groin pain lifting left leg.can not raise left leg while sitting groin pain.can not sit like a gentleman without lifting left leg with hands to rest left ankle onto right knee.can barely put on left sock, burning in front top of thigh.groin area.can not spread legs getting into car,must sit and bring left leg into cockpit by lifting left leg with hands
It is difficult to assess the cause of pain. Pain in the front portion of hip (groin), thigh and knee can be due superficial nerve compression (lateral femoral cutaneous nerve), that comes from the hip area and gets pinched. This condition is called meralgia paresthetica and is often due to weight gain or wearing tight clothes and belts. Losing some weight or wearing loose clothes and belts often helps relieve the pain/numbness/tingling. Also injection of lignocaine (anesthetic agent) at the site helps. In your case you can apply a pain reliever at the site. Keep a hot water bottle/heating pad while sleeping and apply a local analgesic cream. Other possibilities are vascular pathologies such as deep vein thrombosis and clots and will need a dopplar study. Peripheral neuropathies as in diabetes, hypothyroidism, Lyme's and lupus are the other possibilities. It can also be spinal nerve compression in lower back.
It can also be a joint pathology. Sharp groin and hip pain with limited and painful internal rotation of the thigh (as you would need to lift a leg on to the other) along with tingling can be due to several causes such as: osteoarthritis, tendonitis, muscle pull and strain, femoral neck stress fractures, sports hernia or hidden/occult hernia of oblique aponeurosis, or Obturator or ilioinguinal nerve entrapment. You would need all or any of the following for diagnosis: Clinical examination by an orthopedic specialist, X-rays, blood tests, MRI or ultrasonnography.
You need to consult your general doctor and you may need to consult either an ortho specialist or a neurologist. Take care!
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