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Ham string pain

Posted by @mariemarie, Sep 4, 2017

I do 4 hours per week of PEDALING FOR PARKINSON . My ham strings hurt all the time. The instructor said it’s due in part to PD. My neurologist said to take Tylenol. He said pain due to exercising. Who is right? I do not take PD meds. Anyone experience pain in ham strings?

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Hello Marie @mariemarie

I appreciate your question, as I too have a hamstring problem and also have PD. When I was having PT for a knee problem, I noticed that I was having a lot of leg problems and talked to the physical therapist about it. She said that one hamstring was longer than the other and eliminated some of the exercises she had given me (which were irritating the hamstring) so that I could do the rest of the exercises without so much pain. I never thought to ask if this was PD related or not.

I wonder if any of our other PD members have had a hamstring problem and whether they know if it is related to PD.

@chrisj2491 @denie57 @johnjames @trouble4343 @ggopher @aperob @caryp43 @burgle @macbeth @knightkris @mariemarie @pjsammy @techi @sandycerem @bobbieingeorgia @gulfer @mojo1965 @brittalisse @ruby7dnj

Have any of you had any hamstring problems?

Teresa

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Hello Marie @mariemarie

I appreciate your question, as I too have a hamstring problem and also have PD. When I was having PT for a knee problem, I noticed that I was having a lot of leg problems and talked to the physical therapist about it. She said that one hamstring was longer than the other and eliminated some of the exercises she had given me (which were irritating the hamstring) so that I could do the rest of the exercises without so much pain. I never thought to ask if this was PD related or not.

I wonder if any of our other PD members have had a hamstring problem and whether they know if it is related to PD.

@chrisj2491 @denie57 @johnjames @trouble4343 @ggopher @aperob @caryp43 @burgle @macbeth @knightkris @mariemarie @pjsammy @techi @sandycerem @bobbieingeorgia @gulfer @mojo1965 @brittalisse @ruby7dnj

Have any of you had any hamstring problems?

Teresa

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@hopeful33250

Hello Marie @mariemarie

I appreciate your question, as I too have a hamstring problem and also have PD. When I was having PT for a knee problem, I noticed that I was having a lot of leg problems and talked to the physical therapist about it. She said that one hamstring was longer than the other and eliminated some of the exercises she had given me (which were irritating the hamstring) so that I could do the rest of the exercises without so much pain. I never thought to ask if this was PD related or not.

I wonder if any of our other PD members have had a hamstring problem and whether they know if it is related to PD.

@chrisj2491 @denie57 @johnjames @trouble4343 @ggopher @aperob @caryp43 @burgle @macbeth @knightkris @mariemarie @pjsammy @techi @sandycerem @bobbieingeorgia @gulfer @mojo1965 @brittalisse @ruby7dnj

Have any of you had any hamstring problems?

Teresa

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Teresa, thanks. Did your hamstring issue go away?

@hopeful33250

Hello Marie @mariemarie

I appreciate your question, as I too have a hamstring problem and also have PD. When I was having PT for a knee problem, I noticed that I was having a lot of leg problems and talked to the physical therapist about it. She said that one hamstring was longer than the other and eliminated some of the exercises she had given me (which were irritating the hamstring) so that I could do the rest of the exercises without so much pain. I never thought to ask if this was PD related or not.

I wonder if any of our other PD members have had a hamstring problem and whether they know if it is related to PD.

@chrisj2491 @denie57 @johnjames @trouble4343 @ggopher @aperob @caryp43 @burgle @macbeth @knightkris @mariemarie @pjsammy @techi @sandycerem @bobbieingeorgia @gulfer @mojo1965 @brittalisse @ruby7dnj

Have any of you had any hamstring problems?

Teresa

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Thanks Sandy. Prior to pedaling for PD, i completed the BIG program. Medicare pays for it. Are you familiar with this program?

