femoral nerve pain

by Shay
(United States)

I believe that I have a few of these diagnoses that have been mention in this article. I recently slipped and fell in Walmart due to a sink being broken and leaking water.

When I slipped I did a complete split and I tried to grab hold of the sink to stop myself from falling. My hands slipped on the water that was on the sink and I fell backwards on to my back while still in a split.

A Walmart employee was there in the bathroom and tried to help me up. Half way up I slipped and fell again in the same way. This was right after I gave birth two weeks prior.

I also was shot in 2011 which the bullet shattered my left knee and femur. I have a metal plate and rods.

I was in excruciating pain. My lower back, hip, thighs, and left leg was hurting. This morning I woke up and as I sat on the toilet (tmi I know) I started having radiating pain in my lower back and inside my thigh areas that's lasting maybe 30 seconds and will return in less than a minute almost like contractions of some sort. It has been doing this about 30 minutes.

Please help me understand this pain and what I need to do. I also had radiating pain in my lower and mid back that felt like I would paralyze myself if I move before I was injured in Walmart due to a car accident in 2007. The difference is that pain varies on how long it would last. Lasting sometimes up to 5 minutes and would go away. Sometimes it would do it again and other times it wouldn't. Please help!!! Any information about what it could be and advice on what I can do to get rid of this pain I'm having would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Hello Shay,
This is complex and I can't give you a simple answer. There are a number of things going on here. Firstly, you only recently gave birth, and with the fall it could have damaged you internally. If you have any sense that may be so, then it's best to let your gynaecologist examine you.

Then the splits can injure your pubic bone, the joint and the muscles attached that run down the inner thigh.

And then, yes, the femoral nerve does supply the front and inner thigh. And you can have several of them together.

What's needed is a careful and thorough examination of your lower back, the sacroiliac joints, the hip joints and the pubic bone area.

Ask friends and your doctor for the name of a conscientious local chiropractor.

Meantime start doing some gentle exercises for your back and hips; not Olympic stuff.

You may need some xrays or a scan of your back.

Good luck, I hope this contributes. Let us know in a few weeks how you are getting on.

Dr B

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