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Upper leg pain, Inner thigh and groin pain.

Upper leg pain

What could be causing my frequent but sharp and intermittent pain in my right groin and inner thigh. Difficult to walk or lift leg when this happens. Seems to involve the thigh muscle.

I have had right knee replacement.

Pain is increasing in frequency. May not be related but if I sleep on my stomach I have a lot of lower back upon awaking. I also have infrequent bouts of right hip pain at night. Any help would be appreciated.

Hello Rose,
Firstly try and break that habit of sleeping on your stomach. It causes a facet syndrome in your lower back, and that's probably the reason for your morning low back pain. Bad for the neck too.

There are numerous possibilities concerning your groin and inner thigh pain, but I need more information:

Pull your other knee to your chest, and then towards the opposite shoulder. Remember what you feel. Repeat with the knee on the sore groin side. What's the difference?

When was the knee op, and did it relieve your knee pain? Hip conditions often radiate to the knee, and may be confused with a knee condition.

I'd get an X=ray of your pelvis. Send me a digital copy if you can.

Let me know about those little tests, and we'll take this further. Your age?

Dr B

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Apr 25, 2016
Upper leg pain, Inner thigh and groin
by: Doris

I've been dealing with this for several years. Sitting for a long period of time makes it difficult to move. I had a MRI about four or so years ago. The doctor only saw arthritis.

Sitting almost always aggravates a back condition, so there's nothing unusual about that. As you can see it's only a careful and thorough examination that is going to determine where your upper leg and inner thigh and groin pain are coming from.

Watch for the knee starting to give. A femoral nerve lesion may cause weakness of the quadriceps muscle.

Sometimes a small "pincer" in a condition called FAIS of the hip can cause pain radiating down the distribution of the femoral nerve. Then pulling your knee to the chest will be stiff and painful.

Dr B

Apr 25, 2016
Upper leg pain, Inner thigh and groin
by: Doris

My doctor said it was sciatica nerve and prescribed medication, but it's not helping. Yes I do have back pain on the right side along with the upper leg pain, inner thigh and groin that makes it very difficult to walk. Should I seek chiropractic help or another.

Hello Doris,
This is unlikely to be sciatica, but rather the femoral nerve which supplies the area you describe.

Just to be sure it's not related to your hip, please lie on your back and pull your knee to the chest and then towards the opposite shoulder. Now make a circle with the knee, and finally put your right heel on the left knee and drop your right knee into the lotus position. Does this give you pain in the groin of side of the hip?

These are all conditions that chiropractors treat on a regular basis, but after so long in pain you are going to have to be patient; Rome wasn't built in a day.

Dr B

Apr 25, 2016
Upper leg pain, Inner thigh and groin
by: Doris

I am 67 years old, but this pain make me feel a lot older. My life style has changed tremendously. I can't do the things I want to do. Please give some direction as to who I need to see.

Hello Doris,
Could you give me more details please. Do you have back pain? When did it start? Was there an injury? What increases the pain, have you had an x-ray, what did the doctor say, previous treatment; all that sort of thing.

Dr B

Feb 04, 2016
by: Anonymous

Hi I am 50 years old and in pretty good shape; I normally exercise and eat right but for the last 2 months I have been having pain in my upper right thigh that goes to my groin area and sometimes to my stomach. It does not happen everyday; maybe once a week.

I run about 6 miles a week and also walk the same. The pain really happens when I sit for a long period of time.

Hello, yes, you certainly must be in good shape; well done, it takes a lot of time and commitment to exercise and eat well.

Any pain, particularly with the radiation to or from the bowels needs a medical opinion in my book.

From a joint perspective, the first step is to consider whether you have hip arthritis developing, or an impingement syndrome.

Lie flat on your back and pull first the knee on the good side to your chest and make a circle; repeat with the naughty leg. Is there a significant difference?

If so, start by getting an xray of your pelvis.

Prod around in your groin; no lumps or bumps? Hernias and lymphomas lurk occasionally.

If we're going to continue this, would you start a new thread of your own please.

Dr B

Sep 17, 2015
Inner upper thigh and groin pain
by: Anonymous

This pain, inner thigh and groin started last night and this evening it's sharp when I walk. Constant when I'm not walking but does sharpen when I sneeze or cough. I had sciatic pain on my left side and seen a neurologist and he says I have spinal stenosis.

Now with this new pain I'm having I'm just thinking "Geeze, now what"? I can't find anything on the intranet and I don't see the neurosurgeon till November. I'm so sick of pain and the length of time it takes to see a doctor. However I was wondering if this new symptom could be from spinal stenosis or could I have even been mis-diagnosed. I just feel so fed up and confused.

This isn't sciatica but it's possibly related to the spinal stenosis, but unlikely as it's from much higher in your lumbar spine.

However, just as likely is a hip, or even inguinal hernia condition. The sudden onset isn't typical of stenosis.

Even if it was, chiropractors are treating spinal stenosis on a daily basis; it's really not uncommon. Just find an experienced, thorough DC in your neck of the woods. Take your xrays with you.

But is it your hip; lying on your back, pull your hip to your chest, then to the opposite shoulder and then rotate it. Does it hurt in your groin? Compare with the other hip.

You'll be astonished what a difference a daily set of gentle lower back exercises, done every day before you get out of bed will make.

Very occasionally a Maignes syndrome can via the superior cluneal nerves give pain in the buttock and groin. It's also something to be considered. Use the search function at Chiropractic Help for these terms.

I hope this contributes.

Dr B

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Oct 24, 2013
pain, thighs, groin, & lower back
by: Anonymous

also have pain in lower back

[Is this you, Linda? Remember, I said that a branch of the Femoral nerve supplies the groin area, the vaginal area and the upper thighs.

Time to see a chiropractor perhaps.

How are you doing with your weight? Without that your whole health is going to fall apart, not just leg pain, I'm afraid. You already know it, so I'm not going to lecture you! It can be done, a patient with knee arthritis yesterday told me has now lost 19kg. About 45 pounds. You can do it too.

Dr B]

Jan 30, 2012
Upper leg, Thigh, groin pain also
by: Linda

Hi, I have the same issues but in both upper and inner thighs. It got so bad one time I had pain in the vaginal area. Felt like I was kicked with steel toe boots. I had to use two canes to get around. It took about 3 days and then I was back to normal.

I did not have knee surgery but I did have gastric bypass and my legs are the largest part of my body. I question if too much excess skin and flab is pulling down on me.

I had x-rays of my spine and hips and they were negative. No arthritist either. I have more pain now in my leg groin area than before the surgery.

Any ideas?

Hello Linda,
There are many conditions that cause groin pain. If it's going to the vaginal area then the upper lumbar spine and the Femoral nerve need to be examined. There's a small branch that supplies the groin and labia. Do you have back pain?

Then there are a variety of hip conditions. Can you send me a digital copy of those X-rays? If you can save them to your desktop, then you can attach them to this page.

Obviously you weight is probably a large part of your problem, but then you know that. Get it off, Linda, or face increasing disability, wheelchairs, pain... easier said than done, I know. Follow our weight loss guidelines at C-H. Start by greatly increasing the vegetable protein in your diet: homemade hummus, tofu, beans, lentils, chickpeas. It's the easiest, healthiest, cheapest way.

Dr B

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