The pain I experience is usually in my left inner thigh but last week it was in both of my inner thighs. The pain is a slicing excruciating pain that is horrible. I have had three children so I know what pain is, but this is horrible pain. It feels like someone is stabbing me.
It doesn't happen very often and I have experienced this pain for the past several years. I am 58 years old, I am 5'8" and weigh 165 lbs. I exercise frequently and am in good health. The only medication I take is celebrex for arthritus, estratest, and synthoid.
I have been to a back doctor, a neurologist and no one seems to be able to find the cause. Every time it happens it scares me to death. There is absolutely no pain or soreness after the pain ceases. It usually doesn't last over 5 minutes. But five minutes of horrible pain is enough!
This site made me cry... first because I feel so bad for everyone and secondly, because I know what you are feeling.
My weird pain started out of the blue about four weeks ago -- kind of a twinge of shooting pain here and there at first and then within 48 hours, I could barely walk, stand, sit -- even trying to lay down and position my right leg was excruciating.
The pain is localized to my right inner thigh "panty line" as some have described it. No matter how hard I would try, I could not lift my right leg up when sitting. Left leg no problem, right leg felt like it was nailed to the floor and every attempt was agonizing.
Four weeks later, I still can't lift up my right leg over my left to put on socks. Even if I use my hands to lift and guide it, it hurts too much. It also hurts when I bend over to touch my foot so I have to put on my socks in short bursts. What should take 30 seconds if that long, can take five minutes.
When this first started, I tried Vicodin -- per the normal dosage, one every four hours, didn't even put a dent in the pain, just made me feel mentally sluggish. Gave up on that, tried Aleve then along with the Aleve, tried taking a Valium at night before bed so I could at least get a good night's sleep because every time I'd move my body -- especially when trying to turn over from one side to the other, the pain would wake me up. That worked so-so. Didn't help with the pain.
I don't think I've cursed this much in my life (during the pain strikes which as many above have described, feels like being stabbed with a knife). My roommates must think I have Tourettes because of these random verbal outbursts which accompany the shooting pain strikes.
The Aleve and Valium don't really help because the pain is def motion related. I can be sitting like I am now and feel just fine then I shift my body or my leg or foot a 1/4 inch and it's like #$^%@$!!! WTF? I try not to sit too long because when I stand, it can take up to five minutes to ease the sharp agonizing pain down past the swearing and gritting my teeth level.
I think I use the F word more in a single day than one might hear watching a whole month of Comedy Central stand-up specials.
I've tried heating pads and also have a TENS unit (electronic stimulus via little electrode pads hooked up to what looks like a pager). This makes the muscles contract which in theory, draws blood to the area and helps reduce inflamation. That didn't help either.
On "better days" I've been able to do more physical activities but I always wind up paying for it later -- usually the next day. Having wasted three weeks of not being able to get stuff done I needed to do, I forced myself through the pain about a week ago - moving boxes around in a garage and carrying a bunch of boxes and stuff up and down steps. The following two days I felt like Janet Leigh in the Psycho shower scene because the sharp stabbing moments were wildly insane (far more frequent and painful). I spent a lot of time horizontal over those two days, which wasn't that much more comfortable than standing, walking or sitting.
Sometimes I can feel the sharp pain shoot up my backside and sometimes down to my knee depending on the motion and position I'm in which as many noted, seems to have something to do with the sciatic nerve but I've had sciatic pain before and it came and went -- this is totally different and the episodes are far more painful.
I'm older, carrying way too much weight, but don't drink, smoke or indulge in any recreational drugs. I didn't fall or have some sort of traumatic physical event like accidentally doing the splits so I can't for the life of me figure out how this happened so suddenly out of the blue. One day I was fine, the next, I'm screaming into my pillow.
I waited to see if this would go away, thinking I must have done something to cause this but the way the pain hits -- especially related to certain motions -- I realized this wasn't going away on it's own anytime soon. It would seem to get better, then get worse, and so on. So I knew I'd have to eventually seek medical attention.
I'm on a fixed income, only have Medicare Part A, can't afford B, finally went to a local hospital this past Wed who didn't want to treat me because of my lack of insurance. Everyone who came into my room -- the doctor and nurses and admin eval person, phys assts, probably even the janitor, kept saying you need to go to "the other hospital" meaning the county one for the uninsured because I wasn't in a critical life and death situation. I also suspect that given this was a Catholic Hospital and on the form where it asks what religion you are, next to RELIGION I wrote "causes problems" and AFFILIATION I wrote "human," they probably considered me some sort of antichrist heathen from hellspawn and unworthy of their divine services.
Finally after begging them to at least LOOK at the area with something other than their eyes like maybe using an Xray, MRI or magic glasses, they did do an Xray which showed nothing other than some degeneration of the hip joint that is normal for my age. Beyond that, they just coudn't help me (despite their newly expanded ER and all their new fancy high tech stuff they've recently acquired via donations including gigantor grants from FED and State agencies). Love seeing my tax dollars at work kicking me to the curb. Yay American Healthcare System!
I considered stabbing myself with a tongue depresser to show them how much pain I was in and how serious this really was but after the X-ray tech had me position my leg in several different pretzel configurations, I was too beaten and depressed to fight back and my leg hurt like hell. They gave me an injection of some sort of ibruprofen that didn't do anything other hurt and leave me with a lovely little momento of my visit to Elitists R Us Hospital in the form of a bruise on my ***. Gee thanks. They'll probably bill Medicare twenty bucks for the bandaid they stuck over the injection site.
Short of cutting off my leg or jumping in front of a truck or ordering the Dr. Kevorkian DIY kit, I don't know what will make this go away especially after reading about everyone's attempts to seek help from medical experts, specialists and various treatments and for almost all, to no avail.
People say, lose weight -- and then I tell them about this website where folks from all walks of life, ages, sizes, shapes, health conditions, genders, etc., are experiencing the same thing -- five years on now - and no medical professionals seem to have a clue of what to do to help all these people.
My next stop will be the county hospital and if I can manage to sit and wait for 8-16 hours to "get into the system", I'll likely be shuffled around from one specialist to another, poked and prodded and probably prescribed more pain meds that will make me drool like an idiot but won't do crap about the pain and the actual cause.
I've been looking at pain meds and short of a morphine drip while in an induced comatose state, nothing seems like it will truly work. Even the moderate narcotic based pain meds turn me into a pseudo mental zombie which in turns, makes me even more dysfunctional than I already am.
Oh, and the worst is getting in and out of my car. It's so bad that I dread going anywhere I have to get in and out more than once so this condition has also seriously limited my ability to function normally. I will go without rather than go to the store.
That's my whine and cheeze for the day. I'm sorry for being so cynical but I'm exhausted, annoyed, frustrated, sleep deprived and pissed off because of the adverse effects this is having on the quality of my life -- I can't do things I need to do that require even moderate physical activity without these strikes of pain bringing me to my knees.
I'm feeling everyone's pain, literally, and I hope that whatever it is that is causing us all to suffer, is properly diagnosed and treated so we can remember once again what it was like have a normal pain free life and function at our best, physically, mentally and emotionally.
OMG.....this inner thigh pain/spasms have been happening to me sporadically for the past two years or so. Thankfully they are few and far between but I just experienced it this evening and it's scary as all hell! Especially since my husband is away for work this wknd and I'm home alone with my 3yr old son who is thankfully asleep. I had to finally come online and do a search.....it tends to happen to me as I am getting up from a laying down position and it hits like a ton of bricks! I breathe like I am in labor because I can't catch my breath because the pain is so severe. It also happened a few weeks back, the pain was so bad I couldn't even walk and I fell to the floor, my husband wanted to take me to the ER but thankfully it passes within 10 minutes or so. Glad to know I'm not alone buti still haven't been to the doctors about it because once it passes I tend to forget about it!
Just as everyone else has said, thank goodness I found this site. I have had excruciating stabbing inner thigh pain that radiates to my shin for 1.5 years. I have had x-rays, MRI, ultrasound therapy, physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, and a nerve conduction study. Dr's have no idea what this is and nothing has helped it. My next appointments are with a neurologist and a rheumatologist. Has anyone with this pain been diagnosed with lupus or multiple sclerosis?
I reciently spent time in a rehability facility and my doctor, an elderly gentleman, told me of a nerve doctor that specialized in the pelvic area that had related a story of a patient that had VERY SIMILAR symptoms that we all share.
Google PUDENDAL NERVE ENTRAPMENT and FEMURAL NERVE ENTRAPMENT. See what you think. My doctor said there are only a handfull of doctors in the country that specialize in neurology of the pelvic region.
If I can ever afford to, this is the fix that I'm going to persue.
I have been in UK for 2 weeks and did not get my work emails - as I
> turned off the account!