@hopeful33250

Hello Marie @mariemarie

I appreciate your question, as I too have a hamstring problem and also have PD. When I was having PT for a knee problem, I noticed that I was having a lot of leg problems and talked to the physical therapist about it. She said that one hamstring was longer than the other and eliminated some of the exercises she had given me (which were irritating the hamstring) so that I could do the rest of the exercises without so much pain. I never thought to ask if this was PD related or not.

I wonder if any of our other PD members have had a hamstring problem and whether they know if it is related to PD.

@chrisj2491 @denie57 @johnjames @trouble4343 @ggopher @aperob @caryp43 @burgle @macbeth @knightkris @mariemarie @pjsammy @techi @sandycerem @bobbieingeorgia @gulfer @mojo1965 @brittalisse @ruby7dnj

Have any of you had any hamstring problems?

Teresa

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@mariemarie

Since the hamstring issue is caused by the hamstrings being of different lengths, I doubt it will go away. I keep the pain at bay, by avoiding the types of exercises that aggravate it. I’m sure, though, that the cause of the hamstring problem varies and therefore the cures vary as well. I’ve found that PTs are really quite knowledgeable in helping you to get the most out of your physical strength without hurting from the strain. (Maybe adjusting your seat lower when you peddle or decreasing the tension?)

Have you talked with your PT about how you might adjust your exercise to avoid the strain on your hamstring? If not, do so.

Teresa

@hopeful33250

Hello Marie @mariemarie

I appreciate your question, as I too have a hamstring problem and also have PD. When I was having PT for a knee problem, I noticed that I was having a lot of leg problems and talked to the physical therapist about it. She said that one hamstring was longer than the other and eliminated some of the exercises she had given me (which were irritating the hamstring) so that I could do the rest of the exercises without so much pain. I never thought to ask if this was PD related or not.

I wonder if any of our other PD members have had a hamstring problem and whether they know if it is related to PD.

@chrisj2491 @denie57 @johnjames @trouble4343 @ggopher @aperob @caryp43 @burgle @macbeth @knightkris @mariemarie @pjsammy @techi @sandycerem @bobbieingeorgia @gulfer @mojo1965 @brittalisse @ruby7dnj

Have any of you had any hamstring problems?

Teresa

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Teresa, the bike seat is at lowest level. The resistance is at 1. Maybe i should go back to 0 resistance. Ill talk with therapist.
Thanks for responses.

Hi @mariemarie It has been a while since you mentioned your hamstring pain. Has there been any resolution for it? How is everything else going for you?

Hi @sandycerem I noticed your last post and I was wondering how is your husband doing with his leg problems. You mentioned finding another insurance program with more benefits. Have you been successful in that search?

Teresa

Teresa … thanks for asking. No problem with ham string in last several days. Neurologist said try ibuprofen. That didn’t work. He then wrote prescription for valium. That didn’t work. He sent me to physical therapy. The therapist said most likely the bike seat is too low, I take Pedaling for Parkinsons classes three times a week. So went to class and raised the seat 3 1/2 inches. I continue going to PT for 3 more visits. Therapist said my ham strings were very tight. So hopefully the cause was the seat.

BTW y fitness center started a beginner tai chi class. is this good for PD folks.

Hope you are doing well.

@mariemarie

Teresa … thanks for asking. No problem with ham string in last several days. Neurologist said try ibuprofen. That didn’t work. He then wrote prescription for valium. That didn’t work. He sent me to physical therapy. The therapist said most likely the bike seat is too low, I take Pedaling for Parkinsons classes three times a week. So went to class and raised the seat 3 1/2 inches. I continue going to PT for 3 more visits. Therapist said my ham strings were very tight. So hopefully the cause was the seat.

BTW y fitness center started a beginner tai chi class. is this good for PD folks.

Hope you are doing well.

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@mariemarie

Great to hear from you! I’m glad that your hamstring problem is better now. Isn’t it interesting how such a simple adjustment can make such a big difference?

I’m also in physical therapy right now and my hamstring problem is doing much better with the PT exercises.

