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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 October 3rd, 2018
It's restless leg syndrome-the nerve endings are stimulated by various mental health meds(like opiate withdrawl) but the nerves and brain don't understand what it is they are looking for cos the meds are SO FAR FROM NATURAL IT'S NOT EVEN A JOKE ANYMORE!So they feel jumpy and it can be very painful and yes it can happen anywhere in the body... Just depends what part of your brain is most affected by your meds...If you can't cope Chloradine or a beta-blocker help a lot but the best way is natural so tumeric/magnesium forte capsules(several of each throughout the day and about half an hour before bed! Good luck
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replied August 9th, 2019
me too, its driving me nuts! and I do it ALL day outside, people look at me like im NUTSSS, I look like a contortionist on crack, im not even kidding. Someone under this comment suggested PLMD, I never heard of it but im gonna look it up... I feel like its an auto immune disease, and that its stemmed from something in my past.
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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 2nd, 2017
I have the same issue. If if I exercise frequently, I probably stretch the following day for hours on end. It's not really all at one time but just like sitting in a chair I will stretch my chest, back, biceps, flex my feet around, etc. I think it also could be OCD behavior in a sense exacerbated by stress, caffeine, other stimulants, etc. Exercise is a stimulant as well (especially cardio). It's not really harmful but yeah it does get annoying. Just try to keep it reasonable and it's not really worth stretching something more if you've already stretched it out for days on end (unless it's sore or tight). It can almost become habitual and in a respect that's not really bad for you as there are far worse issues but if it's to the point of feeling you HAVE TO DO IT then it can start to be a problem. Like anything, just keep it in moderation and don't overdo it if it seems to worsen any pain or discomfort.
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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 October 3rd, 2018
Olanzapine sent me from a size 14 to a size 26 (149.7kg) in just 6 weeks... I've struggled to lose weight ever since... it has maintained since starting abilify but since i found my miracle cure (CBD oil) I'm slowly starting to lose the med-weight... Why's that?
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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 October 3rd, 2018
I know what it is... I suffered it on Seroquel then again from methadone withdrawl... My Dr is AMAZING and he explained it to me... It's the nerve endings either being over-stimulated or looking for something they're used to... (eg opiates)... Mental meds directly affect the brain n nervous system so some meds cause the system to look for what is wrong and cos it can't figure out what to do it sends every response at once... Our bodies generally can't cope with the overload and BOOM you have RLS (restlessleg syndrome) I cant believe nobody knows this! When you have mental health issues looking after body mind n spirit is not to be neglected OK!
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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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replied February 13th, 2017
I wrote a long post but it disappeared so this will be much shorter. This has happened to me a few times. My arms, legs, and sometimes my stomach muscles get the need to constantly stretch. I was in the hospital extremely ill from a rare fungal disease I had. My legs went from 2-10 in the need to stretch to the point my legs were.locking up on me. I became unable to walk without assistance. The infection caused many symptoms but the stretching symptom has been fresh in my mind. I was on all sorts of medications but when my muscles began to lock up they found a severe potassium deficiency in my body. They put me on a potassium drip for a few days and it went away. So keeping this in mind, a few months back when the almost constant need to stretch my muscles came back (albeit much less tense), I decided I would add foods rich in potassium into my diet. I added more bananas (they also help with heat stroke) and potatoes into my meals. I also ate more leafy greens, beans, and so on because I read those help with the cramping. This works for me! Of course you should consult your physician. I wouldn't recommend taking any supplements unless instructed by your doctor. Just adding more of your favorite foods rich in potassium couldn't hurt unless otherwise instructed by your doctor. Remember the muscle stretching is a symptom not the problem. In my case is was lack of potassium. However, you should seek medical attention for the cause. I hope this helps.
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replied March 25th, 2017
I know I'm violating the terms but I'm 11 and I have this problem as well for my back, neck, and legs. It's starting to get really embarrassing and very uncomfortable. I'm really worried and so are my parents. Can someone please help me!
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replied October 3rd, 2018
Ask your Dr to check for diabetes and particularly your blood pressure and heamoglobin levels... Worrying will only make it worse so try to take your mind off it and see a GOOD Dr ASAP OK... Good luck
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replied May 17th, 2017
I have been dealing with these issues for the past few years now. I noticed it the most when I was studying at college and had to sit for long periods of time. I'm always stretching my neck and back and it feels like my right side is like the compressed side of an accordion. Everything is tight on that side. Went to a chiropractor just recently (im 27) and he helped a little bit but it still came back. I've foam rolled , tennis ball, lacrosse ball massaged my whole body for long periods of time because of this. If anyone ever comes up with something please post it
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replied July 11th, 2017
I was having this problem earlier today. I noticed someone here mentioned being ADHD, so I tried a very common method of relieving that. I pulled out the fidget spinner I put in a drawer and forgot about, and it really helped! In just minutes I forgot I even had the feeling and it hasn't come back since. I really hope this helps. I signed up for this site just to share this idea
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replied August 1st, 2017
I have the same issue and have had it for years. It's worse at night when I try to sleep but have this constant urge to stretch.
What I noticed was that there were days that i didn't get it at all. So I tried to figure out what it was that i did different. Initially I thought it was days that I over-worked myself, but it turned out that was not it. There was only one common factor on the days that I got it. It was what i ate. For me it was rice.
Hope this helps someone.
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replied January 19th, 2018
Think about Fibromyalgia, you have painful muscles, tendons, fatigue (pain) there are no tests to diagnose it. No bone pain, just soft tissue. I have had it for years and just realized the fatigue is actually achy pain all over my body. I just started the stretching thing, mostly my back, and getting Charlie horses in my calves. Flailing arms just as I try to fall asleep. Of course got Hydrocortisone-acetaminophen and found all pain gone. The doc said I'd feel good too. Now of course all opioids are being controlled more because of so many overdoses, and addictions. He did not have much else for me. Tylenol and a muscle relaxer. Stupid!!! I hurt, no quality of life. Funny thing, the relief of the pain is supposedly exercise and movement. I am worse after both. No adhd, little ocd, just diagnosed with Osteoporosos, but these never affected me before this. I've felt this most of my 63 year adult life. I'm afdicted to key lime cheesecake but no one put that on the controlled narcotic lists. I use generic Xanax, doc said that's equal to using alcohol. You'd tather I were a lush than help me feel better. At 63, not old by the way, but hell I could kck the bucket any time and have not had one good day of relief.
Finding a new doc most likely female, they tend to be more understanding. Stretching could be related to hormones, they rule your whole body functions. Have your thyroid checked, and get a good blood test done. Rule out vitamin deficiencies, and hormones. Maybe my latest symptom stretching is from coming down from my cheescake high. Another funny thing after eating the cheesecakeS, I started getting charlie horses. Foundtoo much dairy can cause this. I started Potassium tabs again, has helped a great deal, but now have this stretching thing. The feeling I get seems a lot like the ache of my Fibromyalgia. Mostly in my back and neck, but stretch all the way down back of body. Who knows, ask your doc. Need a sympathetic one. Good luck, I feel for you.
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replied January 19th, 2018
Could be lack of amino acids also, I am vegetarian, no meat, you need iron, and b12 injections to replace the lack of meat. That is a big area where amino acids reside. They are used in muscles. I'm throwing stuff out and hope it sticks. If you haven't gone to health food stores to ask, maybe they have clues. I hate to call one out but I'd steer clear of GNC, their products are mostly fillers. Garbage. Nutritionists may be of help. I'm stumped also. That's why I came here.
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