> The ileoinguinal nerve usually gets trapped by muscle. This is well
> treated with acupuncture needling of the muscle. I think i get better
> results injecting a mixture of local anesthetic, steroid, bicarb and
> magnesium and following with topical light therapy and magnesium
> topically with Cialis orally if needed. All ver wierd, I know, but
> conventional seldom works
Above is observation made by an anaesthesiologist in Canada. I see him May 31st
My husband had severe pain in the "pocket area" of his left groin/thigh. It started with shooting pains and the inability to lift his left leg when sitting. it got so severe he could not straighten his leg to lie down at night. So he slept in a chair, with the pain waking him all night. All he could do was walk. Eventually he fell three times, landing in ER where they gave him narcotics and did a hip and spinal mri. Okay, after seeing neurosurgeons, hip surgeons, a trauma orthopedist, and others, and after being on lyrica, neurontin, heavy narcotics, etc. he was still in pain and now using a walker. What they finally found at Johns Hopkins? He had an undiagnosed crushed pubis bone from a car accident that never properly healed and now had shifted enough to push on a nerve. The pain clinic did a nerve block of the ilioinguinal and iliofemoral nerve and his pain was gone overnight. They said this could be done 3 times a year if needed, It has been 2 months and he has had no return of the pain. Truly a miracle....I'm so sorry for people who are trying to treat this with narcotics. They don't touch this horrible, burning shooting pain.
I was glad to find this site. For the last 4 days I have had extreme pain in my inner right thigh. It feels like lightening or being severely shocked & the pain is from my knee to my groin area. My inner thigh is constant numb / bruised feeling. The "lightening" occurs when I am lifting my leg to get into bed & and then mostly when I roll over onto my side. It also when I am getting onto the couch to lay & when getting up. It seems when I roll to my side it is the worst. The pain is so severe, that I also curse and grab toward my thigh. After the pain subsides in a minute or so, I was saying to myself "I hope this subsides,,,because I can't imagine dealing with this much longer." It is so bad that I dread getting up off the couch to go to the bathroom & I dred going to bed at night. I do not know if it is worse when I walk, as I am still on crutches from recent knee surgery.
I just had surgery on the right knee : complete ACL repair with a cadaver & miniscus repair on both sides ( I am in week 3 of recovery.) I had missed my first surgery because I had gotten blood clots ( deep vein thrombosis) & clots to the lungs (pulmonary embolism.) After the clots were discovered, I had to do the blood thinner shots to the stomach & also took coumadin pills for 3 months. I then had to be off my blood thinners for about a month before I could get my knee surgery. When I did get blood clots, it was a different pain than what I am now experiencing. The pain I feel now to the inner right thigh is a quick, sudden (especially when turning over to my side) sharp electrical pain which subsides after usually a minute, & a pain level of 10+++.
I noticed people were wondering if shingles was a foctor. I did have shingles about 3 years ago.
I used to see a chiropractor & get accupuncture on a regular basis previous to my knee injury to help keep me aligned as my right rear lower back would get a "pinched feeling." If I did those things regularly, I would not get the Pinch to lower back. But, Since my ACL / miniscus injury I have not been to a chiropractor because I could not lay on my stomach, right side, walk, & BLOOD CLOTS could be caused to move to heart from my pulmonary emoblism.
I have always had a tendency to have calf cramps and foot cramps at night, but this is much different. The pain level is much much much more severe ( and I thought the calf cramps were painful ..) and is always in my right inner thigh.
Also when I injured my knee (torn ACL, both meniscus damaged, 3 torn calf muscles) I had a lot of spasms throughout my leg which is also consistant with nerve damage. The spasms were so frequent for a long period of time that the Dr gave me a muscle relaxer which helped with diminishing some of the spasms. The spasms also were nothing compared to this "lightening electricity" that I am not feeling on my inner right thigh! I still take the muscle relaxers that I have been taking since my knee injury...unknow if pain would be worse if I didn't have them?? although I can't imagine the pain being any worse.
I read all the comments, and I wonder if this is :
related to my knee surgery & the nerve block that was given to my femoral nerve previous to surgery?
or if I have a damaged nerve from the surgery?
Is it because I have not been able to see a chiropractor & I am out of alignment (have some back pain now)?
Is it because of previous shingles?
Or hopefully not blood clots again that is now pressing on a nerve?
I see my blood clot Specialist at the Uof M tomorrow & also an apt with my surgeon who performed my ACL / meniscus surgery weeks ago. It sounds like everyone has gone to doctors with not many answers or cures.
I will try some of the remedies that have seemed to help some of you, thank you for the suggestions...I have yet to read through all 200+ blogs. I can't imagine this going on for a long period of time. My heart goes out to all of you with these tremendous lightening pains.
I am having the same inner thigh pain on the left only. I am using Lipoderm Lidocaine Patch 5% that you apply directly to the area and it lasts for 12 hours. There are OTC pain patches--ask the pharmacist. You can cut these patches to fit in an area that the large patch isn't needed and save it to use another time. Just a thought.
I was going to make an appt with my Rheumatologist, but after reading this forum, I decided to use the patch first. There is also topical Voltaren gel that is a prescription (ask for a sample). Most doctors have samples, I know because I work for one. Some are stingy.....
FYI .. a doctor will not just give you a sample without seeing you because of legal liability. But if you have already seen a doctor and had all the tests and nothing shows up, then they should be willing to give it a try .....just saying.
It is amazing how many people suffer from this. I have had it happen three times in the last 2 years. It has always been in the middle of the night and it is excrusiatingly painful. I have had to deal with numerous kidney stones, including ones that have gotten stuck, and this is just as painful or worse. Luckily, it subsides after 15 minutes or so. I have mentioned it to my doctor and he says it is nothing to be concerned with because it only happens once a year. Dehydration sounds like a plausible cause. I do play a lot of racquetball, followed by long stays in the steam/sauna room.
The things I have done to help with this nerve pain.
-my blood clot specialist did an ultrasound & it came back negative with clots.
-I went to the ER because pain was so bad. They said it seemed like nerve damage. They prescribed me GABAPENTIN which is a med usually used for persons with siezures, but has been known to help with nerve pain. They also gave me prescription for DILAUDID for pain. They told me to see my orthopedic surgeon that had performed my ACL & meniscus surgery.
-I then went to my orthopedic surgeon who said he has seen this occur before, but it is rare. They said they believed it was nerve damage from my femoral nerve block that was given to me before my surgery. They also prescribed FLEXIRIL (muscle relaxer.)
-I then went to the chiropractor who thought there may be something wrong with my right hip. They have been doing ultrasound on my hip area.
-******the pain has been diminished & is not as severe because of the GABAPENTIN & FLEXIRIL & the ultrasound treatments from the chiropractor. I have also been resting alot and not sitting upright as that seems to agitate it. I stopped taking the DILAUDID since I could still feel my pain right through it (so whats the point of taking it.)****** I HOPE THIS INFO CAN HELP
-I just had a MRI on the hip and pelvis area, and have not gotten my results back yet.
I can't imagine using a patch or any cream to rub into the area. When the pain hits I can't move. It is so severe I think I will die. I can't even straighten my leg. Then after about 10 mins it just disappears with no soreness whatsoever, I have a ceramic replacement hip under anaesthetic and a knee scrape after an epudiral. I never had the pains before those ops. Good luck everyone
I have been having attacks of cramps like this for a few years now. I had one this morning and I am still feeling residual pain, and worry, that it is going to happen again. Both legs have this, and I actually do scream as sharply as the pain. Someone, please find a cure.
Pickle juice really does help this wretched pain subside, a few swallows and it takes two or three minutes. I have had this periodically over the past several years and omg, worst pain I have ever had. I have no known nerve damage but periodic muscle spasms in my back which require flexibility...
Your imput made me both laugh and cry. Only we souls who suffer can understand. This has happened to me over the past 4 or 5 years. Sitting on a low sofa, turning over in bed etc etc. It is so easily triggered. Like you I am sure it is nerve centred and pain killers do not work. It happens to me when my legs are in a bent position and there is no way I can straighten them until the pain subsides, usually after about 5 mins and then it is as though it has never happened until the next episode.
About 6 months ago I bought a sort of tens machine to improve circulation in my feet and legs and since doing this for 30 mins a day my spasms have certainly reduced.
Hi, I am 19 years old and I have read through many of these and found that my father has just tonight had the exact same pain described in this forum. He is 48 y.o., overweight, type 2 diabetes, and his right ankle is fused from reconstructive surgery to keep it in place. I was in the kitchen when I heard him screaming at the top of his voice like I have never heard before. I ran into his room to see him trying to stand screaming, "My leg!" He then plopped onto the bed still screaming literally crying and leaning back. I immediately started to massage the afflicted area like I normally do when he complains of a calf spasm. It seemed to dissipate for a moment and then he tried to sit up sending him into another fit of pain. I then quickly got up and grabbed a tube of Bengay used for arthritis and applied it thoroughly. It seemed to do the trick for that particular incident, but after reading through all of these posts I fear it may just be the beginning and I really can't stand to see my father, who has worked most of his life and the past 7 years from a wheelchair due to several amputations on his feet caused by his diabetes, in anymore of this horrifying pain which he himself said was the absolute worst pain he's ever felt. Please, give me whatever help you can as I try to follow up on what I've learned from this forum. You can e-mail whatever advice you think can help to ***@****. Thank you.
Just read all the posts here. Generally it seems to be nerve damage of some kind but no one has resolved the true cause.
Childbirth came a close second so men should be grateful they don't produce the babies.
