What causes a dull ache in sedentary limbs?
January 4, 2013 10:30 AM   Subscribe

What causes a dull ache in sedentary limbs?

Sometimes, on waking up or sitting in the same position for a long time, I get a dull pain/ache in a limb. This is the same reason a body part can fall asleep, only there are no pins and needles. So I figure it might be circulation-related... but massaging and shaking the limb only seems to help slightly.

The location of the pain is vague, extending over a large area of the limb. The pain itself is 1 out of 10, just enough to be distracting. It seems to go away after half an hour or so.

This has happened to me dozens of times over my lifetime, so it's not worrisome or anything. I just figure someone out there knows the common name for this (and how I can get rid of it faster).

posted by heatherfl to Health & Fitness (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This happens to me, too. IANAD, but I've always attributed it to a nerve getting pinched or compressed.
posted by Eicats at 10:32 AM on January 4, 2013

I only have this in the combination of sugar kick and mild adrenaline spikes. Took me years to find out. Typical for medium - exposed (musical) performances (such as Bach's Passions) where you have to sit for hours, fighting the discomfort while having to concentrate all the time: You get coffee and cookies and buns right before, you think you're prepared for the gig and whap.
posted by Namlit at 10:34 AM on January 4, 2013

I have gotten this as well. Seemed to happen frequently in my tweens and teens, now (late 30s), it's pretty rare.
posted by Chrysostom at 10:51 AM on January 4, 2013

I'm with pinched nerve. Adjust your seating position, if that doesn't help, adjust your seat or change it entirely. A chronic issue might mean a change to an exercise ball chair or a standing desk.
posted by dhartung at 9:57 PM on January 4, 2013

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