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Weirdest pain in my left front thigh

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 21, 2006
  • 08:59 AM

I have to ask if anyone out there has had these symtoms. In the morning (not every morning but getting more frequent lately) I get very sharp burning like pain in the front of my thigh. This pain is so severe that it makes me scream at the top of my lungs. It's when I try to get out of bed, moving any body part, the pain is only localized in the thigh. Then when I stop moving it goes away (lasts about the lenghth of a charley horse) Then I rest a bit and try to move another body part, scream sweat, rest. This goes on until I can drag my body up and once standing , I'm fine. This process takes about 1 hour. Any guesses?

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  • sounds like reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome now known as complex regional pain syndrome. Read my posting on "ankle spasm" for symptoms and response...pain is the hallmark they say, and can occur anywhere in the body. If this is so, I am sorry and hope the symptoms have abated. Would like to hear if you have received any successful treatment.
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  • I get a pain in my right upper thigh area, about 3 inches down from the top of the leg. It is localized and hurts in an area about the size of a toonie... it only hurts in that small area but it really really hurts... any ideas????
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 12, 2006
    • 09:25 PM
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  • I have the exact same thing happen but it usually occurs at night when I'm laying down in bed as well. It's connected to an opiate/benzo overdose I suffered, probably from the renal failure. It can be anywhere from annoying to quite painful. The closest thing I can equate it to would be like the pins and needles sensation when part of your body falls "asleep", but it's almost as if it's burning. Not really heat, but almost the frost bite type burn. I don't know but I would love to get a better idea of what's going on as well. Using opiates triggers the sensation, but that might just be my bodies physiological "memory" associating my overdose with whatever's going on in my thigh.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 30, 2006
    • 07:03 PM
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  • i figured out what I have... peripheral neuropathy, specifically with my bilateral carpal tunnel including my thigh, which is meralgia paresthetica, which was most likely caused by my kidney failure.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 30, 2006
    • 07:27 PM
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  • I just posted a thread similar to yours today. I get leg aches in the morning in various places, probably most often between my left knee and thigh, but they can be all over both legs. When I get up they go away. Alpha Lipoic Acid capsules help me, 100 mg each, one in the morning and one before bed. My doctors don't have a guess. I've self diagnosed as peripheral neuropathy, like another person to answer you, but am just guessing. Good luck and I'll try to keep up with you if I can figure out how. --Dianne at di.kid@hotmail.com
    woodswalker 1 Replies
    • October 25, 2006
    • 02:58 PM
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  • are u getting pains and needles ? i am in my inner thigh. i think its from sit up. and a pinched nerve. u been doing any of that?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 1, 2006
    • 01:19 PM
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  • I've been getting similar issues the past week or so. I can't remember doing anything to hurt my back, but my right front thigh has been "falling asleep" or burning at night while I'm asleep or when I'm on the couch or computer chair. It doesn't always, but every once in a while - probably at least once or twice a day. I'm 26, 5'10" 240 - out of shape, although my blood pressure and other levels are great.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 25, 2006
    • 10:06 PM
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  • I have heard of two similar cases (a movie was made of one case actully and the other was a young lady who once attended my same school and was very athletic) of pain in the upper thigh or lower leg of one leg and localised. The two individuals were not beleived until they were very sick and it was too late, they were diagnosed with cancer of the leg.Your case may be neurological as it sounds very much indicative to a nearve problem or inflamation, but insist on a MRI, not a CT or X-ray, just to exclude any possiblity of cancer and some blood work to check your white blood cell count. This type of cancer is very overlooked becasue it sounds and is so obscure, check it out immediately.I pray it is neurological.Agape,searchingsam
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 25, 2006
    • 10:53 PM
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  • PS. If all tests are negative, seek out an osteopath who specialises in muslce skeletal and can do manipulation if this is in anyway a nerve compression problem.Agape,searchingsam
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 25, 2006
    • 11:15 PM
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  • I recently started getting a very intense burning sensation in my left thigh just above the knee. The only way I can explain it, is that it feels like someone has stabbed me with a hot knife. I recently have become more active and at first I thought it was because of that. But it still occurs daily. Any clues ?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 9, 2006
    • 06:12 PM
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  • Hi there, I have been experiencing the same thing as that. Feels like something is stabbing my thigh with a hot knife! Happens on and off, when I'm sleeping, walking, sitting....Did you have any idea what it is since your post? It hurts so much, it startles me when it happens. Thanks, Marla
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    • December 26, 2006
    • 06:14 PM
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  • HiI just started looking around for some explanation to the pain I'm having in my thighs. It feels like someone's pressing extremely hard. It's usually on my right thigh, but sometimes, and more frequently now, on the left. The location is on the top front, just slightly off to the side. It's not pins and needles. Does that sound like what others are experiencing? I have not been taking any meds, as mentioned in other posts. Any ideas?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 18, 2007
    • 00:00 AM
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  • I too have a very persistent pain in my right thigh, since the end of December. At first I thought is was a sore muscle because both legs hurt from delievering flowers for a week. But after a rest the left thigh was better but the right thigh still hurt, and continues to do so. Stabbing, persistent all day pain.I've tried to massasge it and use muscle rub ointment but it doesn't get better. I do have diabetes that's not well controlled and take insulin.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 30, 2007
    • 11:53 PM
