Sharp pain radiating down my front right thigh and pelvic area.

by Elizabeth
(Decatur, MS)

I have sharp pain that comes and goes, only on my right side. Sometimes it is in my pelvic area and sometimes it is just down my right thigh (front) but most of the time it is a combination of both areas. The pain level is as high as a 10. I would cut my leg off if I could.

The pain usually last 10 to 30 minutes and happens throughout the day and night. The pain is so severe, it wakes me from a dead sleep at night. Standing, sitting, or laying down doesn’t help with the pain. I have to wait for the pain to release.

I have had my appendix removed. A partial hysterectomy. I have been to multiple female doctors, chiropractor, orthopedic, Urologist, and pain clinic. Pain medicine or over the counter medicine doesn’t help. So far, there is nothing that has helped with the pain.

I have used heat and cold packs. I have tried a massager and a tens unit. I have rubbed lotions such as bio freeze. The pain generally is felt for approximately 10 to 15 days per month. This has been going on for 3 plus years.

If you have any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it. If I can answer any questions, please email me at the email address below. I look forward to your thoughts and suggestions.

Thank you,

Good morning Elizabeth,
There are at least three common causes of this problem, and many others too alas. Clearly what is lacking is a diagnosis, despite many consultations.

1. Lie on your back and full first the good knee to your chest, make a circle of the hip, and then drop the knee into lotus position. Repeat with the naughty leg. Is there a significant difference?

2. This is more difficult; you need an assistant.

Lying on your tum with the knee bent, ask your helper to place one hand under the knee, the other on the buttock and lift the knee into extension. Focus on the tightness of the muscle at the front of the thigh. Is there a difference right and left. Quite a difficult test, to be honest. It is called a femoral nerve stretch, and better done by your chiropractor.

3. Sitting, place a little oil on your thumb and run you thumb from the ASIS (google to find it) quite firmly down through the groin and continuing down the inner thigh towards the knee. Lighten up in the midgroin where you cross the femoral nerve and artery. Repeat on the naughty side.

Let me know if this brings up anything significant, and we will continue this journey.

Have you had x-rays of your pelvis and lumbar spine? Any back pain?

Dr B.R. Lewis DC

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