pain (radiating pain down the leg) caused by a slipped disk in the back
  • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis: Most often seen in boys and overweight children between ages 11 and 15

Sore Muscles from Exercise

Exercise is an important part of a healthy, active lifestyle. It improves your heart and lungs, and builds strong bones and muscles. However, exercise can cause sore muscles. This is common if you try a new exercise or increase your intensity. You may use new muscles, strain your muscles, or get small tears in your muscle fibers.

Path to well being

Your muscles may get sore right away. This is known as acute soreness. You may feel them ache or tighten up about 12 hours after you exercise. In some cases, the discomfort may peak 48 to 72 hours afterward. This is called delayed-onset muscle soreness. During this time, your muscles repair and strengthen themselves. Sore muscle pain can improve quickly or last several days.

To help relieve muscle soreness, try:

  • gentle stretching
  • muscle massage
  • rest
  • ice to help reduce inflammation
  • heat to help increase blood flow to your muscles
  • over-the-counter pain medicine, such as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) like ibuprofen.

Unfortunately, you can’t avoid sore muscles. It is part of getting stronger and healthier. There are some things you can do to help lessen the amount of soreness.

  • Warm up. Studies show that warming up your muscles before exercise may be better than stretching them. It wakes up your muscles by increasing blood flow to them. To warm up, do light versions of certain exercises. These include slow jogging or biking, jumping rope, or lifting light weights.
  • Drink water. Water helps control your body temperature, loosen your joints, and transport nutrients to create energy. Without water, your body will struggle to perform at its highest level. You may have muscle cramps, fatigue, dizziness, or more serious symptoms.
  • Rest. Wait about 48 hours before working the same muscle groups. For example, running uses the muscles in your lower body. Give those muscles 2 days to rest and heal before you exercise them again. If you don’t rest, you can cause muscle fatigue or damage, rather than muscle growth and strength.
  • Use proper technique. Doing exercises the right way helps protect you from muscle strain or injury. If you belong to a gym or health club, ask a trainer or instructor for help. They can show you the proper way to lift weights and use the machines and equipment.
  • Cool down. It’s important to stretch after you work out. Your muscles are relaxed and more flexible when they are warm. Stretching also circulates blood away from your muscles and back to your heart to aid in recovery.
  • Stay within your limits. You may be tempted to push yourself, but remember to progress slowly with exercise. Over time, you can increase the amount of weight you lift or the length of time you run. If you try to increase too soon, you may injure yourself.

Things to consider

Sore muscles are normal. They grow back strong and are able to work at a higher level of intensity. However, be careful that you don’t injure your muscles.

If you think you have a strain or a sprain, try the RICE approach.

  • Rest: You may need to rest the injury all or part of the way. It will depend on how bad it is.
  • Ice: Use ice packs, ice slush baths, or ice massages. These can decrease your swelling, pain, bruising, and muscle spasms. You can use ice for up to 3 days after the injury.
  • Compression: You can wrap your injury to reduce swelling and bruising. Keep it wrapped for 1 or 2 days to a week after the injury.
  • Elevation: Raise your injury at or above your heart. This helps prevent swelling and reduces bruising. Keep it elevated for 2 to 3 hours a day, if possible.

When to see your doctor

Contact your doctor or seek care if:

  • Your muscle soreness lasts for more than a week.
  • Your pain is unbearable and prevents you from moving.
  • Your pain gets worse with exercise.
  • Your pain causes dizziness or trouble breathing.
  • You notice redness, swelling, or warmth in the sore muscles.
  • The RICE treatment doesn’t work.

Questions to ask your doctor

  • How does a sore muscle feel different from an injury?
  • If I use a muscle while it is sore, am I at risk for injuring it?

Resources

American College of Sports Medicine, Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

Sometimes it feels like we’re on our feet the entire day – and even if we’re not, it’s common for legs to feel tired, achy, uncomfortable or restless. We’ve spoken to a whole host of experts to find out the best ways to remedy this – and ensure your legs are feeling energised once again.

