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Upper front thigh hurts when I bend at the waist

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  • Posted By: sayjack
  • July 1, 2009
  • 11:48 PM

Hello All,

This is my fist post as I found this site trying to find out what is going on with by upper left leg. So far doctors haven't found anything after looking at two xrays and one sonogram (checking for blood clots). It doesn't hurt all the time. I'm sitting right now and everything is fine. But if I were to walk continually for about a 5 to 10 minutes, a pain will began in what I believe to be the inner joint area of my leg and hip. It may not be the joint but a muscle in that area, I don't know. If I keep walking a pain will suddenly arise in the front of my upper thigh and it only hurts when I lift my leg. This is when it gets extremely painful causing be to stop walking. I can stand on it and put my weight on it with no problems. But the worst pain comes when I sit down. Like something is pulling or tearing. The doctors don't know what it is yet and I'm suppose to get an MRI done in a few days. The closest thing I can find that sounds like similar conditions is Piriformis syndrome. But my pain doesn't emanate from by buttocks. It's in the front of my leg and hurts the most when I sit down after walking for 5-10 minutes. If I lay straight for a while, I can sit up. I usually put ice on it and keep my legs together as this seems to reduce the pain somewhat. The doctor at the ER I went to last Saturday thinks it could be coming from my back. I do have a history of back pains that usually subside with ice and deep massage. I have been doing this with my leg and trying to stay off my feet all together. If anyone has a clue as to exactly what is going on, feel free to post. Any insight will be greatly appreciated. I'll post an update when I get the MRI done.

Thanks All. :)

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  • Hi Sayjack,I'm dealing with similar symptoms, and treatment is not helping. I'm wondering if you've found any relief or healing.My situation: no trauma or strange activity to cause the injury. Slight pain in inner front of hip when walking, though not too bad. Excruciating pain to sit down, as knee approaches my torso. After sitting for a while, no pain at all. Then after standing for 5 min, excruciating pain to sit again.Thanks for any insight you can offer.Best,DavidHello All,This is my fist post as I found this site trying to find out what is going on with by upper left leg. So far doctors haven't found anything after looking at two xrays and one sonogram (checking for blood clots). It doesn't hurt all the time. I'm sitting right now and everything is fine. But if I were to walk continually for about a 5 to 10 minutes, a pain will began in what I believe to be the inner joint area of my leg and hip. It may not be the joint but a muscle in that area, I don't know. If I keep walking a pain will suddenly arise in the front of my upper thigh and it only hurts when I lift my leg. This is when it gets extremely painful causing be to stop walking. I can stand on it and put my weight on it with no problems. But the worst pain comes when I sit down. Like something is pulling or tearing. The doctors don't know what it is yet and I'm suppose to get an MRI done in a few days. The closest thing I can find that sounds like similar conditions is Piriformis syndrome. But my pain doesn't emanate from by buttocks. It's in the front of my leg and hurts the most when I sit down after walking for 5-10 minutes. If I lay straight for a while, I can sit up. I usually put ice on it and keep my legs together as this seems to reduce the pain somewhat. The doctor at the ER I went to last Saturday thinks it could be coming from my back. I do have a history of back pains that usually subside with ice and deep massage. I have been doing this with my leg and trying to stay off my feet all together. If anyone has a clue as to exactly what is going on, feel free to post. Any insight will be greatly appreciated. I'll post an update when I get the MRI done. Thanks All. :)
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  • Wow, I never thought anyone was going to reply to my original post. Anyways, I think my pain was caused by improper leg positioning while sitting. I had a habit of sitting with my left leg cocked to the side so that my left knee was pointing almost 90 degrees from the line the rest of my body made. I've eliminated this habit and I have had no more pain.It's important to note that my doctor never diagnosed my condition other than, "upper thigh-leg pain." and gave me a week off from work to stay in bed. An MRI never showed anythingOnce the week was up, the pain did subside a little but minor pain persisted. So, I tried everything I could think of from walking differently (making sure I ended my step off the tip of my big toe as opposed to the inner side of my foot) to making sure I did not sit on anything too hard.Finally, I noticed the way I was cocking may leg when I was sitting and also when I was sleeping. I've done this all my life. I'm 36. It was only when I corrected my leg position so that it was strait did the pain finally go away entirely.I do not suffer from anymore pain. I certainly hope this helps because I don't wish what I went through on no one. Let my know how things turn out for you.Sayjack.Hi Sayjack,I'm dealing with similar symptoms, and treatment is not helping. I'm wondering if you've found any relief or healing.My situation: no trauma or strange activity to cause the injury. Slight pain in inner front of hip when walking, though not too bad. Excruciating pain to sit down, as knee approaches my torso. After sitting for a while, no pain at all. Then after standing for 5 min, excruciating pain to sit again.Thanks for any insight you can offer.Best,David
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  • Hey,Well, I had the pain for about half a year. Doc didn't know what it was from. Did physio, stretches, exercises. When I gave up on all of that stuff out of frustration and just ignored it, it got better. I still have lingering tightness, but pretty well better now. Definitely has made me question the merits of physio, though I'm sure it helps in some cases.best,dWow, I never thought anyone was going to reply to my original post. Anyways, I think my pain was caused by improper leg positioning while sitting. I had a habit of sitting with my left leg cocked to the side so that my left knee was pointing almost 90 degrees from the line the rest of my body made. I've eliminated this habit and I have had no more pain.It's important to note that my doctor never diagnosed my condition other than, "upper thigh-leg pain." and gave me a week off from work to stay in bed. An MRI never showed anythingOnce the week was up, the pain did subside a little but minor pain persisted. So, I tried everything I could think of from walking differently (making sure I ended my step off the tip of my big toe as opposed to the inner side of my foot) to making sure I did not sit on anything too hard.Finally, I noticed the way I was cocking may leg when I was sitting and also when I was sleeping. I've done this all my life. I'm 36. It was only when I corrected my leg position so that it was strait did the pain finally go away entirely.I do not suffer from anymore pain. I certainly hope this helps because I don't wish what I went through on no one. Let my know how things turn out for you.Sayjack.
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  • Please check out Piriformis Syndrome -- what I have is very similar -- the stretches for the condition help a lot.
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