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Muscle pain in legs, burning in right thigh

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 1, 2006
  • 10:03 AM

I had bilateral hernia repair on July 26, 2005. Since then I am experincing severe pain mostly the top of my right thigh and moderate pain in the inner thigh. The night before last, June 29, 2006, I was awoken by burning pain just above the knee. It was like someone poured acid on them. At the same time, my feet and ankle have been swollen for at least 11 days. I still have pain in my left and right groin from surgery. It is almost like I never had the surgery but now only worse. I can't walk, stand, sit or lie down for long periods of time. I do have degenerative disc disease in L4, L5 and S1. The arthritis is progressive and now I feel it in my hips. However, I do not think my back and hernia repair are connected. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I have had injections in my back and in my groin to no avail.

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  • You have described my exact problem I've had for the last 5 years. Since my last back surgury. I was told the burning, stabbing, needle like pain in the thigh is a result of the 2 long stints I did in surgury. I basically had back to back back surgury when the two ruptured discs they fixed re-herniated while in the hospital worse than the first time and 3 days after the first repair they did the second one. From the moment I came out post-op and was awake I was aware of this new pain in my thigh. Never stops, always hurts. Supposedly it's an aggrevated nerve call the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve and those shots down in the groin area are to aid that but it has never worked for me. Let me know if you have any luck. So far here is what I have had done to me.Medications Lyrica Gabitril Clonipin Oxycodone ( various doses ) Diazapam Current pain med is Oxycontin 80 mg x 4 a day = 320 mgs a dayTreatments Physical therapy Aqua therapy Electro stim Nerve block with steroids so many that I have lost count Facet Injections 4 treatments 8 injections per Steroid injections through the stomache muscles where they meet the groin into the area of the hip where the lateral femoral nerve passes through. several of these And the worst of all is the injections into the joint area where the spine and hips meet.What makes these injections suck so much is they take forever positioning that harpoon on a needle. They use a fluoroscope to position the needle moving it in and out and all about stopping now and again to take a picture and see where it's at. When you scream they know they are there.Ain't life grand.
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  • I have just spent 9 weeks in agony with L5-S1 herniated disc. Just nursed it along for the first 4 weeks, i.e. rested and took over the counter meds. I had an MRI July 18 disc was protruding 1.5 cm into lumbar region and compromising L5 and S1 nerve roots. I had a microdiscectomy yesterday August 18th. It is like night and day. The burning in my right thigh, pain in my rt. calf,numbness/tingling in rt foot, pain in lower back burning sensations were awful. I never slept without heavy painkiller Oxycodone. Now I am one day post op and I am home, walking (gingerly) and other than pain from the site of the surgery and general post op fatigue I am a new person.I highly recomend this proceedure
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 20, 2006
    • 03:44 AM
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  • I was operated on 27-7-2007 and discharged on 28-7-07. Before that pain was severe on left leg and numbness in two little fingers of left leg for about 3 months. After operation I have pain in right leg from 28-7-07 from buttocks to Calf muscle which was absent before. MRI report shows disc extrusion.History: Pain in left leg from past one year( Calf muscle) .Why there is pain in right leg after surgery.
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    • August 14, 2007
    • 11:15 AM
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  • I have a burning, numbness and stabbing pain's on my left thigh, and had lower back surgery almost two year's ago. These symtom's were there before my surgery. The doctor told me that it's Fibromyalgia. I have been taking Lyrica 300mgs twice a day now for a week and still no response to the medication.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 28, 2010
    • 02:11 AM
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  • My I am having the same pain. problem here is I have seen every Dr. Specialist under the sun. They don't have a diagnosis. How do you find the right specialist. When they ask me to describe the pain it can go anywhere from my upper right leg down the inside and around the knee and ankles. or it can just be around the upper thigh with swelling and burning. If you are not completely specific to one area they look at youas if you have lost your mind or and putting it on. I have been like this now for three years. it is depressing to say the least. it is now chronic and the defenitly don't know what to do with me. Help
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 4, 2010
    • 00:00 AM