From bath hacks to yoga poses, here’s what you should be doing if you’ve noticed your legs are lagging behind and need a boost (and if your symptoms start bothering you on a regular basis, always speak to your GP to rule out anything more serious).

1. Run a bath, pronto

“Epsom salt is the household name for magnesium sulphate, which releases magnesium and sulphate ions when added to water,” explains Sarah Mayo, a qualified personal trainer and the co-founder of wellbeing company Point3Wellbeing. “Some studies have suggested that soaking in Epsom salts helps to replenish the body of magnesium.”

2. Give yourself permission to chill

Most of us know the benefits of cold therapy – think about that relieving cold pack to soothe muscle pain – but doing it on the go can prove tricky. Deep Freeze Pain Relief Glide-On Gel works like ice – delivering a fast, cooling action and soothing relief from any sharp, shooting pain in swollen or inflamed feet and legs. Even better, this scientifically-proven cold therapy in a handbag size can be used as often as required wherever you are. No cumbersome cool-box required…

3. Stretch it out

According to physiotherapist Aaron Armoogum, stretching is key to keeping our legs feeling happy and pain-free. “Tight hip flexors will alter the tilt of your pelvis which is a nightmare when it comes to lower limb and lumbar issues – it can cause a lot of aching and discomfort,” he says. “Equally important are our glutes and piriformis (muscles in the buttocks).

“To get started, a really simple hip flexor stretch is to bend your right knee while standing, and hold your ankle from behind. Bring your heel towards your backside as far as you can, and feel the stretch across the front of your thigh. Just make sure you don’t bend at the hips and make it too easy!”

4. Take it down a notch

We’re all busy and sometimes, the idea of ‘resting’ seems laughable. But it’s just as important as anything else on your to-do list, says Aaron. “When it comes to exercise, a lot of people I see tend to ‘over-train’ or repetitively do the same workout or exercise over and over. Without allowing the body to rest and actually repair itself can potentially lead to long term chronic pain. I always recommend resting as much as you need to – it’s when our body grows, recovers and recuperates. Lack of rest can contribute not just to aching legs, but a feeling of general fatigue or exhaustion too. Nobody wants that!”

5. Pose like a pro

According to yoga teacher Hannah Lovegrove there’s a simple fix for tiredness from physical exertion. She explains, “I’d recommend yoga pose, Virasana – also known as ‘Hero Pose’. The compression effect is deeply refreshing for the leg muscles, knee and ankle joints and it leaves the legs feeling light and fully stretched.

“Try it yourself: Kneel down with your knees together and feet apart with a big cushion or some blocks behind you, between your feet. Sit down on the support and if it’s painful for your knees, add more height. Sit tall, hands resting on your thighs, for 2-4 minutes. When you come out of the pose, stretch your legs forward for a few seconds, to straighten the knee ligaments.”

6. Put your feet up

Yes, really – we insist. Hannah has another smart move that can reduce swelling or restlessness in the lower legs, when needed. “Inverted Lake Pose (known as viparita karani in yoga) is great if you’ve been on your feet or in a stationary position for a long time, since our blood and lymph flow can become sluggish. Sit close to and facing a wall then swivel sideways and take your legs straight up the wall as you lie down, back flat against the floor. Wriggle in, so your bottom is touching the wall and give it ten minutes before standing up.” Legs feeling refreshed?

7. Keep sipping

How much water do you drink? Dawn Morse Msc, a sports science lecturer and founder of Core Elements says we should all be reaching for the H20 on a more regular basis. “Staying hydrated, especially during warmer summer months, can help to reduce muscle cramping,” she explains. “The main reason for this is that it helps to regulate our mineral levels, which can lead to muscle cramping when out of sync. If you’ve been doing a lot of exercise in the heat, or sweating more than normal, you could consider adding an electrolytes supplement too.”

