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Hip pain in middle of the night; dull ache that wakes me up. What could it be?

By Anonymous April 28, 2009 - 1:11pm
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I am in my mid-30s, and have recently been having pain in my hips in the middle of the night. It reminds me of the RLS (restless leg syndrome) commercials, although I do not have any of these symptoms (no needle-sensation, no crawling-sensation). It is a dull ache, and I try to move my hips and legs around to get rid of the pain (it feels like it is deep inside, not a muscle or bone), but moving it seems to irritate it a little more. It is actually not on my hip bone, but closer to the middle of my "gluteus maximus" on each side. It's been happening the past few weeks, always around 2am or 3am and wakes me up.

I've been taking some ibuprofen, and eventually falling back asleep, but would rather not have to keep taking medication.

When I was pregnant with my child 3 years ago, I had a real problem with my sciatic (spelling?) nerve in my hips. Feels similar, but not the same.

Any suggestions?

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My Doctor suggested Pilates to strengthen core.

August 13, 2016 - 4:19pm
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I took vitamin D3 5000 mg and it did the trick for me. I had terrible deep achy pain in my hips and upper legs. My chiropractor recommended large doses of D3 whenever you have lower body achiness. Not sure why it works but it does for me. Also helps my mood. Best wishes for good health everyone.

May 3, 2016 - 8:07am
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Once my doctor told me to take magnesium. I took it once or twice, no hip/ leg pain for a very long time but now it is starting again. I'm going back to get more magnesium to try it again. (first bottle expired on me)

April 26, 2016 - 12:49pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I think you're right! I was in pain and started taking many vitamins. I stopped a magnesium -calcium complex and the pain started up. Calcium for joint issues related to my thyroid-just got extra magnesium for my immune system with colds and it helped the aches. going back on it tonight!

April 27, 2016 - 4:14pm
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I have the same issue when I lay on either side to sleep. The left side hurts more though. I've tried a pillow between my knees, but that doesn't help much. Besides a dull ache, it feels like whichever side I'm lying on, that leg (thigh, behind the knee & calf) seem to have that feeling of 'falling asleep'. It's SO uncomfortable to the point of pain. When I lay on my back, it's all fine. I'm a side-sleeper, but I guess for not much longer!

April 13, 2016 - 12:10pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

So happy to hear some one else has this. No pain til I lay down and try to rest. My hips ,legs hurt so bad I can't rest. What is this?

March 7, 2017 - 10:08am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I wrote the comment right before yours....I'm thinking bursitis of the hip. If there's a spot somewhere on your hip that you barely have to touch & there's pain (like on the skin even), everything I'm seeing points to bursitis. Doctor appt. on April 6....maybe she'll have more of an idea.
Good Luck!

March 7, 2017 - 12:42pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

You literally just described my situation perfectly! Have you found anything that works for you? And I mean ANYTHING! I'm only 28 and can't have hip problems! lol but anyways, it wakes me up sometimes even during an hour or so nap, or several hours into bedtime. I don't know what to try or do. Any suggestions would be appreciated :)

December 27, 2016 - 2:31am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I am a 47-year-old male and get the dull ache in the muscles of the left hip. As stated in the original post, it reminded me of restless leg syndrome, though I knew it was not. It happens when I lay on my right side and feels worse if I put a pillow between my legs. In the larger scope, it is not painful, but a mild ache, though it often can keep me from a good nights sleep.

What I find helps is to stretch some of the muscles in the outer hip area. The harder part was finding a way to isolate the exact muscle that is causing me grief. I had to play around to find a way to stretch only that muscle. One way is to lay on your back and pull the knee of the offending hip towards your chest and then inward towards the bodies midline until you feel the muscle stretch. This always works for me.

I think laying on my right side makes my upper hip roll inward, which causes the ache, though I am not completely sure. I hope this helps.

May 31, 2016 - 8:25am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Yes you are definatly right there.i have just read and finished doing a hip stretch, very similair to your above statement as above.
and have found instant relife.
i had an accident, slipped on a lino floor with my wet socks, and landed on mh right hip, which has since been Aching like mad ever since. The pain, like a dullishy, but very intense dull but always there ache feels like its coming from way deep inside of my hip joint somewhere. I find that doing these stretchers i just lay on my back bring my leg knee up towards my chin,then start rotating my leg around untill i start to ferl my hip joint starting to stretch out.
the pain us there but i also start feeling the dull ache starting to wear off.
i find that doing this brings instant pain relief, much faster and better that any pain relife medication. Eg panadol/ibuprofen.
cheers all. And keeping hip exstra warm also helps too.
any other helpfull info. And do i have a nerve danage problem????

January 11, 2017 - 8:29am
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