Wow, I'm a bit excited that I've finally found others having the same problem as me but at the same time a bit disappointed after reading all 11 pages that there seems to be no definitive answer to our problem.
I'm a competitive cyclist (USA Crit and Track) and like many others have stated I get the same 'stabbing' pains in my quads after intensive training blocks, usually only after resting for 1-3 days. Typical training week is ~ 12 hours 250miles on the high end which include 2 training crits, 1 active recover ride (~20-30miles), 1 solo temp ride (~30 miles) 1 race day which may consist of 2-3 races = 80-100minutes of racing.
The pain, just like everyone else, jumps around to different muscle groups in my quads, above the knee, hamstrings, glutes. It's a sharp stabbing pain, causing the muscles to feel like they are contracted and leaving my quads very soar afterwards.
I live on the third floor of my condo complex and have to take 4 flights of stairs. I can always tell when I'm about to have an attack when I walk down the stairs and about 30 seconds later the quads start to tingle and go into full spasm. Going upstairs is not problem, it's always the down part. I've been dealing with this problem for about 5 years now, it's very frustrating.
My only solution has been to get on the trainer/rollers and spin for 30 seconds to 1 minute, just about the time the quads start locking up but not full spasm, get off the bike and stretch deep. Rinse and repeat this for 1-2 hours for anywhere from 1-4 days until I'm to a point where I can ride again with only mild tightening. Once it's mild enough I seem to be able to ride through the initial tightness and I'm right back to having ZERO problems and 100% heath.
Been to my primary DR, chiropractor , PT, massage, nothing works. After reading some of the posts here seems like the only thing left to do is muscle biopsy but I really cant be on crutches for a week and off the bike for 6 weeks in the middle of race season.
Like everyone else here, cycling is life, it's so frustrating to be sidelined while watching all of my friends racing and training and all I can do is sit and watch. Try to tell anyone whats wrong with you and you get the same generic, "Well you're not stretching enough", "You need to eat more potassium and hydrate", "Foam roller and compression". NONE of these things work to solve the problem, I've been there, done that, got the Tee Shirt.
Anyway as I said I'm glad to have found this thread and will keep an eye out for any real solutions. Thank you to everyone that has contributed a story here, it's nice to know I'm not the only one out there with this disorder.
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on 29 Mar 2017 18:13, edited 1 time in total.