8. Ditch the extra salt

Did you know in some instances, modifying your diet can help with leg pain? According to Dawn, “research has shown that diets low in potassium, calcium or magnesium can lead to muscle cramps, so we should aim to include foods like sweet potatoes, squash and broccoli (which are full of potassium) yogurt, sardines, lentils and cheese (for calcium) and spinach, quinoa and tofu (for magnesium). If your salt intake is high thanks to processed foods and added salt, aim to lower it – along with muscle and leg pain, it can lead to dehydration and raised blood pressure,” Dawn explains.

9. Walk it out

Exercise and stretching has been shown to help with leg pain – especially aches and discomfort that gets worse as the day continues or is chronic in nature – meaning moving around a bit can really help.

“Aim to walk briskly for 20-30 minutes a day,” says Dawn. “It’s not only good for the heart, but it helps to strengthen and stretch leg muscles as well as improve the quality of the muscles – all smart moves for anybody experiencing discomfort, cramps or a tired sensation in the legs.” And since Deep Freeze Glide-on Gel promises no mess and an easy glide-on application, it’s worth throwing in your bag for cooling, targeted relief on-the-go, too. Happy strolling!

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Why Do My Legs Feel Heavy and How Can I Get Relief?

Heavy legs can be caused by a wide-ranging collection of disorders. They include the following:

These are veins, usually in the legs and feet, that become enlarged and take on a bumpy, knotted appearance. Varicose veins often appear:

  • as we age
  • during pregnancy (thanks to fluctuating hormones and the increasing pressure of the uterus)
  • during other hormonal events, such as menopause
  • in those who are obese
  • in those who have a family history of the condition
  • in those who have occupations that require a lot of standing and sitting, which impacts circulation

The veins become enlarged when they start to lose elasticity and valves become weakened, allowing blood that should be recirculating through the body to pool in the legs. This pooled blood can make legs feel heavy and tired.

As many as 23 percent of adults in the United States have varicose veins. They occur more frequently in women than men.

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)

This is actually a form of cardiovascular disease that occurs when fatty deposits build up in the walls of your arteries, narrowing them. While PAD can occur anywhere, it most often affects the legs. Without enough blood circulating, your legs can feel tired, crampy, and achy. These symptoms are one of the first signs of PAD.

The same things that cause fatty buildup in your other arteries cause them in your legs as well. High cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, and high blood pressure are top risk factors. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute notes that 8 to 12 million Americans have PAD.

Overtraining syndrome (OTS)

Athletes are constantly striving to improve their performance. But when they train to excess without giving the body time to recover, they can have a number of health-related problems, including heavy legs.

When you “overreach,” which means pushing just a little bit harder than what you think you’re capable of day after day, muscles don’t have time to repair themselves. Heavy legs are a common complaint in athletes — particularly runners and cyclists.

Lumbar spinal stenosis

This refers to a narrowing of the spinal column. When this narrowing occurs, vertebrae (the bones of the spine) and discs (which sit between each vertebra and absorb impact) can pinch the spinal canal, causing pain. While that pain can affect the lower back, it also can occur in the legs, causing weakness, numbness, and heaviness.

Some risk factors include:

  • smoking (compounds in cigarettes can restrict blood vessels)
  • age (spinal column narrowing can result naturally during the aging process)
  • obesity (excess weight stresses the entire body, including the spine)

Restless legs syndrome

This condition is marked by an uncomfortable feeling in the legs — often described as aching, throbbing, and crawling — that occurs while resting. It’s relieved with movement. The cause isn’t known, but researchers think there’s a genetic component as well as a dysfunction in how the brain processes movement signals.

People most at risk are those who:

  • smoke and drink alcohol
  • take certain medications that alter brain chemicals
  • take cold medication
  • are pregnant
  • have nerve damage

There also seems to be a strong association between fibromyalgia, a condition that causes chronic muscle pain and fatigue, and restless legs. Research suggests that people with fibromyalgia are 10 times more likely to have restless legs syndrome.

