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I always feel a constant need to stretch. Last November, it was just my arms. It progressively spread to my legs, neck, and shoulders. I asked the hospital what it was at a scheduled appointment. My doctor asked about RLS or ADHD, but I have no trouble focusing and the need to stretch is less in my legs than everywhere else. I have checked multiple forums and internet research, but nothing seems to work. What do I do?
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replied May 16th, 2012
I have a similar issue with needing to strech in my back but to do so in a way that is effective is quite contorted and odd, and what i have learned is that it can sometimes be linked to your brain making you feel the need to strech to releve stress or tension that has built up, its just a theory that me and my doctor have come up with but if you reduce the stress in your life the feeling of needing to strech may reduce, i hope this helps Smile
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replied July 22nd, 2012
I also have had that feeling over the past years. It's like I constantly need to flex my muscles all over. If your like me. I have this constant "craving feeling"
Can you relate to my feeling. Always looking for something. But can never feel the void.
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replied July 23rd, 2012
It's like that. I've tried to stop stretching, but I can't go more than like 10 seconds before I have to stretch again. It's like a cough or itch. It's super uncomfortable to stop and I have to focus completely on staying still. I saw a rheumatologist about it recently and she said it was probably just a "nervous habit." I don't have either of these, but in case anyone else might...RLS(Restless Legs Syndrome) is a night disorder, and so is PLMD(Periodic Limb Movement Disorder). I hope this helps someone.
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replied January 10th, 2014
i have this problem in my whole body. when i move or stand my whole body stiffens and stays that way for several minutes. I have to stretch. Its awful! its painful and i also have shortness of breath and feel very tired. what is it? i distrust doctors and half the time they dont know their butts from a hole in the ground!
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replied June 1st, 2014
Hello now this may not give you a direct answer but i too have this problem but in my legs. I play tennis almost 4 times a week so its not lack of activity. But on the days I'm not doing anything this is still a problem. so it is not because of too much activity. I also have ADHD and take meds for this but i feel the need to stretch my legs through out the day even when I have taken ADHD medication. I also asked my doc. and she had no idea what the heck i was talking about even when i mentioned that i thought it might have been RLS all she said , was that I didn't have RLS
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replied March 22nd, 2015
I have had the same problem in my legs, arms, and neck since I was around 8 (when it started I actually had it in my back shoulders too. My body always felt very uncomfortable, but the thing is I also had tourrettes. I knew what tourrettes was, and I assumed this was one of 'motor tics' I had with it. The craving to do something was incredibly similar to my other symptoms so I thought that was it until I asked the doctor, and they said that shouldn't be it. I think it gets easier to deal with over time though, just reading about it makes it act up though (also similar to tourrette symptoms)
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replied November 7th, 2015
Every now and again I have this uncontrollable urge to stretch my ankles and wrists , but when I stretch them the urge becomes even more intense and unmanageable. This has stemmed from childhood and I have been looking for consistencies when I feel these urges, such as flights, high heels vs. flats, exercise vs. being sedentary, etc... I am very active and I quite smoking 6 months ago ( I only add that because some one in an earlier post thought it might be cause) any ideas?
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replied December 1st, 2015
Constant Discomfort
I got the same issue, all day everyday. It seems to be lessened by exercise.. but that might just be because my body focus changed to attending to the muscles.

I had ADHD as a child but not anymore.

I thought this was related to growing pains growing up, but it never stopped… now I am 28.

Now when I sleep I need to be in a back stretching position in order to feel comfortable. I bet that is not healthy, and a bad habbit.

I stretch at least 100 times a day in different parts of the body. Hard to be ever comfortable. (but I am never really in pain from it.. just discomfort)
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replied June 14th, 2016
Hey ...
r u obese or u feel little over weigh and u feel sweating ?
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replied February 11th, 2016
I came here because I too find myself stretching myself all the time.But,apart from speculation that is floating around, is there anything really physiological to it? I do exercise rather regularly and it has not made any difference yet. Would some real physician attempt an explanation?
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replied April 4th, 2016
I've had this ever since I was a kid, pretty much in Every part of my body, it has gotten worse over the last few years (im 29). Went to the doctor as a kid about it and the doctor just looked at me weird and said "I think it's just a need to stretch (no sh%t). So I have never been back since, I've always been quite embarrassed by it, but have sort of just dealt with it and excepted it till now. But as it seems to be getting worse I am really wanting an answer, so will keep an eye on this thread.
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replied July 7th, 2016
Googled the symptoms and was directed here, feeling the exact same thing that you guys are describing. I'm feeling the urge to stretch, flex and move my shoulder and neck right now, the other day it was my hand. It's on my right side which is my dominant.

Too bad no one knows what it is.
I haven't done any strength training in a while, could be that. I'm also diagnosed with Bipolar II and am currently in a hypomanic state, could be tension and stress from that too.

Anyway figured I'd post here letting you know there's one more of us experiencing this.
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replied July 25th, 2016
I believe, in my case, it could be relative to low oxygen in the blood, or electrolytes, maybe sodium. More prevalent on extremely hot days; whole body stretch, like reach high, tip toes. Going to test my theory. P
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replied July 26th, 2016
WOW looks like many of us have the same issue. I constantly feel like stretching as well. I feel like there's something that wants to be released from my body. I recommend to try YOGA guys everyday for about 20 minutes a day and meditate for about 10 minutes a day consistently. Believe it or not your body may be going through STRESS and you may have some mild form of ANXIETY. You may notice the more you stretch, the more you think about this problem and the more frustrated you may get. It's probably always on your mind and you want it to just go away. Try this.......while meditating or even throughout your day, accept these feelings as nothing more than just a feeling. Don't think anything negative about it and just focus on it. Observing how you feel each step of the way. No, I'm not a doctor, therapist, or medical professional. I'm just someone who is doing the same exact method I described and actually noticing relief in small increments every day. It's all about being patient and asking your body to heal. Good luck guys.
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