Hip/femurs pain, worse at night and sitting down. Radiating can last a few days
(Victoria, Australia )
I first noticed left sided hip pain that radiated down my femur to my knees and heel during my first pregnancy seven yesars ago. It resolved after a few days. The pain often grips me in the groin and keeps me awake at night.
I have gone to a chiropractor with little or no effect. Analgesia works for a while but I don't like living on pills as I see it as a bandaid approach. I have read so many blogs of others experiencing the same pain and I have tried all the home remedies with no luck. It only affects my left hip and thigh and so debilitating. Any advice would be so appreciated. I am 39, female, not over weight and in good health generally. Thanks.
The first thing to establish is whether this is really a femoral nerve radiation, or a hip problem, or even pubic bone pain.
Lie flat on your back, and pull your right knee to your chest, then to the opposite shoulder, and then make a circle using the knee as a lever. Remember what you feel.
Repeat with the naughty hip. Is it significantly stiffer or painful in the groin?
Set your hips in the Faber position. Is the left distinctly stiffer or more painful in the hip or groin?
Using a little oil on your thumb, run it down your inner thigh, and then towards the pubic bone, starting at the iliac crest. Is it much more tender on the left than the right?
If these are positive findings, I would get an x-ray taken of your pelvis, preferably standing. Let me know.