How I Fixed My Heavy Legs

I had heavy legs. It felt a bit like slogging through mud. The spring in my step was gone, and while I would do OK once I got going a bit, no amount of working out or strengthening or stretching would help. Then I had my heavy legs fixed with a simple injection in my back. In ten minutes it was gone, and lots of other things got better as well. What was going on and how could a quick injection fix a problem that had been plaguing me for six months?

My Heavy Legs

While a lot of my patients know what this is like, having heavy legs is sometimes difficult to explain to someone who has never had this issue. It feels a bit like someone has tied weights to your legs. The legs work, but some activities feel like you’re moving through mud. The spring in your step goes away. You can no longer “bound” upstairs; instead, you work a bit with each step.

My Fix

The other day I had had enough, so I had my clinic draw some blood from my arm and process the platelets in such a way that the healing growth factors were isolated. This is important, as while platelets are normally the little guys in blood that help it clot, they also help in wound healing, so they’re chock-filled with growth factors. Once these were isolated, I had one of my physician partners precisely inject around the S1 spinal nerves in my back (S1 transforaminal epidural). How did I know that I needed the S1 nerves injected? I have a central L5–S1 disc bulge that can irritate the nerves and the chronic tightness in my hamstrings and calves (where the S1 nerves go).

I went to work out with my personal trainer that night about 45 minutes after the injection. He was literally blown away. We were gingerly working around my easily aggravated back and lack of power in my core, which impacted how much I could lift. In fact, I had also been starting to strengthen my back muscles using a Roman Chair, but I needed to use my hands to support my back. This is that piece of equipment where you face down with a pad under your tummy and flex toward the floor and use your back muscles to extend, like a reverse sit-up.

All throughout the workout, my trainer had a hard time with how this injection had so dramatically changed the fragile older guy he had been helping. First, all of my weights were up about 25%. This is because my back and neck were no longer easily getting tweaked handling the heavier weights. In addition, I promptly got on the Roman Chair and ripped off 20 reps without using my hands, which placed the final hand grenade in his brain, as he had never seen me do that before. The next day, I came to work and ran up the stairs (like I used to) for the first time in six months.

How Did This Instant Change Happen?

To understand what happened, you need to learn a bit of basic anatomy first. The nerves in your low back tell your muscles what to do. If the nerves in the back are not happy, you may or may not feel back pain, but you will feel all sorts of issues in the legs. Sometimes this is numbness and tingling, and sometimes it’s just tightness in specific muscles. In addition, because the muscles aren’t efficiently contracting, the legs can feel heavy, and since the same nerves power little muscles deep in your core (multifidus), these muscles can go offline, causing other bigger muscles to have to take up the load. Finally, the spinal discs, joints, and ligaments can become unstable and sloppy. Basically, a core that never works well to support the power in your arms and legs.

When the injection around the S1 nerves calmed them down, suddenly the muscles powered by those nerves in my legs were getting good signals again. In addition, my core muscles were as well. All of this allowed me to handle more weight. Why? Think about trying to lift weights on an unstable boat in a lake. It would be twice as hard without stable support. Now think about lifting weights in the same boat when it’s firmly stable on land—you could lift much more.

How Could Platelet Growth Factors Chill Out Pissed-Off Nerves so Quickly?

The growth factors in platelets and the cytokines in serum are pretty cool. Some of these, like A2M and IRAP, are very anti-inflammatory and work very quickly to reduce swelling. Some are pro-growth and can build things like new blood vessels or even help new nerves sprout over weeks. So the initial effects I saw were likely due to anti-inflammatory cytokines in the serum. Finally, just the volume of fluid injected around the nerves likely diluted some of the inflammatory chemicals that were living there, causing immediately happier nerves.

The upshot? I should have had this injection months ago, but you know the saying: “The cobbler’s son has no shoes”! Sometimes we doctors just get too busy to help ourselves! In the meantime, I don’t miss my heavy legs one bit!

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Before we end this article, here are some frequently asked questions answered for you.

Expert’s Answers for Readers Questions

Why do my legs feel so heavy?