OMG...it is horrible and I am so thrilled to find others that know what I am going thru.I have a quick relief for my pain. This sounds silly but this is how I discovered help for myself. I have horses and what I am experiencing with this pain is ,what I believeto be similar to what horses experience at times...so I tried the quick fix that we use for the horses and it worked. Some horses experience what is called Ty-up or what is called a hype attack ...it is a locking up of the muscles.( often brought on by excessive work and swetting.The emergency home remedy for that is the use of baking soda and water administered to the animal orally. When the pain hits me and it is suddan as you well know , I run to the kitchen and put a 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 4 oz of water and down it. It tastes salty but within a few minutes I get relief. The pain is so debilitating I am speechless, I just clutch my thigh and mix the soda with the other hand....I am like a crazy person getting some kind of a desperate fix but that is what it does is fix my anguish. As I say this is the home remedy that we give the horses but apparently works for people too...it worked for me.I agree with the idea that it is all related to dehydration...which you can be even if you drink alot of water...it is about electrolytes . Pedialite may be the better bet to try as well...smart to keep some on hand plus some plain old baking soda. Good luck and I feel your pain when it comes to this , I am so glad their is some support of others who know what we are going thru...best wishes,DEB from Illinois
Hi Debs and well done you. However, when the pain strikes me I can't move never mind get to the kitchen to mix up some remedy. The pain is like a knife which has stabbed through my leg and is holding it in a bent position. There is no way I can move it. After about 5 mins the pain goes completely!!
I too have experienced sharp stabbing pains in my thighs and groin area. It happens ususally at night and so unexpectently. Sometimes it happens twice in the same night! It is so painful, I have to scream out in pain. It only lasts five to ten minutes but it is making sleep difficult. I also experienced pains in my thighs afterwards -- tender to touch. Sleep is impossible since my legs ached when I lied down.
After several trips to my doctor with little help, I finally went into emergency(after a bad night). The doctor on duty recommended to have some blood work to see if I am lacking any defiencies.
It came back that my vitamin B12 level was very low. This can be very serious since without knowing it, it could lead to heart disease, some forms of cancer, degenration of nerves especially around the spinal column and Alzemer's disease. Secondly, the liver builds up neceessary B12 for the cells. Very important for DNA development and the generation of red blood cells. (I also a bit anemic). The liver stores b12 for five to seven years. So I been having b12 defiency for at least thatength of time. This can lead to permanent damage to one's heart and nervous system.
The pain in my thights felt more like nerve pain than muscular pain (cramps).
Suggestion: Ask your doctor to get your B12 levels check. Very important. The blood test is easy and the solution is just as easy. Once a week I have been receiving injections of B12 straight into my bloodstream.
After one week I started to feel bettere and no longer feeling pains in my legs and thighs. It too early to tell yet if the stabbing pain comes back but I am glad I have this check out. Thngs could only get worse developing other health problems.
I've recently had this happen and it looks like it is Obturator Nerve Injury and Entrapment - or nerves around that area. It's happened a few times when I've been sitting during a meeting and I stand up and almost fall over - I think it's a matter of losing weight (for me! i've gained some pounds after rupturing my achilles last fall and going through rehab/recovery after surgery - before I was a NCAA D1 Tennis player and marathoner...can't wait to get back to it!) and getting the nerve out of it's entrapped space - which might be easier said than done. I've had a pinched nerve in my shoulder before and the feeling was similar but the whole standing on the affected leg brings a different set of complications. For the shoulder nerve I had a combination of cortisone injections and rehab - though I'm hesitant to get any cortisone injections in my hips for fear of the breakdown of my joint. Will keep you guys updated but do a little research on the Obturator Nerve Injury and Entrapment - I think you'll see a lot of similarities! Thanks and good luck!
I have had this pain before, but today it has been coming and going for about the past 5 hours. The pain is so intense, comes on suddenly. I was unloading paver bricks, sweating profusely and kept pushing myself to do the work. I had been feeling pressure type of feeling in my lower abdomine. much like the pressure you have from carrying a baby or having period pains and pressure. Yet this is not the case.
Today I am certain that I need to find a solution. I often think..."Oh, this is it a blood clot is going to take me out today!"
Iced it, layed down, drank lots of water...still the pain comes on like a sniper! I take neurotin for RLS so I have taken one of them..will see if it helps. I too have shingles. This is not the same pain. Trust me.
I do not have baking soda so I cant try it now. I will try the pickle juice and see what b vitamins I have on hand. Thanks to all who have shared your pain!
I also suffer from the same identical symptoms and also medications. I went to the doctor yesterday and he said he had never heardof anything like this ( which is probably bs). I noticed my pain elevated after starting cholesorol meds. I askedhim about this and he suggested that I refrain from taking the cholesorol for about 3 weeks and seeif I had any relief. IF it is the culprit, he would change the type of cholestorol . That is what I am going to do to start. It is a shame that all of us sufferers have to "self diagnose" things. I know Doctors only make an educated guess too but they get paid the big bucks for our own diagnosis. Do you ever get migraines and/or heart palpitations with yours?? Good luck, I feel and share in your pain and suffering !!!!!!!!!!!
hi I'm so happy to find people like me first of I'm 21 yrs. old ride motocross and street bikes not i been in this pain for over 6 months thinking is join to go away by itself i been to docs got m.r.i x rays also the ER where they lay you in bed and give you ibuprofen and mail you the bill.. I have sharp pains level from 1 to 10 is deft a 10 shouting pain i scream and curse and walk with a pretty bad limp can't sit because it hurts can't lay cause sharp pains run down my leg takes usually 20 mins to get up from bed almost like a car gotta warm up my leg walk around and with a limp i can work in pain but lately i can't walk at all so I'm beginning to panic not knowing whats join on with me and docs are no help i was telling my doc about Mononeuropathy (Neuropathy) with causes paralysis witch is really what i feel like i am and i couldn't belief that i had to kinda give ideas because he says he never seen something like this but he sees the sl 63 amg that cost 160,000 that he drives everyday just upsets me so much so he gives me musculatory pain medication with hasn't done crap for me sleeve was kinda working for a time then i went to bays back and pain but i was taking about 5 at one shot and at that point i was doing more harm to my self than anything else dim where to go from here so if anyone has any suggestions or thoughts i will be more than happy to listen and take advise I'm to young not overweight no cholesterol or suffer from any kind of knowing disease so please help and my heart goes out to all of you who suffer daily like me
I will be 72 in November and started having leg cramps in all places, about 6 years ago, but the worst was the inner thighs, usually both legs at once; awful, excruciating pain and it was daily for awhile, trying to happen because I leaned over or stretched; or just because. Now, I only begin to have one now and then, but I run scared all the time since it can hit at any time.
I don't remember when I started buying these capsules called "Leg Cramps". I keep them in my purse and by my bed and take one if I feel a twinge, or have eaten a fast food dish and then lie down, because almost always that seems to be when it can happen. Since it can happen at any time, doing anything, I am very sensitive to my legs, so if I am out shopping or in the car and feel anything at all, I will take one of these capsules and let it dissolve in my mouth. I also drink water throughout the day and keep it in the car as well.
The Leg Cramps, have quinnine in them as does tonic water, but I would be afraid you might not get enough by drinking a little here and there so the pills are better and you can take more than one at a time. I feel like taking one and also drinking water, kind of wards off or blocks an impending cramp. I also take a liquid calcium with magnesium etc., and I think it is good to take this before bed as well.
Also, if I feel like a cramp might be impending, I shower my legs in the spot that feels weird with as hot a water as possible for at least 5 minutes and this is usually at night or if I am going to lie down day or night, if I feel like it could happen. I think it does block it and maybe the hot water relaxes the muscles, whereas a heating pad won't do that. I also hobble to the shower if a cramp starts and shower my legs in the area of the cramp. Maybe showering the legs and feet and inner thighs for 5 minutes before bed may help; its worth a try.
Also, my idea of an impending cramp, might be a tightening on top of the foot or toes, a feeling in the lower leg, anything, that suggests something could be trying to start. I take a Leg Cramp capsule, get up and walk a minute. I would rather get a head start, just in case... Hope this is helpful to someone.
My husband had similar pain....stabbing pain in thigh front, so bad he couldn't walk until it subsided. His doctor tested his blood and found he was very low in vitamin D, and prescribed a high dose. He has had no pain since taking vitamin D.
My pain was diagnosed as trapped Ilioinguinal nerve through an EMG test and recommended LYRICA. Did not take it. Fortunately I found a specialist in Kingston , Ontario and he injected a concoction in my groin and recommended Magnesium supplements. I have been pain free for 3 months since the injection. I suffered intense pain for over a year and my GP had no clue. Thanks to Dr Henry, my life is back to normal.
I have just started experiencing this pain in my upper, inner right thigh...near groin area. It's acute, prickly pain that comes and goes and just began 3 months ago only on the right side. I do have lower back pain issues and am wondering if there is any connection. Also interesting, it seems to increase in frequency when I'm ovulating. I haven't been to the doctor about it because I feel somewhat insane even reporting this. It's almost like someone is pricking needles into me and it aches as well. Good to know I'm not the only one!
It sounds like you have a nerve being compressed in your lower back, probably between the L-3 and L-4 vertabrate, i have the same pains along with a few others in my legs, I am due to have surgery soon to correct my problems. You should probably go see a orthapedic dr or a nuerosurgen.
