for over 4 years, i get this shooting pain in my upper thigh 3 to 4 times a day, for a few months, then it goes away. I can be walking when all of a sudden, the pain shoots, and i have to hold my leg up for a minute or two before i can walk on it again, but only with a limp. it hurts to move the leg left or right while sitting or walking up or down stairs. it seems to reach a very high pain after a few months, then gradually subsides for a few months before returning. i am in tears when it is at its worst. i never know when it is going to happen until it happens. during a typical day, i could walk with a limp because i am afraid to walk normally, and if i forget, the pain shoots, and, oh, agony. this time when the pain came back after about 5 months, i went to the doctor. i have just gotten xrays done and waiting for my doctor's appointment to find out the diagnosis. i don't even know if this is any form of osteoarthritis.