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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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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