Hopefully you still read this board, its been a couple months since you posted. I actually just started getting this sharp, stabbing pain on my upper inner thigh, and I do have Lupus. At first, I thought maybe I pulled a groin muscle, but with Lupus, you can never be too sure. It could be a blood clot, or many other scary things I've read about tonight online! I am going to try to use heat to relieve the pain, and hope it goes away within the next couple days. I walk like a zombie, and it *****! If it does not get better, I am going to go see my rhematologist and see what she thinks.
I haven't posted here in over a year but saw your comment in my email. I am a 46 year old white man, a little overweight, but generally in good health. I went and had ultrasound performed about two weeks after my last pains back then. They found nothing and I have had no pain since. My pain came and went every couple months for about a year and a half. I still hope that it was just a pinched nerve and expect it will return eventually (but hopefully not).
Hello to everyone,
I am a 52 year old male,I will try to describe what I am going through not shure what to think what is going on with my left inner thigh area? I can walk some distance without pain but then if I make a certain turn with my left leg making any movement inwards or outwards with my left leg just even a little I get a very sharp jabing painful radiating pain through the inner thigh that can also radiat within the area even sometimes deep to the inner joint of my thigh & moving to very top front of my leg,
what is also strang that this problem also has started up around the time when my left foot had swollen up not shure why that has happened either even my right foot had swelled up but not as bad as the left side,
I am lost why all this is happening? someone thinks I may be diabetic though was checked for that back in 2010 when I had similar problems foot swelling as well knee problem & the inner thigh,though in time things had gotten better for about a year now it seems to be a somewhat relapse of what I been through back in 2010,the only difference is that in 2010 I couldn't sit down for too long my inner thigh would cramp up soo bad I would be in severe pain & it was horrible to say the least!!! I am glad that that part is not happening though dealing with this pain is like walking on egg shells not knowing when @ any moment making a certain suden move the wrong way will make me want to scream!! anyone can offer any help it shurley would be appreciated!! in the mean time I am just watching every step & trusting in God to cure this problem! may God bless & heal each of you with your problems of any pains you maybe going through!
you know what, I know the pain your talking about. I started getting this pain after I had knee surgery, almost 5 years ago, and since it has gradually gotten worst. It happnes at night during sleep. I usually spring outta bed, and try and walk it off,but it's so painful, that i ache, and cry,and have to get to the frig, and grab anything cold, and place it right in that area. Just recently it has plague me in bot legs. If there is anything more horriffic is having both of my inner thighs spasing out. I don't really know whats causing it, can't say it for sure it's a knee thing, but honestly that is when it started. Today something new is going on. I am awake walking normally, and the pain is present in my thigh, not hurting, but it appears to be aching some, like i'm ready to get a cramp. I have been massaging it the last few minutes. Really unsure why it's bothing menow, during wake hours. I'm very active, I'm 51 years old, feeling 30's. I don't know what this is, but seeing this post,makes me wondering what could be happening .
Hi. I have osteoarthritis both knees and eventually need the knee replacements. Then I have recently acquired ankle arthritis (both ankles) and that is more of an issue than the knees. On top of that my right foot has been a pugey foot because of edema and now have 'leaky veins's and must wear compression socks. For heavens sake, I am not 90, but in my 50's!! But you have to do what you have to do, right? But now, sharp stabbing pain has been happening at the part wear underwear is, and groin area. This makes it impossible to get in the car, pick up the leg for stairs. What on earth is this now? I believe you have arthritis and are walking bone on bone and so feel the fragile bone that feels shattered when making a wrong move. It may just need a clean out, an arthroscope. The other thing is with me anyway, I have been diagnosed low Vitamin D. I will take this, but who knows. VW
I've had the same thing and many many tests. My doctors thought I was nuts. I was tested for diabetes and was positive once I started monitoring my blood sugar and watched my carbs (3 or less per meal) the pain went away. As soon as I ate sugar or more than 3 carbs per meal the unbareable pains came right back! 1 carb is 15 grams, so no more than 45 grams per meal. I now eat lots of salads. But no more problem. It was sugar running wild in my system. The pain started on one side of my legs and then went to the other side. Couldn't move even an inch without out unbareable pain.
I had my first attack last night on my right inner thigh. Interesting you mentioned lower back pain as I strained my lower back a couple of days ago. May be some connection (nerves etc.). Hope it is my last.
I just recently started having this pain. Center part of my left inner thigh.
At first I thought OhNo! I have shingles, because that is the shooting pain it feels like, but no signs of shingles on the outside. I have been on a vitamin/green shakes regimen for my arthritis which seems to help with that as long as I keep up with it other wise I take over the counter artrhits pain formula. I feel for anyone with pain issues since I have been dealing with them since 2004 after a fender bender. Good luck to everyone.
I had 'liquid fire' for the first time last night and I will never forget it!!! I was getting up from a low lounge when I felt this heat shoot through both my thighs at the same time. Then the most severe pain I have ever felt. I couldn't walk and had to stand with my legs bent - the pain was in both legs. I thought i was going to pass out but was in too much pain to lie down. So I leaned over a table and wondered if I should call an ambulance. I live alone, so was very frightened. I was sweating profusely. After about 10 minutes it started to subside. I looked in the mirror, my hair was damp and there was no colour in my normally bright face. I was white like a corpse.
It's Sunday morning and was heading off to try and find a doctor/ultrasound, so reading this has been a blessing. It seems I'm not going to die, but as to getting another attack of this.....it terrifies me!!!!
For the past month I have had constant burning pain on the inner side of my right knee. The best way to describe it is like a razor blade slashing into the deepest part of the skin. After seeing my Dr. she had xrays taken and said that there is some arthritis on the knee. I repeatedly told her it is NOT the knee but the leg area...I certainly know that this is not the way arthritis feels. She sent me to see an orthopedic Dr. who gave me a injection of cortizone. This was 4 days ago and the shot did absolutely no good other than make the knee sore and turn it black and blue. I took the shot at the time because I was hoping that it might relieve some of the pain but almost knowing 100% it wouldn't. He said to call and he could schedule an MRI to see what is going on if needed. Does anyone have any comments/or ideas that might be of help........I am thinking it is nerve related...the pain is certainly intense and is almost constant. Also my Dr. gave me some pain meds (Meloxicam) which does not lessen the pain at all.
I read several posts. I will try to be concise. I see a Pain Management Clinic. I know that a lot of people do like the idea of narcotic pain killers, but I tell you when my back pain shifted to the inner thigh area it has been hell. Someone described feeling it immediately after getting up from a prone or lying position--wow, I thought someone else described my experience to a tee. I won't bother telling you the names of types of pain medicine unless someone wants to know, but all I know is 15 minutes after taking my medicine...it is like manna from Heaven. I can clean up, stand in the shower, get on the computer, perform normal routine activities. I am blessed that I am a disabled veteran who also receives Social Security Disability. I am retired Army so between the two insurances, Tricare and Medicare I have no co pays. I also discovered I had breast cancer so underwent a double mastectomy and reconstruction. But, I digress I only mentioned that to say that even undergoing chemo and saline injections for reconstruction is less painful than the thigh pain. I know this makes me dependent on the medicine but the relief is so glorious, if you have ever experienced it--imagine it going away for a good 4 to 6 hrs and feeling whole again. I only ask that if you have a deep aversion against medicine or a doctor hesitant to treat your pain, look for pain management specialist--they are anesthesiologists trained and licensed to dispense these medicines differently. They have other options as mentioned here, rubs, TENs units, etc but I know that I can not express how grateful I feel when I can move about. Good luck to all.
Please consider an arterial occlusion.. in light of your severe pain, burning and profuse sweating, with changes in your blood pressure-
Emergency room doctors usually check for a DVT- known as a venous thrombosis or blood clot, but they don't usually assess for an arterial clot which can also cause those symptoms you have described. Not to scare you..
Please consider an arterial occlusion.. in light of your severe pain, burning and profuse sweating, with changes in your blood pressure-
Emergency room doctors usually check for a DVT- known as a venous thrombosis or blood clot, but they don't usually assess for an arterial clot which can also cause those symptoms you have described. Not to scare you..
I have been suffering from periodic severe thigh pain for a number of years with no diagnosis. The pain is on the inner thigh just above the knee (VMO area??) and at times, like now, is in a state of constant stabbing pain. The pain is mostly manageable with a large number of tramadol (50 mg - 10+ per day). The pain will then flare up to severe when all I can do is hold my leg, wait for it to pass and try not to cry out, especially when at work. There is no difference to the pain whether I am resting or using my leg (walking, swimming etc.) PLEASE can someone tell me what could be causing it and what I can do to stop it. I am no stranger to pain as have injured myself a number of times over the years but the stabbing pain in my thigh, when at its worst, is the worst I have ever felt.
I developed this type of pain attacks this past year. I have chronic pelvic pain,pain from my belly button to pubic area. Sex is painful, excercising forget it. Had to give up running, advid runner in my teen years and early adult hood. Had 8 surgeries to figure out what was causing the pain including BOTOX in my private area to stop my nerves from having spaz attacks. The botox only caused more issues and has to be done with a local sedation which means I have to pay a fee ($500) because its considered a "surgery". These have to be done every 3 months.
