Take the 2-minute tour ×
Biology Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for biology researchers, academics, and students. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have seen a few instances where people suffer from tremendous pain the legs, often around the region of ankle, going a bit down and stretching up to knee. This happens most prominently at the night during sleeping. Needless to say that sleep goes haywire.

What I need to know is that why does this happen at night only? That is, if there is any physical problem, it should manifest at other times also, right. But it doesn't. And in this same instance, I have seen that fingers of hands are legs of the patient, get involuntarily bent. Is this related? I can think of reduced intake of water and/or blood glucose level - but anything else?

And obviously, how and why this leg pain happens and if possible, ways to cure it.

share|improve this question

closed as off-topic by von Mises, Amory, nico, fileunderwater, Satwik Pasani Oct 19 '13 at 14:20

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "Personal medical questions are off-topic on Biology. We can not safely answer questions for your specific situation and you should always consult a doctor for medical advice." – von Mises, Amory, nico, fileunderwater, Satwik Pasani
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Questions requesting medical advice are off-topic here –  nico Oct 19 '13 at 7:34
Ah sorry about that. tbh, I am not looking for a medical advice. What I am looking is the cause of the pain. The why part, because an appointment with doctors doesn't allude that. –  Soham Chakraborty Oct 19 '13 at 11:16
I think the problem is that this question calls for a non-obvious medical diagnosis. I am certain that there's more than one possible condition that fits what you describe. Biology isn't really for figuring out which one it is, although it could describe underlying mechanisms for any or all of them if given in the question. For example, leg pain disrupting sleep is consistent with both cramp and gout (with cramp inflicting muscular pain and gout joint pain). I suspect neither is what you're after, but I believe cramp is influenced by water intake. –  Steve Jessop Nov 13 at 13:24