When enough blood doesn’t reach the legs, the fall in the levels of oxygen in the area can cause them to feel heavy. Sometimes, the legs can also swell up. Ample physical activity will ensure that the legs and feet are receiving enough blood supply.

Can lower back pain cause leg pain?

Yes, in some instances, it can. When the pain radiates from your sciatic nerve, it travels all the way down to your legs, causing excruciating pain at times. If you experience this regularly, it is advisable to consult a doctor to check for sciatica.

Now that you know how to relieve tired legs and feet, what are you waiting for? Your home is the most comfortable place for you, and with these remedies, you can treat your tired legs with ease. Give them a try and let us know how they fared. Do let us know in the comments section below.

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Tired Legs: Causes, Treatment, Prevention, and More

A variety of factors can cause tired legs. Tired legs may be accompanied by pain, soreness, or cramping. Tired legs aren’t usually a cause for concern, but it’s still important to pay attention to your body when tiredness occurs. This is especially so if you have other symptoms.

Here are some possible causes for tired legs:

1. Overuse

If you’ve recently used your legs more than normal, they may feel tired. Make sure you’re getting enough rest and working within the limits of your body. This will help you avoid stress, strain, and injury.

If you frequently use your legs while working, take plenty of breaks throughout the day.

2. Underuse

Not using your legs can also cause leg tiredness. If you have to sit for extended periods, make a point to stand and be active for at least five minutes every hour.

If you’re spending an extended amount of time in bed, do simple leg-raising exercises and stretches each hour. Elevate your legs on pillows.

3. Muscle cramps

Overuse of your legs can lead to muscle cramps. Muscle cramps can cause your legs to feel tired.

Allow your legs and body plenty of time to rest until your symptoms subside. See your doctor if cramping becomes severe. Here are more ways to stop leg muscle cramps.

4. Hypokalemia

Hypokalemia occurs when you have low levels of potassium in the bloodstream. This can cause:

  • fatigue
  • weakness
  • cramping in the legs
  • constipation

Certain medications or conditions may cause hypokalemia. See your doctor to determine the underlying cause and best treatment option for you.

5. Varicose veins

You may have tired, heavy, or aching legs if you have varicose veins. These occur when your veins don’t work properly and begin to collect blood. This causes your veins to enlarge and swell.

Usually self-care measures, such as exercise, elevation, and compression stockings, can help alleviate these symptoms. See your doctor if your symptoms don’t improve.

6. Poor circulation

Your legs may feel tired or fatigued if your blood isn’t circulating through your body properly. Poor circulation often affects the lower part of your body since it’s harder for blood to flow upward toward your heart. Sometimes blood can collect in your legs, ankles, and feet.

You may be able to improve poor circulation by:

  • moving more
  • avoiding tight clothing
  • managing underlying conditions, such as diabetes

See your doctor if you’ve taken steps to improve your circulation but haven’t seen improvement. Your doctor may prescribe medication to improve your circulation.

7. Pregnancy

Swelling in pregnancy can be caused by:

  • hormones
  • fluid retention
  • increased pressure on veins

Your legs may feel tired and uncomfortable as a result. You may experience cramping and varicose veins.

Sleeping on your left side can help reduce some of the pressure from the vein that circulates blood from your lower body to your heart. You can also try these five exercises.

See your doctor if you experience any sudden or severe swelling. This could be a sign of preeclampsia.

8. Multiple sclerosis (MS)

Muscle fatigue or heavy legs can be a sign of MS. In fact, fatigue is the most commonly reported symptom among people with this condition. Heat and humidity may make fatigue worse.

MS causes fatigue because the condition affects your nerves and disrupts the communication between your brain and your muscles.

Other symptoms of MS include:

  • blurred or double vision, or loss of vision
  • tingling and numbness
  • pains or muscle spasms
  • loss of balance or feelings of dizziness
  • bladder issues
  • sexual dysfunction
  • difficulty concentrating, staying organized, or remembering things

MS requires a diagnosis from your doctor. Talk to your doctor if you suspect MS.