I have had every blood test, xray, mri, ct, ultrasound done and then some, nothing has come back abnormal. Ive had 8 surgeries before 22 y/o. I see a pelvic pain specialist 2 hour drive from my town. He brushes the numbness pain that hurts so bad I cry for hours on end off like nothing. I have a tens-unit doesnt help, it actually brings on the spazums even more. I see a PT 2 times a week. I take muscle relaxers and a once a day motrin on top of a nerve blocker. None of these rx's have helped one bit.
I am not over weight and have been tested for the rhumatic facor do not have this either. I have had to quit my job (pastry chef) because of the pain. Its been 8 months since I last worked. I can not sit for long drives, motorcycle rides for longer than 1hr, or riding horses.
I have tried every pain rx imaginable they do not touch the pain even a bit. Doesnt help that im allergic to codine so everytime i end up in the er on one of my bad days they go straight to the morphine :(
I now have issues sleeping because of the pain that radiates from my inner grion area to my knee (right leg). Left side completely normal. I have asked my primary dr to refer me to a neurologist & she tells me she doesnt think its necessary. Next new dr option is "Chronic Pain Management". pretty much a bull sh** dr who teaches you how to meditate & breathing exercises. Frustrated!!!!!!!! Email me if anyone has pelvic pain issues followed by this pain inner thigh to knee (groin to knee)
i also experienced everything you are going through.....at times i did not want to live....then i came across joint mobilation of the hip....thank God i have a wonderful husband who will perform this procedure on me every night and i am also doing hip exercises...in the last 3 months my pain level has gone from a 10 plus to a 6-7. i found the hip mobilization on the web site www.cyberpt.com
Re: July 098, 2012.
I reported similar symptoms. I also have been taken monthly B12 injections since then and continue to do so today. I am happily to report I hadn't had any recurrence of this extreme pain. Recommendation: get your B12 check. It can lead to very serious health problems if it is low.
I have had the same horribly painful inner thigh cramps that everyone on this list mentions, to the point that I am sometimes afraid to lie down to sleep at night for fear I will get a cramp. When I tried to get up this morning, I got a cramp in BOTH inner thighs at once and thought I might die and briefly wished to, rather than go through the stress and the pain again.
LorneB, you have mentioned vitamin B12 several times on this thread. For the last four years, I have taken B12 every day, a sublingual dose of 2000mcg. It has not helped me at all. I think--and believe me, I am sorry to say this--that one, it will not work for everyone and two, it may be coincidental that it seems to work for you. BUT: I am happy for you that you have had no recurrence of these cramps.
I am also a sufferer of this kind of pain. Last night, i had the feeling that something intense was rising on my very upper thigh, between my pelvis bone and my thigh. It was so intensifying with an excruciating amount of pain, and the heat could not stop even after several days. What i did, is that i grabbed two ice cubes covered with a rug, and started moving it across my leg almost for half an hour until the ice had melted completely. This solved it for a while, but not temporarily though. Later, the pain rose higher to an extent that I couldn't walk straight or bend my leg. I think it is a nerve cell that has popped off as there is no inflammation or mark bruises. It's deep enough in which this agonizing pain is why it is hard to be relieved from. Hope u all get better !!!! (-;
i was told by a friend that he ***** down 2 or 3 little mustard packs like from fast food places when he gets these cramps. he flys a lot and never goes anywhere without a pocket full of the mustard packs. maybe this wll work for you.
I too am having the exact thing, the pain comes so fast in my inner upper thigh that i scream and fall to the floor. It happens when i am vacuuming the house most of the time or when i am walking, i have to stretch my leg out and make my hip pop or i can walk or lift my leg. Has is gotten better for you? what are you doing to make things less painful?
About three weeks ago a started to feel a striking sharp pain in inner thigh. Sometimes I just stand up or move and it leaves me. But simetme it levae smy thigh sore and hurting. then it leaves as a fast as it came, I see that when I move it is gone. But it's a sharp striking pain. What could it be and recomend. Thanks alot.
I just had a nerve test done and they found nothing. I have CONSTANT pain from groin to knees, not the few minutes everyone else is talking about. I can not lift my leg to get in my car without an agonizing scream. I did have injections in my SI joints this past year ( lower back) and it still hurts so I am leaning towards a pinched nerve. I will have to call Pain management that I was going to and ask who I see for this because I tried everything else. I also have fibromylagia and am on gabapentin and lots of other stuff and nothing is helping any of my pain. I doubt it is blood clots or any of the other stuff everyone else is talking about. It makes sense it is the lower back.
I experienced very sharp pain spasms in my inner thigh over a period months Then I discovered after a period away from home without a particular pair of work shoes, that the pains had not occurred, whereas they were happening regularly. I replaced the inner sole in those shoes and have not had the pain since.
Had upper thight pain ever since i was 17 an 24 now it fells like both my uper inner thighs are burning an cramping had doctors check it out but they cant find anything beside give vicoden but dont help trying to figgure out what it is but i raced dirtbikes ever since i was 13 so could be pinched nerve so idk
After reading through many comments on this horrible pain and discussing it with my lovely wife, she suggested drinking Gatorade before going to bed,... I slept pain free!!! Thinking back, between hot yard work, being up in the hot attic and night sweats when I sleep, I had lost a lot of electrolytes. I would like to thank the individual who posted the baking soda/water remedy.
May God Bless You.
I've had the same issues everyone else is experiencing. I've gone to my regular doctor, a neurologist and a pain management specialist, they seem to "think" it's due to having a herniated disc along time ago that has healed. I've had MRI's as well and they couldn't find anything wrong. I also have lower back pain and sacral disorder and get injections on a monthly basis, however the pain in the inner leg going towards my groin area is excruciating and sometimes I can fall if not careful. I wish someone would look into this issue more thoroughly.
Did you ever get any diagnosis for this? Sounds just like my thigh pain, on inner frront. I almost screamed when I got up last night. Sitting or standing did not help. Very deep inside the tissue.
Have had this problem 3 times in last 6 months. Started at time of knee problem (osteoarthritis and eventurally found out a torn miniscus).
Hope you've found some relief.
My orthopedic specialist said that my upper thigh pain is probably due to the upper thigh muscles being out of balance and the front muscles (forget the names) needed to be stretched ( I had told him that I did stretching exercises for the rear leg muscles and tendons but not the front). So he recommended that I pull each foot upward behind me and toward the opposite side (i.e., right hand pulling up left foot in the back) and hold, just hard enough to feel a stretch (not enough to create pain). I do this on both sides, even though only one side is giving me fits, holding the stretch for 30 seconds to a minute at least two times, morning and evening. Try it, as long as it doesn't cause pain.
This may be the best recap of the problem I've ever read. Spot on, as they say! I had a double lamenectomy and diskectomy 3 years ago and also have to deal with stenosis. No way out due to age. I work with physical and occupational therapists and they diagnosed it right away as having to do with the L2 and L3 lumbar areas. My spine surgeon confirmed it. I have no intentions to have more surgery. It would be like a 90 year-old opting for a prostatectomy. Why bother?
The spine surgeon suggested taking a magnesium supplement, which I've seen elsewhere here. He also said, grim as it sounds, that walking can actually help so get thee to a treadmill, to which I replied, get thee to hell! If a person hasn't experienced how badly this hurts, he/she just doesn't get it. I will admit that, with stenosis, staying active helps. Any sort of stretching of the spinal column is a good thing, in spite of what seems counterintuitive. Dr. Feelgood also said a nerve blocking cortisone injection (also mentioned in this thread) should give me relief for about 6 months and he had a physician he would recommend if I decided to go that route. There are days when I almost wish I had a prosthetic leg because, not only is the inner thigh pain there, but outer thigh hurts right down to the knee and sometimes the toes on the right leg get numb. Gimme a break!
Bending down to feed my cats in the morning (yeah, I know, blame it on the cats) is excruciating. And clipping my toenails? I'd rather have a root canal with no happy gas. When it's time for that chore, I bite down on a towel to keep from F-bombing the neighborhood.
Bottom line to all of this is that we aren't alone. The pain may be caused by different things with different people and sometimes it just gets better for a few months or even a year and then - whammo! - it's back with a vengeance. Pain management seems to be the solution but I avoid narcotics because, though I'm old enough to have been a waiter at the Last Supper, I still have a full time job running a healthcare IT company, so I'll just deal with it, scream occasionally and may get one of those shots one of these days.
Aleve works fairly well but I worry about long term effects. Advil is almost worthless and Extra Strength Tylenol isn't much better and you need to take 6/day to get any relief. Someone mentioned Voltarin gel. I have a large tube of that (Lord, it's expensive) thatbwas prescribed for an aching thumb joint and wrist, but I don't think this is purely a muscle thing. I might try it sometime, though, as I'vengot nothing to lose. Oh yeah, and did I mention that some wicked arthritis in the right hip doesn't help matters?
