My Left Hip, Or Actually All Around The Left Side And Front Of My Very Upper Thigh Ache, Which Goes Down The Front Of My Leg And Into My Knee And Sometimes Down The Shin.

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My Left Hip, Or Actually All Around The Left Side And Front Of My Very Upper Thigh Ache, Which Goes Down The Front Of My Leg And Into My Knee And Sometimes Down The Shin.

It only aches when I am sitting or laying down. It hurts so much that I cannot sleep. What could be the cause? It was like this 6 months ago, then went away. Now it is back worse than ever. I don't know what else to tell you. I have hypothyroidism, and I have a cutaneous T-cell lymphoma called FM (fibroid mycosis) I am 10 pounds overweight. I am female, 67 years old. Also my wrists ache quite a bit. Especially my left wrist. I do have a spinal problem in that several of my vertebrae have fused together. This is the lower Lombard and at the base of my neck. I was being treated by a chiropractor for a while for this. Of coarse there is no cure, but I was able to achieve a tolerable pain level to live with. The pain is different from that back/neck pain. That was a very strong and sharp pain. My leg pain is aching. Not sharp. And it sort of comes in waves. I can only stop it by moving.

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Spinal problems such as yours can put pressure on nerve roots as they exit the spinal column causing peripheral nerve impingement symptoms. Generally, you further stress the nerve by sitting which tugs on the nerves from the lower back. Standing and lying usually improve symptoms, because the nerve is not overstretched. I will assume you have had a complete work up since you give such a good history. Your pain could be from shortening of muscle fibers surrounding the diseased areas of your spine. Myofascial trigger points can mimic many things. You have several risk factors for this, and your symptoms suggest you could have trigger points not only at the primary site, but also in compensating muscles, which over time, can also shorten, become weak, and cause pain in what is called a referral pattern (suggested by your other complaints). This is called myofascial pain syndrome. If you can find a chiropractor or myofascial specialist, you may be able to find the underlying cause. There are things you can do at home to aid in your recovery.

Answered by Celeste Cooper, RN