Severe pain in the back of both thighs
by Carolyn `
(Ponchatoula LA USA)
My husband suddenly had a bad sharp aching pain in the back of his left thigh. It was so bad that I ended up taking him to the emergency room one night at which time they did nothing but give him a shot for the pain. The next night I took him to a different ER with a pain now in both of his legs. It was determined not to be related to his heart, he has a good pulse in his legs and was checked for blood clots and there were none found. He can get some relief by sitting in his recliner and raising his feet but when he stands the pain in his legs gets unbearable. Any ideas?
Yes, classic sciatica. Don't know why they were looking at his heart...
Do a simple test. Have him sit in a kitchen chair, and YOU raise first the leg in which the pain started later. Have him remember what he feels in the leg, back, and opposite leg.
Now repeat with the naughty first leg that hurt. What happens?
If he bends SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY forwards and then backwards and then to the side what happens?
Do coughing, sneezing and bearing down on the toilet hurt? Does flexing his head onto the chest hurt? Where?
Can he stand on his toes on one leg at a time? In other words can he raise his heel normally?
If he has no back pain then it is nasty. Well, it's nasty anyway, but in the absence of back pain it means that the chances of a prolapsed disc are faily high. Does he have a history of lower back pain?
Plug Slump test into the "Search this Site" at C-H. Gently, try this test. Gently.
An X-ray of the lower back and pelvis are indicated and probably a scan. There are other possibilities... is he in good health? Prostate okay?
I hope this contributes. You need to get to see someone who specialises in the lower back, not a cardiologist!