Meralgia paraesthetica is what is happening. I am a police officer on Reidsville NC. I was fighting with a subject who I was going to place under arrest. I put my leg out to trip him but my leg stayed planted. His body fell against my leg and instantly I felt pain. I could not stand and I had to go get checked out. In all my ACL was torn and I needed orthoscopic surgery. About 2 weeks prior to surgery my left side of my leg started feeling numb. The numbness was constant but my leg felt sore to the touch. At nights I would mive my leg and instantly felt like thousands of bees stinging my outer leg down to my knee. It was like a spider webb of fire was placed inside my leg for several seconds. After surgery I felt the same pain. I was sent to a nerve doctor who pricked my skin with needles that had electricity testing all the nerves in my leg. He told me he couldn't test my femoral cutaneous nerve. He said I was over weight and it tends to be normal. I then went to see Dr.Scott Bertrand in Greensboro NC a anesthesiologist. The doctor said he would start giving me a nerve block to the femoral cutaneous nerve. The nerve blocks have helped extremely cutting out that horrific pain. I have got these nerve blocks one a month but it has helped. The doctor said the last option would be surgery to my leg to remove this damaged nerve. But all you all describe is to the exact pain and description I have felt. I hope this will help you all out.
Am with the rest of you had my first experience tonight, and am terrified it can happen again. Am in late 60's and have had occasional cramps but never anything like this. Last two days have been working a show, in cold conditions and been on my feet most of the time between 8 and ten hours. Drank little while on duty. Finally left for home tonight, had to drive 2 1/2hrs in car. Got home husband came out to help me unload luggage, went to get out of car and immediately started to scream pain was so excruciating in upper inner thigh close to groin. Pain was so extreme could not even stand up had to stay in crouched position like I was still driving as if I tried to straighten up it got even worse if that is possible. Took about five minutes to stop had to crawl into house crouched over. Pain finally stopped went to bed as it was past eleven, woke up hour later with same excruciating pain, again could not straighten up cried and screamed, woke my husband and told him to call 911 as I was sure I was having blood clot. Thankfully while he was trying to wake up grabbed my ipad and looked for symptoms for severe inner thigh pain and found this group. Glad to know I'm not dying just yet, but after pain for while there thought I was. Thank you all for posting and all your suggestions. I hope trying some of your suggestions with magnesium etc. I can get on right track. The fear of this happening again is terrifying.
glad i found this i have been getting the exact same type of pain but sometimes on both sides of the inner thigh sometimes on one side but it's like its travelling round my body as it could get it on my knee shin arms chest ect my doctor has no answer for me as it's travelling she keeps referring to muscle pain which i've had before and this isn't muscle pain can last from seconds to minutes when it stops i'm grand i am on my feet for most of the day but it's worse when i sit. as i've developed tachycardia dr has sent off all my bloods for testing the only thing that came back iffy was my folic acid was to low to be measured so on folic supplement. prob is she cant send me to a specialist as she doesn't know which one to send me too. the thoughts of knowing i'm gonna have to deal with the pain is awful so any answers would be really helpful hard to describe how excruciating the pain is unless someone has felt it
Hello all I am so glad I have found this topic as I have been having the same problem for a almost a week, I have shooting pains in my upper inner thigh which last for a few seconds which are frightening, after the pain has gone I have no other symptoms, there is no after effects at all, what I don't understand is how the pain starts when I sitting down, does anyone else have the same as me? I have been told it could be trapped nerves but how can it be if your don't have any other symptoms?
I've had a similar recurrent excruciating pain in my groin, inner thigh, hip and at times radiating down to my knee. One moment I'm walking along absolutely fine and the next I'm doubled over with an intense knife like pain. Sometimes I can walk it off, sometimes I can't. I've been to many Dr's, had x-rays taken etc but it went undiagnosed, which tells me it's not a structural issue but a soft tissue or muscular/tendon issue.
After much research I discovered the ILLIOPSOAS ( ill-e-o-so-as) muscle...located deep in the lower abdomen and hip, essentially connecting our legs to our torso. This very deep muscle can become inflamed or the illiopsoas tendon that connects the hip flexors become inflamed causing that crazy sharp pain.
The good news is, you are not a hypochondriac and you do have a problem that a good sports Dr, physical therapist or Sports centered chiropractor can treat with massage, stretching, exercise and heat. Here is a link for you to read more and/ or you can search the web to learn more about problems with the Illiopsoas muscle and how to treat it! I hope this helps!
Thank you so much for commenting you don't know how much relief it has given me that I found someone who has explained this problem, I have suffered with tendonitis in my wrist many years ago and when I read the link you sent me It now makes sense as it is that type of pain. It has made me all on edge as I am waiting for the pain to strike all the time. I have no problems when I have been in work and going about my normal day , it always seem to attack when I am relaxed and not moving which is very odd. Once again thank you so much and I glad that I am not making it up as my friends look at me odd as there is no aches after the attack. A BIG THANKYOU x
Please see a nuerosurgeon. You need an MRI, but it is your back that is causing the pain....to test this theory. When you are sitting....assuming you can sit, lean forward to find relief...if the pain subsides it's your back...probably a ruptured disc. You don't need to have back pain to have your nerves in your back causing excruciating pain in you thigh, groin, calf, feet. It can come and go..in your case it sounds like it never goes. I am so sorry for what you are going through, but my husband's nuerosurgeon described to a tee what my husband will go through...and told him NO meds will help, but encouraged him to try to see if it will go away since he was reluctant to have back surgery. In the end, doc said surgery is going to be necessary, but he can wait til he cant take the pain anymore....The surgery requires 1 night stay in the hospital then you can go home and start recovery (which can go for 3-6 mos). Please...dont waste time with massage, chiropractors, orthopaedics, vitamin B....these might help others that do not have what you have, but they wont help you....Please find a GOOD nuerosurgeon. I asked my friends who are nurses...they know the best doctors. Good luck. Saying a prayer for limpalot.
Thank you Abossyrn. First time I've been back here since that night, so just seen your response. I mentioned ot the doctor, I think she thought I was exaggerating. Nothing came of it. I've googled your response and it makes sense. Will be making an appt with doctor to discuss, because i don't want to have to experience that again and if you're right welll.......
Thanks so much!
Had an episode last night, inner left thigh. Worst one ever. Small pangs today, but dealing easily with that compared to last night. Have had these before, sometimes on the edge of my face (cheekbone, back toward ear) and have had in thighs before but last nights was the worst. I sleep very well but not last night. It woke me up it hurt so much. Today, now it is sensitive and sore, no redness or bruising either. Good to know I am not alone but frustrating to see there seems to be no real answer or diagnosis. I applied a rice sock (homemade heat pad) and it was soothing but if I removed it, it would hit me like a lightening bolt. This, to me, feels nothing like a muscle cramp. As like most everyone else, I was concerned about clots but I feel comfortable saying that it does not seem to be the case. Some of you have written exactly my experience, to a tee. Crazy, which is how I was feeling until now.
I have had this kind of deep thigh pain about once or twice a year for about 6 years. As everyone agrees, it is scary and the most painful thing ever, and in my case, as with a few other posts I've seen here, strange that the incidents are so few and far between. I haven't found anything online that sounds exactly like the symptoms I have, nor a doctor that can diagnose it. (My particular symptoms do not match those of DPT or arterial clots.) I am not a doctor and don't claim to have any medical knowledge on which to base my theories, only knowledge of my own body and how it responds to certain treatments, and when you have this kind of pain and the doctors are clueless, you are ready to try just about anything. The theory about this type of inner thigh pain that makes the most sense to me is that it is an impinged nerve. I have tried to follow suggestions from people who have posted to online forums, but since the incidents are not very frequent, it's hard to tell if what I am doing is actually "working." I had some lab work done about a year ago and the doctor said I was low on Vitamin D, which some people wrote about on this forum as being a possible cause, so after I completed the doctor-prescribed regimen of Vitamin D, I have since continued to take a 1,000 IU Vitamin D tablet twice a day - every morning and every evening. I've also seen B-Complex mentioned in several posts, and although I had this in my vitamin regimen previously (included in a multi-vitamin), I've added an extra high-potency B-Complex tablet once a day. Another thing mentioned in this forum as a possible cause is hydration - that muscles need to be well hydrated, or they can tighten up and pinch the nerves, so I have upped my water intake and try to get at least two quarts a day. Also, exercise is frequently mentioned, so besides trying to walk at least 10,000 steps a day and do plenty of stretching exercises. I sit at a desk for 8 hours a day, so getting enough exercise is imperative for many reasons. I don't know if the vitamins, water, and exercise are true influential factors, but it has now been 14 months since I last had an incident with the severe inner thigh pain - the longest time without an "attack" since they first started 6 years ago.
I too have had these attacks and have looked to the internet for advice. I really think the main cause for me was low salt in my diet. My husband had a heart attack and the Doctor wanted him on a low salt diet and since I am the cook in the family, I too have lowered my salt intake along with him for over a year now. A few months after starting on this diet is when I started having these horrible upper thigh cramps. I take vitamin B12 and vitamin D, and a multi vitamin on a regular basis, so I ruled out vitamin deficiency.I also do not have back issues and am fairly active. My husband was a runner in high school and had these attacks that sounded similar and his coach had him on salt pills. As soon as I upped my salt intake again I haven't had one single episode, and it's been a few months.
