Extreme quadriceps starting pain after 3-4 rest days

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Here’s an excerpt from a Katie Compton article that may help add a little.


Since I wasn’t riding, I had lots of extra time,” Compton said. “I was sad and depressed. I was reading a lot, and listening to podcasts, especially those focusing on diet, nutrition, and health, trying to figure out why I felt so awful. Even walking up the stairs, I would stop for recovery at the top, and this was when I was not even training. I would get tired even just out walking the dog.”
Compton came across a podcast focusing on thyroid issues that touched on all of her symptoms. Through this, she ultimately discovered that she has a genetic defect — her body lacks the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase enzyme (MTHFR) needed to convert folic acid into the usable form of methyl folate. Without this enzyme, folic acid builds up in the blood stream to toxic levels.
“Blood tests confirmed that I have that gene defect. It’s the root of all of my issues,” Compton said. “I asked my endocrinologist to check for it, and I was positive for both defects on both genes, one from mom, one from my dad. All the symptoms — leg cramps, asthma, reduced ability to recover, antibiotics make it worse — are all from this defect.”
(Noteworthy: In January 1998, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began requiring manufacturers to add folic acid to enriched breads, cereals, flours, cornmeals, pastas, rice, and other grain products, primarily because pregnant women with insufficient folate intakes are at increased risk of giving birth to infants with neural tube defects. Compton’s leg cramp issues began in 1998.)
After almost 20 years of complicated health issues, the solution to Compton’s problems is simple — taking methyl folate supplements, and avoiding foods enriched with folic acid.
“The entire time I’ve been racing, I’ve been dealing with this,” Compton said. “This is the first time I’ve ever been able to train without leg cramps. So there is a huge positive of not riding this summer. If I hadn’t had so much time on my hands, I wouldn’t have gone to the trouble to research this, and I happened to stumbled upon the right podcast. It’s changed my life.”
 
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So following on from the above and the MTHFR gene mutation I have had the testing done and I do have the following
C677T Mutation 1 heterozygous
A1298C Mutation 0 not detected


So what this is all means will require more research but I’m hoping we may be onto something as per Katie Compton. If anyone else gets tested please feel free to share the results.
 
I've had some similar experiences to those described in this thread, however I'm lucky enough to say that they went away, and are years behind me. That is the pain in the quadriceps after a few rest days ! Probably my pain came from increasing training volume very sharply, at least that is how I diagnosed myself. Still strange though that it is the rest days that cause trouble.

However I have developed another problem. Cycling has become my main form of training, while 5-6 years back I switched from running to cycling. For years it was ok to do the occasional run, but not anymore. If I do a run even a moderate one that does not even at all feel painful, my quads will be destroyed the next day, to the point of having sharp pain while walking. Pain will slowly subside, but the legs will not feel good before around 5 days of recovery/light training.

I'm wondering if this is caused by some inflammation in the muscles, or what, it seems that the hard hits from running causes massive trouble, which it never did before. By the way I eat carbs without any worry, munching them down, may also be a problem hehe. Or maybe I'm just getting old, at 52 I guess I cant expect too much, being relatively good at cycling is not too bad :)

One issue that I have wondered about - as a taxi driver I sit a lot, and blood circulation in your quads is quite limited when sitting too much. Maybe some of these "rest day" problems are mostly connected to not getting enough blood through the big muscles that need to transport away some waste material from previous efforts ? Just a thought :)
 
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I've had some similar experiences to those described in this thread, however I'm lucky enough to say that they went away, and are years behind me. That is the pain in the quadriceps after a few rest days ! Probably my pain came from increasing training volume very sharply, at least that is how I diagnosed myself. Still strange though that it is the rest days that cause trouble.

However I have developed another problem. Cycling has become my main form of training, while 5-6 years back I switched from running to cycling. For years it was ok to do the occasional run, but not anymore. If I do a run even a moderate one that does not even at all feel painful, my quads will be destroyed the next day, to the point of having sharp pain while walking. Pain will slowly subside, but the legs will not feel good before around 5 days of recovery/light training.

I'm wondering if this is caused by some inflammation in the muscles, or what, it seems that the hard hits from running causes massive trouble, which it never did before. By the way I eat carbs without any worry, munching them down, may also be a problem hehe. Or maybe I'm just getting old, at 52 I guess I cant expect too much, being relatively good at cycling is not too bad Elly:).

One issue bitcoin poker that I have wondered about - as a taxi driver I sit a lot, and blood circulation in your quads is quite limited when sitting too much. Maybe some of these "rest day" problems are mostly connected to Nexthash not getting enough blood through the big muscles that need to transport away some waste material from previous efforts ? Just a thought :)
I'm 30, cycling for 3 years.. having similar problems, sitting 8h/day. I also thought about my big muscles not getting enough blood. That might be it, I will consider changing my job!
 
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