Regarding Tai Chi – yes it’s great for PD – studies have found that it makes a big difference for folks with PC. It improves balance, range of motion and just relaxing. I’ve done a couple of types of Tai Chi, the one I’m doing now is basically just movements for the hands – great for me because I have carpal tunnel bilaterally.

Are you going to try the Tia Chi class? If so, please report back and let us know what you think of it.

Teresa

@mariemarie

Teresa … thanks for asking. No problem with ham string in last several days. Neurologist said try ibuprofen. That didn’t work. He then wrote prescription for valium. That didn’t work. He sent me to physical therapy. The therapist said most likely the bike seat is too low, I take Pedaling for Parkinsons classes three times a week. So went to class and raised the seat 3 1/2 inches. I continue going to PT for 3 more visits. Therapist said my ham strings were very tight. So hopefully the cause was the seat.

BTW y fitness center started a beginner tai chi class. is this good for PD folks.

Hope you are doing well.

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Yes…I’ll report back if I go to tai chi. Is it floor exercises or standing? Glad your ham strings are getting better.

@mariemarie

Teresa … thanks for asking. No problem with ham string in last several days. Neurologist said try ibuprofen. That didn’t work. He then wrote prescription for valium. That didn’t work. He sent me to physical therapy. The therapist said most likely the bike seat is too low, I take Pedaling for Parkinsons classes three times a week. So went to class and raised the seat 3 1/2 inches. I continue going to PT for 3 more visits. Therapist said my ham strings were very tight. So hopefully the cause was the seat.

BTW y fitness center started a beginner tai chi class. is this good for PD folks.

Hope you are doing well.

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@mariemarie

Generally with Tai Chi you don’t spend time on the floor (as with yoga), It involves slow, flowing movements which I enjoy. Some Tai-Chi classes are seated. There are some DVDs that are really good for Tai-Chi practice as well, you can also view Tai Chi on Youtube.

Here is an article from WebMD about the benefits of Tai-Chi in Parkinson’s, https://www.webmd.com/parkinsons-disease/news/20120208/tai-chi-improves-symptoms-parkinsons-disease#1.

Yes, I’m glad that my hamstring problem is better as well. The PT that I’m seeing is a PD specialist and she is good. I’m working mainly on balance right now.

Take care and let us know how you do with Tai Chi – I’m sure you will enjoy it.

Teresa

Hello All:

Our community moderator, @colleenyoung, (thanks, Colleen) found a great website that deals with leg pain and Parkinson’s. Here is the link, How to Deal with the 6 Common Causes of Leg pain in PD? : By Dr. De Leon https://defeatparkinsons.com/2015/08/24/how-to-deal-with-the-6-common-causes-of-leg-pain-in-pd-by-dr-de-leon/ I wanted to share it with you all. It appears that there are many reasons for PD related leg pain and many different ways of relieving it. I have personally used physical therapy, stretching exercises, as well as massages.

How are you dealing with the pain of Parkinson’s?

Teresa

Interesting finding these comments as I have the same hamstring problem and asked about it through my medical doctor and it was brushed off. Well thanks to these groups I am finding that other people have the same symptoms or problems that I am having. Most of the time my right buttock area has this pulling or pain. I have a mild case of CP and have also recently been diagnosed with Camptocormia and figured it was related to that. Makes sense that since my right side is stronger than my left that being different lengths cause the pain when moving. Really starting to enjoy these group discussions. Maybe I will get my medical degree one day so that I can “help” my doctors understand that I am not the only one with my problems.

@wiserranter

Hello and welcome to Mayo Connect and our discussion on hamstring pain. I can see by your post that you have two disorders, CP and Camptocormia.
As I was not familiar with Camptocormia I went on the web and found some information. Here is a link with more info: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2077380/

It appears that even people with Parkinson’s can get this disorder.

Have you considered physical therapy? They can provide you with stretching and strengthening exercises that really make a difference.

Teresa

Being an avid cyclist, I would first have the instructor check your seat height (and then your position on the bike – bike fit). Could be as simple as that…then go from there.

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