Did you ever find anything to stop this inner thigh pain. Like you I went to doctor and they said low b12 and I take injections once a week but I still get those pains. Never know when it will happen but terrifies me. Cause it the pain is so intense and never know when it will happen. It happens to me most the time in middle of the night. Sometimes after sitting on couch and I go to stand. I have read a lots of post but no one has posted a cure. Have you ever found anything to stop it from happening
Did you ever find anything to stop this inner thigh pain. Like you I went to doctor and they said low b12 and I take injections once a week but I still get those pains. Never know when it will happen but terrifies me. Cause it the pain is so intense and never know when it will happen. It happens to me most the time in middle of the night. Sometimes after sitting on couch and I go to stand. I have read a lots of post but no one has posted a cure. Have you ever found anything to stop it from happening
The pain I experience is usually in my right inner thigh.It started around 6 months back. The pain is a slicing excruciating pain that is horrible but it used to be for 5-6 seconds and after subsiding no aftereffects remains.Of late the duration and frequency has increased.It now occurs almost every 2nd day.I am 55 and have been a diabetic type-II for the last 15 years.My both parents were also diabetic type -II . It feels like someone is stabbing from within.
I am 5'8" and weigh 155 lbs. I exercise frequently(walking 5-6 km daily) and am in good health. The medication I take is Amiryl-2,voglivose,zita-100,pioz-7.5 and Gluconorm 1gm.In short lot of metmorfin.
Does heavy intake of metmorfin result in vitamin defficiency? Can this pain be attributed to vitamin deficiency? Shall be grateful for guidance.
WELL!!!! I have read hundreds of testimonies and no sure remedies. I am going to a Cardiologist right now for venous reflux. I have also been told it may be to lactic acid build up in the muscle. My episodes seem to follow an intense sweating session. Either gardening, exercise or just over heating. And always at night while I am sleeping. It is frighting that no one.....even the medical field seems to know what causes this horrific pain. I do have migraines and this pain does not even compare to that pain at all.
Wow sounds like what I just experienced. Never before had this. Lately I've been getting Charlie horses in my calves when I wake up. Long weekend of extra walking about and eating crap. Spent most of the day relaxing watching tv and was sitting like I always do leaning against the arm of the chair with my legs curled up beside me then I put my left knee up with my foot on the chair and I got this excruciating sharp pain in my mid left inner thigh just above the half way mark towards the grain area. Thought it was a Charlie horse in a strange spot. Tried to stand but it hurt too much so I sat back down and massaged the area. Kept trying to stand and walk it off thinking getting the circulation going would help but it hurt way too much. Like others it lasted about five minutes and gone. No residual pain. I got up and walked around and sat and shook my leg. Feels fine now but my god that hurt. Scars me. Never heard of such a thing. Have been having hip pain a lot I'm overweight and like to sleep on my side but those pressure points on my hips hurt too much. End up sleeping on my back. Also get leg numbness if I have to stand still for long periods.
If we sit a lot and don't do squatting, leg raise up to the chest while standing, legs stretching, swimming, back exercise,etc.... then we would experience some type of muscle atrophy in these areas. I am speaking from experience because the type of my work, I sit in the car, at the desk, in court setting, and I sit about twelve to sixteen hours a day. Obviously the life that I lead was very sedentary. So for as long as we are not in pain, we take lots of things for granted. Until we experience the pain, then we take things to mask the pain temporarily or until the pain pills do not work anymore.
Like it or not, pain is wonderful because it tells us of where the issue is, and we need to deal with it when we could still feel it before the numbness sets in then would be hard to locate the pain, or if it has affected other areas to cause more complication to diagnose it. The best thing to do is to massage the area to bring more circulation and less swelling to the area. Then go swimming to loosen tightness, strengthen the back muscles, and just stretch your body when you are in a weightless condition. Also, we need to eat well so we don't gain extra weight that would put more strain in our hips and joints. We need to find things to be more active, and to keep moving, exercising, or stretching every muscles in our body the best we know how. The goal here is to condition our body as we age and before arthritis sets in. Drink lots of water and eat lots of various kind of vegetables, beans, fruits, in lieu of drinking sweet water, or eating bread, soda. fattening foods, chips, etc.... We really have to learn to eat, to walk properly, to sit properly because when we are in pain, we have already altered lots of our physical activities to accompany the pain. For example, when we limp at times, we actually change the way we walk, and if we gain weight for not being active enough, then we might not know how to tuck in the abdominal muscles when we walk, etc.... When I have to learn how to walk properly, I find myself trying all kinds of walk, model walk, chi walk, or just walking to cure limping and it is not easy. In short, I forgot how to walk normally when I have been limping for so long. I find myself boogey board surfing in the ocean again after so many years just to be active, and to refresh my energy. I try to go to the gym everyday to swim, to look at how I walk, to exercise using both feet to feel of what it is like to do normal movements. It would take time to condition these muscles, to change the way how they morph into an abnormal state, and to feel as normal as possible.
I have had the same sort of pain in my legs too, but only one lag at a time. Wow if it was both at the same time that would BAD BAD. The pain it the most sever I have ever felt. My occurs when I am laying in bed on my side and then raise my leg. It wakes me up fast; However, if I catch it soon enough by straighten my leg I may prevent it from starting. Mine also comes in waved, sever then subsides, the repents. This may go on for 10 to 30 minutes. The next day the area will be a little sore. Mine may occur once in a few months, but that it to often. I have not talked to my doctor about it, because I did not know what to tell him. I just decided to do a search today and found that there are other with the same horrible sever pain.
Just started about 1 month ago with sudden onset of pain on inside middle of right thigh area. Feels like I'm being tazered, it's hot painful, and lasts about 10 seconds. It's debilitating when happening. When it's over, nothing, goes away as fast as it comes on. The only new medication I've been given is an injection of Prolia for osteoporosis, 3 months ago. I have to admit, I am a coffee drinker (3 good size cups a day) which is a dehydrator and probably not enough water. Also, sitting too much. But, am very scared and so glad to read that I'm not a lone sufferer. I am about to call my doctor and I'm sure I'll be put through tests. If anything shows up, I will report back. I will ask for B12 vitamin Def. test too. I pray it isn't serious, as the pain indicates that I feel like I'm dying!!
I am experience same symptoms. Doc put me on muscle relaxers, which helped for a long time. Now that I'm on Medicare, I received a letter from them saying they will no longer cover the Rx because of the high risk of the med. I certainly don't want to take it if it is high risk, so I went off of it. I am now in excruciating pain. What type of Rx did they give you?
I HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH THIS A WHOLE YEAR, INSURANCE PAID OVER 49,000 LAST YEAR STILL DON'T KNOW WHATS WRONG HAVE TO TAKE A SLEEPING PILL AND HYDROCODONE TO GET TO SLEEP HAVE YOU FOUND OUT ANYTHING?? I HAVE TEARS IN MY EYES CONSTANTLY
I have been having upper left groin pain for about 5 months now. I can't walk very far without excruciating pain. Went to see an orthopedic surgeon when it first started. He took exrays and said I had moderate arthritis, then sent me on my way. Well it has continually gotten worse. I can't stand for more than 5 minutes without having to sit down. Getting in my car is almost unbearable, I actually grab hold of the fabric of my pants to get my left leg in. Then I sit and weep from the pain. It hurts to lie flat on my back, the pain starts in the upper groin area and radiates down my entire leg. Went to see the doc again, took more extrays then an MRI. Couldn't find anything wrong. He told me, "good luck".
I will try electrolytes & vitamin b12 shots. I sure hope something helps, because I can't live like this.
Im so sorry for your suffering as well....the weirdest thing is went I went to google these same exact symptoms, I stumbled, by chance on reading your part 1 and 2 here, and my god....it seemed so strange, that by reading your story, it was like I wrote it! I remain scared and do not know what to do next, or how to get a correct diagnosis...can you please help me with that? I would love to connect with you and compare notes if that would be ok with you, please contact me asap here at my private email> Diana Andriola ***@**** I will get back to you as soon as I look forward in your kindest reply.....Diana
I just had an "attack" as I call them. I cry and rub my thigh until pain subsides after 10-15 minutes. My husband feels helpless but there isn't anything he can do. Been dealing with this for years now. So far cannot find any doctor who can figure it out. Just started going to chiropractor. Maybe getting spine in alignment might help? So tired with the pain. Also currently have bronchitis bad so this is just icing on the cake today!! Oh well, I keep trying to remember there are people dealing with much worse. I will say it does help knowing others have same issue and it's not just me going crazy. Hope everyone feels better soon
I have been experiencing the same symptoms for several months. Excruciating pain in groin, inner thigh radiating to my knee and butt. Getting in and out of car is horrible. I had an MRI and it showed a tear in my labrum. Been to orthopedist. Doing physical therapy. So far it's not helping. Alternative is surgery. The pain is the worst when I lie down. If you look up the symptoms for labrum tear it describes the symptoms that most of you are having. All I know is that I'm miserable. I've had kidney stones and this is much worse.
