• Paul Paul
    November 05, 2009
    I have a bad pain in upper left thigh only. I'm ok when sitting or lying down.
    Paul Paul
    November 05, 2009

    I have a very bad pain in my upper left thigh only.  I'm ok when sitting or lying down, but hurts very bad when I stand and/or walk.  DVT was ruled out today after an ultra sound. I Did not injure it at any time and do not have any swelling or marks.  I thought my next step should be an xray of my bone.  Any advice?  Doctor only wants to give me ibuprofen and pain-killers, but I'm not comfortable with that. Something is going on in there that happened all of a sudden.

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  • Christina Lasich, MD
    Health Pro
    November 05, 2009
    Christina Lasich, MD
    Health Pro
    November 05, 2009

    Your pain could be caused by a few different options. Thigh pain with weightbearing could be caused by hip arthritis. A x-ray and physical exam should be able to rule this possibility in or out. Anterior thigh pain with standing or walking is frequently caused by a condition called Meralgia Paresthetica. This fancy word means that the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve could be irritated usually at the inguinal ligament. The nerve can become stretched or pinched at this point (the crease in your groin). Another possiblity is lumbar stenosis causing nerve pain into the proximal leg (the thigh) which is roughly the level of L2 or L3. Nerve tests of the leg could be very helpful.

     

    These are the likely suspects. A physician who understands the nerve, muscle and bone system should be able to take a closer look and find the offender. Sometimes primary care providers just can't and don't know all the answers. It is what they don't know that can be scary, especially when they don't refer to someone who might know. Look for a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist.

     

    Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

    • Paul
      November 06, 2009
      Paul
      November 06, 2009

      Thank you so much Doctor.  This information is very helpful.

       

      Paul

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    • smurphey
      January 10, 2016
      smurphey
      January 10, 2016
      My son has a similar issue but after 17 different tests including MRI's Ultra Sound, etc. the answer is always we have no clue. Any ideas what specialist should be seen now? Multiple Ortho, Neuro have already been consulted READ MORE
    • jess.cmo
      February 13, 2016
      jess.cmo
      February 13, 2016
      I'm going through this right now as well. And pain in my right big toe. It's too expensive to go see a specialist but I know I need to go to the doctor sooner or later. I want to go ASAP, sucks that money gets in the way. I know this is an old post, hope the original poster and your son are doing better. READ MORE
    • jld5358
      March 27, 2016
      jld5358
      March 27, 2016
      I also posted about my left front femoral nerve area. I'll make an appt to see my neuro ASAP as I can barely walk now could sitting in the car for 7-8 hours cause a new nerve to be pinched ?? It's miserable please respond dr!! Ty so much. READ MORE
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