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  • Hi, I am a physical therapist. I would say that if your new symptoms began immediately after the hernia surgery I would communicat your symptoms with your surgeon to see if there could be a relationship between the two. Thigh symptoms, from a neurological standpoint, should not be related to nernia surgery but I would not rule it out. If this were the case the symptoms would generally be constant with no great change with different postures or positions. As for your DDD of L4-L5, the thigh is innervated by the L3 nerve so it seems your issue is a little lower. If the low back is a cause of your symptoms there is generally a pattern to the symptoms. Visit http://www.joint-pain-solutions.com/degenerative-disc-disease.html and see if the pattern of your symptoms match. If the symptoms are aggravated with specific postures, positions, or activities there is a better chance it is related to the lumbar spine. Hope this helps. ~JTrempe PT, ATC
    JTrempe 101 Replies
    • October 5, 2010
    • 03:24 PM
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  • i have excruciating pain in my upper left thigh while bowling. when I was a teenager I pulled it playing basketball and the muscle "balled up". I've never had it checked out, but as i get older it seems to be giving more problems, could it be torn, and if so what can be done for it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 17, 2010
    • 04:55 AM
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  • You have described my exact problem I've had for the last 5 years. Since my last back surgury. I was told the burning, stabbing, needle like pain in the thigh is a result of the 2 long stints I did in surgury. I basically had back to back back surgury when the two ruptured discs they fixed re-herniated while in the hospital worse than the first time and 3 days after the first repair they did the second one. From the moment I came out post-op and was awake I was aware of this new pain in my thigh. Never stops, always hurts. Supposedly it's an aggrevated nerve call the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve and those shots down in the groin area are to aid that but it has never worked for me. Let me know if you have any luck. So far here is what I have had done to me.Medications Lyrica Gabitril Clonipin Oxycodone ( various doses ) Diazapam Current pain med is Oxycontin 80 mg x 4 a day = 320 mgs a dayTreatments Physical therapy Aqua therapy Electro stim Nerve block with steroids so many that I have lost count Facet Injections 4 treatments 8 injections per Steroid injections through the stomache muscles where they meet the groin into the area of the hip where the lateral femoral nerve passes through. several of these And the worst of all is the injections into the joint area where the spine and hips meet.What makes these injections suck so much is they take forever positioning that harpoon on a needle. They use a fluoroscope to position the needle moving it in and out and all about stopping now and again to take a picture and see where it's at. When you scream they know they are there.Ain't life grand.Have you tried acupuncture? I have found some relief from it, but it takes time. I have herniated discs at L4- L5- S1- S2 and a couple further up my back. I have tried all the same medications and more, but all they did was make me a mental moron when I took the dosage that lessened the pain. I also had a quadruple bypass and the scar never healed correctly and it was/is painful to the touch. I have been getting acupuncture for it and I can now let the seatbelt strap rest on the chest....big improvement from before driving with the belt behind my left shoulder.I do get some relief from the monthly facet joint blocks I get, but sometimes it just doesn't do a thing.I tried a rozotomy and that made it worse, so don't get talked into one of those.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 13, 2010
    • 10:38 PM
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  • I have a burning, numbness and stabbing pain's on my left thigh, and had lower back surgery almost two year's ago. These symtom's were there before my surgery. The doctor told me that it's Fibromyalgia. I have been taking Lyrica 300mgs twice a day now for a week and still no response to the medication. The outside front (anterior lateral) area of the left and right thigh is affected by the Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve. This nerve is a 'Sensory Nerve' and belongs to the Peripheral Nervous System. All Sensory Nerves can only respond in two ways: temperature and pain. Therefore the only experience we can have of this nerve is the feeling of strange heat (burning) and in severe cases, excruciating pain. Mild symptoms may include pins & needles but generally speaking, the Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve neuropathies produce the most severe pain of all of the Sensory Neuropathies which are now being called "Painful Neuropathies" by the neuorologists such as Marchettini and Lacerenza. Most doctors will be incapable of recognising these symptoms and will refuse to investigate, research or study the symptoms with the vast resources available to them. Most Sensory Neuropathies are left undiagnosed, mis-diagnosed and therefore untreated; the sufferers simply brushed off as malingerers or labelled with convenient psychological epithets. Attempts have been made to establish a Gold Standard for the diagnosis of Sensory Neuropathies as recently as 2008, but neurologists overall know little about diseases affecting the Peripheral Nervous System.
    John Day 3 Replies
    • December 7, 2010
    • 03:02 AM
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