How did I miss this discussion? I should have found this years ago, instead of telling my story to "deaf ears". Now I know I am NOT ALONE!! I am female, 62 yrs, but I have had these "inner thigh charlie-horse "episodes" for a long time. Especially since a very rough motor-boat ride in 2010. My back already had some mild degenerative issues, so that boat experience had consequences. Later that afternoon, my inner LEFT thigh went into a major spasm...like a charlie horse that tightened up the tendon (?) to the point of excruciating pain. Those "episodes" would come on about once a month ( for no apparent reason) for the next 2 years or so. I do not get those debilitating spasms anymore--the symptoms changed. Now, its a sudden sharp stabbing "devil pain" that makes me cry out because of the "surprise". People are startled, until I tell them "Its ok." Typically the pain lasts only a few seconds, occasionally longer. Sometimes, the "devil pain" decides to throw me a curve and attacks in the RIGHT inner thigh. Getting in and out of the car, or down from my kitchen stools is very difficult due to the twisting motions. Sometimes, like today, the shooting pains down my leg (from bursitis) make me stumble. I have complained to doctors for years about all of these weird symptoms and finally i was sent to a pain center for "bursitis". We are making progress. Whooppee! They have not understood about the inner thigh pain,yet....But at least I know I am not the only one in the world that gets these inner thigh attacks! Dang, they are nasty---- and inexplicable to most folks! My DOCTOR is going to get yelled at for ignoring this for so long. I swear, if you are not bleeding or registering 180/90 on the BP monitor, these medicine men do NOT investigate "phantom pains". It has to be happening RIGHT in front of their eyes, and of course, it NEVER happens when there is medical personnel at hand. Looks like I have 3 different issues, though. Bursitis, the "devil pain" and the disc degeneration. Wow. But I am determined to get a handle on these things. I already had 2 major surgeries--heart and lung--and I will not let this beat me. I am pretty active, and am looking forward to summer ! So I am going to try "shots" and PT. I see myself changing the way I walk and move-- I am "compensating" for the condition which will, in time, cause more problems. I don't yet know how to deal with the devil pain....I will be reading this discussion with great care tomight.
FEMURAL NERVE ENTRAPMENT may be relevant to me? I never had an inner thigh attacks until a couple yrs after a car wreck and rebuilt knee. My right thigh muscles never came back to pre wreck condition. I read other things about FEMURAL NERVE ENTRAPMENT that related to me. Thanks for sharing this.
Ask to get an mri to see your l5 and s1
I have had this pain since i was a kid. Found out it was a birth defect. My l5 abd s1 nerves are conjoined.
8% people have this aperently. Worth a trt. Maybe its something similar?
I had the thigh attack like most have described,Out of the blue,stabbing pain localized in upper inner thigh, completely debilitating then done. I have attributed the cause of my attacks to apple cider vinegar. For ten days prior to my first attack I had been drinking 1-2 tbsp of acv diluted in water , just to try it to see if I felt any positive effects. Then came the attacks, about six over two days. I went over anything that I had done in my life that could have brought these on and only came up with the acv that was new in the period before the pain. I stopped taking it and haven't had an attack since.
Strangely, acv is said to be good for leg cramps and is high in potassium. When my last attack was hinting of hitting I ate two bananas with water and never had the full on stabbing.
I wish you all the best
Please tell me the name of the pain medication. I have been having thigh pain, especially in groin area for some time. It is getting a little better, but then suddenly, for no reason, I have the symptoms many people have listed-----can't sleep; have to pick my leg up to get in car, etc. Yes, it only lasts a few minutes, but those few minutes are hell----and now, it continues to ache for hours. I don't know how this is done, but I can send you my e-mail address or anything to find out the name of the medicine. I am Medicare & Tricare, too.
Oh my gosh! Im not crazy! Finally, others like me! Vindication! I am a 31yr old male, 6ft 170lb, healthy, active, not eating terribly. I have been suffering from the "hot knife" for 7 yrs now! Its always in my left inner mid thigh, feels like a hot knife plunged into a terrible bruise. It starts off just feeling like a bruise, like dead leg. It suddenly turns into torture. If i touch right in the middle of the pain, it hurts like crazy! It used to be more sparatic & brief (5minutes), but it happens more frequently now & for longer (1hr). One time i had to leave work early cause i couldnt breathe from the pain. It never made sense. Im a careful off & on runner w/low blood pressure. I even had my left leg sonogrammed cause blood clots run in my family. They said cardiovascularly there is nothing unusual in my leg. Nerve damage is starting to make the most sense. My brother (to whom im very similar physically) had disc issues a while back. Somethings gotta be rubbing up on a major nerve! Somebody do a case study on this thread! Im losing sleep tonight because of this! The night before my yard sale, so i can move my family to Oregon! Please help!
I was woken up in the middle of the night with this excruciating pain in my left upper thigh/crotch area last night. It was so severe I could not even move until it subsided after about 5 minutes. When I tried to sit up it made it worse. I've had 3 children without pain mess and this was way worse! Then is suddenly disappeared and was totally gone. I was suddenly freezing and couldn't stop shaking for about 20 minutes, but I think I was In Shock after being waken up so suddenly. I had a blood clot in my lower leg earlier this fall, so I was terrified and barely slept after that. I was happy to find this blog and see that so many people have similar! I'm 42, eat well, run and walk regularly, enjoy drinking wine, but am very healthy. I just can't help thinking that pain that severe has to be something serious!
This awful pain started about two months ago....It is a sharp pain that takes my breath. However, it never happens at night only during the day. The pain is mostly in the upper inside left thigh and sometimes in the right upper and lower thigh and calf. I have never had any surgeries (except for two 9 lb babies yikes). I am healthy. I exercise. This has me going in circles. I am 64 years old. Mine seems so different because it doesn't do this when I bend down or stand up from a sitting position. It just happens. My knees are beginning to hurt at certain times also...this isn't like cramps or restless leg syndrome.
I am at a loss. I hate going to a doctor for a referral...then a orthopedic doctor, then a neurologist, then a arthritis doc...then a pain management doctor.
Any thoughts on this since it seems to be a little different from the others. I sleep fine. thanks in advance
I am having sharp inner thigh pain only during the day...very weird. I have had no injuries or surgeries. I have a doctor's appointment next Tuesday. Will let you all know what is going on. Maybe this will help someone else and me.
I was a major diet coke drinker, and know that I wasn't as hydrated as I should be. I quit diet coke and now drink about 90 oz. of water every day. I have the pain less often, but still get it sometimes. So, I do think being hydrated has a connection to the pain. I get it in the middle of the night too. Sometimes I'm afraid to go to sleep, for fear I will have it. I thought the description of being tazered was a good one. However, my pain can last as long as 10 minutes. I just want to pass out. I'm anxious to hear what the doctor says.
Sounds very similar to mine. Did you ever see a doctor. Mine will last for 10-20 minutes, as well. Just when you think it will start to subside, and you get a breath, it come back on. It gets scary to even go to bed. Any answers?
I first experience this today, I had three separate attacks that lasted seconds, the pain nearly floored me, iv been sick with plursey last year, this is very fast and out of no where. I googled it and can't believe that no one medical seems to have an answer. I feel it is something to do with nerves. I have slight curve on bottom of my spine, which might have something to do with it. My iron is 10.3 few weeks ago I got burning sensation in my right foot, like a pin been prickly in that area, then I got it in exact same area of my left foot, tiny as pin hole. Both pin areas spread, my feet very sore, I didn't go to Dr about that, I had been so many times,the plursey, throat infection, my body broke out in rash, everywhere bar my hands, feet, face. Then got virus in my joints, still have that, and part of lung from plursey still agony.iv great chiropractor I go to that helped me after the plursey, I was in agnony by lowering my body, first I think I should go back to her, as lot posts iv read says DR's don't have answers to this flash pain.
I have been having leg cramps alot lately, I just woke up knowing one was coming it spread up the inside of one leg and then down the other to cramp my foot. Standing always stops the pain, not this time. It was the area that you feel when doing a wide leg stretch on the floor. Scared me so bad I hobbled to the computer to try and find out what it is.
You condition sounds like me speaking! Seriously! Love your sense of humor btw;
Did you ever find out exactly what was wrong? I'm seeing a Neurologist the first week of May. For once, I'm glad to be going to a doctor. As in comparison to you, I too, dread the whole car experience.
Oh my goodness! This is me. Did they ever find out what was wrong? I've been in pain for 4 weeks. A steroid shot an naproxen 500 help, but like you I wake up in so much pain because the naproxen doesn't last all night. I'm scheduled for an MRI on Monday. The doctor seems to think it is lower back nerve pain.
Have experienced excruciating pain as described by others. Doc's were zero help... Just went to a place that offers natural alternatives & believe it or not, FINALLY - this is the 1st relief i've had. Tried massage,chiropractor, laser therapy, PT, you name it, & spent a lot. For ne turned out to be a ratio of calcium/magnesium & kelp my body needs to tame the sudden, unexpected gripping, stop-you-in-your-tracks pain. Know this is years later but if it helps 1 person, hallelujah! I saw a person that offers kiniseology (sp?) & she was able to help me where no one else has been able to.
i have the same exact symptom. i was told it was the main tendons getting stuck when you go to take a step or bend your knee. i get an excruciating pain that makes me fall on the floor. it happens atleast twice a month.they recommend this exercise where you lay on your back. you take your fingers and push on the knob where your hip is next to the crease of the leg and put alot of pressure on it and pull your leg in toward you and it will release the tendon. it does work but at first the tendon would get stuck again. anyway i hope this helps. good luck'