My thigh pain started more than year ago. It has been misdiagnosed several times. I was told by surgeons that having a laminectomy of L4 disk would clear space for the sciatic nerve. I had laser surgery at LSI in Tampa FLl but ended up in hospital following day unable to walk.
They took a scan, gave me morphine and found surgery unremarkable. Was treated afterwards in physical therapy for problems with the piriformis muscle which could be inhibiting the nerve.
The thigh pain became more intense as time went on: have had two injections of steroids in two different areas of muscle that triggered the pain when applied pressure but after a couple of days each time the pain was back.
I do not like taking pain pills but they are the only relief I have.
I sit on either heat pad or ice. Place lidocaine patches, and nothing resolves this thigh pain.
My muscles move on their own and create the pain.
I am at total loss as to what to do. I am a physically active woman having been dancer, skater, etc. but for past year have not been able to do my aerobic exercises and muscle tone is diminishing.
I went to Stanford for help: had neurography of lumbar showing edema but nothing else. The doctor said it was out of his realm of expertise.
And sent me back to Massachusetts with disk in hand.
Went to pain management where I have undergone two steroid
injections but the thigh nerve pain is relentless.
Any suggestions??? Desperately seeking to resolve.
Let us go in a completely different direction first. Lying on your back pull first the normal knee to your chest and then towards the opposite shoulder. Then repeat with the naughty leg. Is there a significant difference in terms of stiffness and pain?
Now drop your knee into the lotus position. On comparing sides is there a noteworthy difference. You see, hip conditions classically cause thigh pain.
Now run your thumb with a little oil, starting at the ASIS (google it), through the groin and down the inner thigh. Is it particularly sensitive? Tell me where? Again, compare sides.
Lastly, take a needle and prick the side of your thigh, comparing sides. If there is a difference, use our site search to find meralgia paresthetica.
Where exactly do you get the thigh pain? Is it at the back, side, front or the inner side?
You make no mention of lower back pain; then I would ask other questions.
For example, sitting in a kitchen chair, if you straighten the naughty leg parallel to the ground is it much tighter than the other, and do you get back pain?
Give me precise answers please if you want a helpful answer.
Dr Barrie Lewis DC