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  • I've been experiencing this for about 3 weeks, just started seeing dr about it a week ago. Took some blood to check for kidney or diabetes issues, (i have never been diagnosed with either) haven't heard anything. I am always vaguely aware of a weird, crawling, numb sensation on upper right thigh during the day. at night I get the intense burning sensation talked about above. I first noticed one night when I had the electric blanket on, I thought something had gone haywire with the blanket, and shut it off. It progressively has gotten worse. "Hot knife" fits the bill, also reminds of when I accidently scratch a sunburn. but 100 times worse. Wakes me up. Dr told me to take advil, don't think it's helping. I'm calling him on Monday,he said if blood tests show nothing, and it doesn't get better, he'll do a nerve test of some kind. He asked me if I had hurt my back or neck, or landed funny or a super long car ride. None of those. Googling "Burning Thigh" leads me to "Meralgia paresthetica". Essentially a pinched nerve that leads from pelvic to knee. The only difference I have is it says MP is worse with activity and better at rest, and mine is the exact opposite. New these past few days is a sensation of it being wet, underneath, like if I could sqeeze my thigh like a sponge, I could wring out liquid. By the way, I can't see anything different between the affected and non-affected thigh. There is no redness, rash or swelling. I started in the middle of the front, right side of right thing, now has sprea to almost start of hip, and down to knee. I'll write again as I see the Dr. I sign myself LizM
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 3, 2007
    • 04:48 PM
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  • I have been experiencing the same pain but in my right knee. It began 10 days ago. I can't plant my foot properly without feeling pain, I essentially have to walk with a limp. The sensations vary from tightness to feeling like somebody is poking my inner knee with a needle of some sort. If I try to lay prone the pain gets worst and my knee begins to tighten. So painful that I have to sleep siting up or sleep on the sofa resting my leg on an ottoman. I have recently been going through VNUS procedures to get rid of varicose veins and I believe that it could be the source of the pain. However since I wasn't sure last week I went to see an orthopaedic doctor last week who took x-rays found no broken or fractured bones and guessed that it might be torn cartledge. A few days later I was scheduled for a VNUS leg scan and the technician discovered that I had a swollen vein which was close to the skin in my right leg that went from my inner thigh to right below my right knee cap. He said that the good thing was that there was no blood clot. Since then as a precaution I have been taking 2 baby aspirins a day and 600 IU of vitamin E daily to help thin out my blood. Anything else I take for pain doesnt seem to help (1000mg tylenol or 800mg Ibuprofen). My mother advised me to try Venastat which I am presently taking. I called my VNUS doctors office for an appointment today and unfortunately my doctor wont be in for another 2 days. When I explained my symptoms to his nurse she said that she had never heard about those types of symptoms and said to keep wearing my compression hose as I have been wearing them until then.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 12, 2007
    • 10:17 PM
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  • I am experiencing a pain in my left thigh, now for about 2-3 weeks, seems to be getting worse. Not so sharp, a dull ache that is deep and never goes away. It worsens when sitting or laying. I can run and everything with no side effects. I am afraid it is something bad, circulatory. I work at a computer all day long, but am only 29. Any ideas?
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  • I have been reading your mails, and I am still unsure as to wether the pain I get is the same, My problem started about 4 days ago it is at the front of both my thighs, and is at its worst when I sit upright in fact I am sat with my laptop on my knee and am in a lot of pain, I also have pain in my left hip, and the lower left side of my abdomen. Has anyone any advice or ideas, Im taking painkillers but getting no relisf from it.Cheers.
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  • I have had five operations including bone grafts to lumbar spine. To day I awoke with the return of severe pain down the front of my right thigh. There are , as usual, select areas where the pain is more intense these are in the groin and also in the inner aspect of the knee. There is no noticable weekness in the leg muscles or in joint action although the pain makes movement difficult. Non steroidal analgesics do not relieve the pain. It is not possible to identify any action which would have caused the return of this pain . Can anyone help?
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  • Hello i understand where you all are coming from. I've had three back surgeries and the third one i recently had was a two level spinal fusion. And two days after leaving the hospital, my thighs are killing me, in the front and down my legs. This pain is no joke, anything touches, rubbing against them, anything brings on pain, walking, sitting, anything. I've had an EMG which resulted in chronic nerve damage in my L4 nerve root. My doctors are trying to figure this out. I've been reading also and it leads me to Meralgia Parathetics something to that nature. I sure hope we all can find some kind of relief. I've been switched back and forth on several meds, lyrica, percocet, oxycotin, etc. Still no relief. Is there anything else that could be done or tried at home? I use cold towels on my thighs sometimes. again, i hope we all can find some relief.......Victor
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  • I had posted this in another thread but found this thread so thought I would post it here too since some of you seem to have sort of the same symptoms... It has been about 11 weeks now that I have had this pain in my lower back and upper right thigh. The thigh feeling is sometimes an ache, sometimes it burns and sometimes it tingles. I went to my general practitioner 2 weeks after it started. She had me tested for Lyme disease again (I was diagnosed 9/06) The bloodwork came back negative. Sed rate bloodwork all came back normal too. Was sent to an infectious disease specialist and he too said no Lyme disease. I sure hope it isn't Lyme disease but I am not so sure why he dismissed that so quickly. He said maybe its a herniated disc and prescribed an MRI...which was denied by my insurance company (which infuriates me, but that is another story). They said I have to try ice, heat, NSAIDS and physical therapy for 6-8 weeks before they will allow an MRI. Have tried the first three with no luck. May be trying the PT after I am back from vacation in a couple weeks. I just don't know where to go from here. It isn't what I would call painful and has not kept me from doing the things I enjoy...but I have become very depressed because I just don't know what is wrong...and I am fearing that it could be something serious. I am thinking that on the positive side I do seem to feel better in the morning. And if I am sitting or standing for long periods of time the symptoms are worse. Funny thing is, I hiked for 3 hours the other day and walked for over an hour the day before that and felt quite good (no back aching or leg tingling). Thanks for reading and I would appreciate any thoughts.
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