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Excrutiating right thigh & knee pain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 23, 2010
  • 08:06 PM

I'm posting here because I'm so desperate. Some background: I'm an active and healthy 26 year old. Fort the past two months I have had tightness/pain in my right thigh. The pain started out at the top and side of my thigh so I assumed it was sciatica since I have a history of sciatica outbursts. After a few days of the pain not subsiding I went to my orthopedist who sent me for an MRI of my back. When the results came back there was nothing on my MRI, but by this point the pain had moved further down my thigh to my knee as well. Also the pain continued to increase in strength and I started to lose muscle capacity. There were even times when I could not bend my knee. So then my Dr sent me for an MRI of my knee which also showed nothing. And the pain got worse, became more sharp, and weakened my leg even more. When I sat down with my legs in front of me and tried to lift my right leg it shook uncontrollably and would not lift at all. When I showed my Dr this he assumed I had a tear in my quad muscles and sent me for a THIRD MRI of my thigh. Again NOTHING. At this point I'm in so much pain I can barely sleep and I feel like the pain also clouds my judgement. I work at a bookstore where I'm on my feet all day and cannot get off of work until my DR finds out exactly what is wrong with me. This leaves me in so much pain in the evening that I have to take a muscle relaxer or narcotic in order to get any sleep at all. There are even times that I dream of my pain and wake up in sweats because my leg hurts so much. My leg is also still very week and there I times where I cannot bend or fully straighten my leg so I have to sort of dangle it while putting all of my weight on my left leg. I feel myself getting depressed and dejected because no one can find out why my leg hurts so much and why it is getting worse.

Now my Dr thinks I may have an auto immune disease, but after my research I can't find any that fit since the pain is only in one leg and not both. I'm not even sure what Dr I should go to next, but I know that there is no way for me to let this go and ignore what I'm feeling. Please please if this sounds like anything you have or have heard of from other posts let me know!

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  • I have the same type of symptoms but in my left thigh, I've had so many tests come back negative and seen many specialists. I rarely get sleep, I even have dreams that dr's are working on me and the pain wakes me up. Ibuprophen is the only medicine that works for me, you can try that until we get this thing figured out. I drink a lot of water and have to take 3200 mg of ibuprophen a day just to be able to withstand the pain. I'll pray for you!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 5, 2010
    • 09:14 AM
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  • I have the same type of symptoms but in my left thigh, I've had so many tests come back negative and seen many specialists. I rarely get sleep, I even have dreams that dr's are working on me and the pain wakes me up. Ibuprophen is the only medicine that works for me, you can try that until we get this thing figured out. I drink a lot of water and have to take 3200 mg of ibuprophen a day just to be able to withstand the pain. I'll pray for you! I have pain in my thigh,Knee and side of my hip.My doctor said it's comming from a tear in my hip.
    Lots of pain 2 Replies
    • October 26, 2010
    • 11:06 PM
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  • I'm posting here because I'm so desperate. Some background: I'm an active and healthy 26 year old. Fort the past two months I have had tightness/pain in my right thigh. The pain started out at the top and side of my thigh so I assumed it was sciatica since I have a history of sciatica outbursts. After a few days of the pain not subsiding I went to my orthopedist who sent me for an MRI of my back. When the results came back there was nothing on my MRI, but by this point the pain had moved further down my thigh to my knee as well. Also the pain continued to increase in strength and I started to lose muscle capacity. There were even times when I could not bend my knee. So then my Dr sent me for an MRI of my knee which also showed nothing. And the pain got worse, became more sharp, and weakened my leg even more. When I sat down with my legs in front of me and tried to lift my right leg it shook uncontrollably and would not lift at all. When I showed my Dr this he assumed I had a tear in my quad muscles and sent me for a THIRD MRI of my thigh. Again NOTHING. At this point I'm in so much pain I can barely sleep and I feel like the pain also clouds my judgement. I work at a bookstore where I'm on my feet all day and cannot get off of work until my DR finds out exactly what is wrong with me. This leaves me in so much pain in the evening that I have to take a muscle relaxer or narcotic in order to get any sleep at all. There are even times that I dream of my pain and wake up in sweats because my leg hurts so much. My leg is also still very week and there I times where I cannot bend or fully straighten my leg so I have to sort of dangle it while putting all of my weight on my left leg. I feel myself getting depressed and dejected because no one can find out why my leg hurts so much and why it is getting worse.Now my Dr thinks I may have an auto immune disease, but after my research I can't find any that fit since the pain is only in one leg and not both. I'm not even sure what Dr I should go to next, but I know that there is no way for me to let this go and ignore what I'm feeling. Please please if this sounds like anything you have or have heard of from other posts let me know!sounds like it may be coming from your back? I had similar problem and turned out that after i got numbness in my leg and foot they finally figured out it was the back nerves and not just arthritis.. worth checking out!
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  • sounds like it may be coming from your back? I had similar problem and turned out that after i got numbness in my leg and foot they finally figured out it was the back nerves and not just arthritis.. worth checking out!I have the same problems as the originator of this thread. xrays, MRI, mylogram, etc has shown nothing. Now being checked for Reiter's disease as I have many of the symptoms but not all. My pain is from my hips down my thighs and localized in my knees of both legs. It aches most of the time but really hurts on putting weight on my joints. I have to walk with crutches and it is very painful to try toget around. Doctors have been seeing me for over a year and can't find the cause. dI have been a partial invalid for almost a year and it is very frustrating as I have always led an active phtsical life and walked about six miles a day prior to my condition.
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  • Answer: E Watery fluid with strongly negative birefringent crystals and 20,000 white cells/μL
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  • I have the same problems as the originator of this thread. xrays, MRI, mylogram, etc has shown nothing. Now being checked for Reiter's disease as I have many of the symptoms but not all. My pain is from my hips down my thighs and localized in my knees of both legs. It aches most of the time but really hurts on putting weight on my joints. I have to walk with crutches and it is very painful to try toget around. Doctors have been seeing me for over a year and can't find the cause. dI have been a partial invalid for almost a year and it is very frustrating as I have always led an active phtsical life and walked about six miles a day prior to my condition. Hi There ! I am on the same boat. Gut feeling says that primary source of pain is HIP. I would really appreciate if your could help me with your experience. Did you take any specific medicine or tests? Rgds,
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    • December 27, 2013
    • 10:08 PM
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