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Fire lodged in thigh

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
I have been to 6 doctors now, and no one can figure out what's wrong with me. I'm getting a little frustrated, and am wondering if anyone can suggest what it might be, or if they have gone through this too.
It started out as an itch underneath my skin, and now feels like a ball of burning magma lodged in my thigh. It doesn't originate from my back, nor shoot down my leg like sciatica would do. It is worse when I walk or stand for too long on it. Pain relievers do not help, and muscle relaxers don't do anything. I've tried excercises, chiropractic... naturopathy. I'm at my wit's end here.
I was told my back is fine from the xrays as well, so I don't think it is a herniated disk. All doctors are wanting to do is to give me more pain killers (ie Tylenol, Aspirin, Vicadin, etc.) which do nothing but make me sick to my stomach.
Can anyone help??

Thank you for your time.
Josie J.


  • Hi Joise,

    Welcome not sure if you have tried this or had it done. Have you had a emg of your legs. Have you ever had any type of hip surgery? The reason i ask is the nerves for you thing orginate in your lumbar but pas through your hips. Sounds to me like that is nerve issues. Have you tried going to a plastic surgeon who deals in nerves of the limbs. When all else structural is good that is another place to look. That sure sounds like nerve pain. I'm getting ready to undertake a surgery to release the nerve in the hip but the pain is in the thigh and causing the muscle to atrophy. Now mine is related to trauma to the hip and they know where it is. Although there is not pain in my hip at all the pain in my thigh and part of buttocks but not the sciactic path. have been this way for several years and thought i was loosing my mind. Just recently it has finally been figured out. Another thought is have you had a doplar study on your legs to check the blood flow? Those are my only suggestions. Good luck and let me know how it turns out for you. If i can do anything don't hesitate to pm me.
  • Tamtam,
    I've never had any hip surgery. It's funny though because it's the outer thigh, only on the right side. I haven't had any extensive testing on my legs, because the doctors I've seen are keen to push the pain meds on me. One actually x-rayed my back just to see if it might have been sciatica, but found no disc herniation, so again, put me on pain meds.
    Thank you for your suggestions. I'll see if I can't at least talk to my doctor about doing something.
    Josie J.
  • I think you need an MRI. X-rays don't show soft tissue; discs are soft tissue and it is possible you have a bulge or a herniation. Anyway, its one of the first diagnostic procedures which should be done. I know they're reluctant, the cost is high, but if this pain is getting in the way of your life, you need to know what's causing it.
  • I know what you are going through I have the fire/cold sensattions in my thighs, groin, front of hips it moves around alot. Mine is triggered mostly from sitting. I had an MRI that shows L5/S1 disc bulging toward the back. The doc says this is probably what is causing my pain because it is pushing on nerves, he couldnt say for sure. Therepy helped, and icing and heating the low back helps. I have had this problem over the past 4 yrs it comes and goes in intensity, I am in one of the intense phases now. There is many times I have no low back pain while I am having these sensations. The worst part is trying to explain to people what you are going through without them thinking you are crazy because this crap really effects your quality of life.It really makes you fear there is something major wrong with your insides, coming to this forum and finding people with similar issues has really helped in easing my mind.
  • Josie,

    I know the pain very well it doesn't follow the sciatic path at all. I did have the mri on my lumbar and there is a buldging disc but it is not touching anything. That is why I was followed with the other test. If you look up the nerves in the hip you can follow the pain paths. You maybe amazed when you see that pain. Because I have another nerve trapped I visited a surgeon who specializes in nerves of the limbs. I was sitting waiting to see him and there was a chart on the wall and I thought is this a joke that is exactly the pain. Originally it was just the outer part of the thigh now it is it there as well as a little higher in the leg. He tested the nerve just by pressing on it and it sent shock waves down my leg to the knee. You are right about pain meds they really don't get at nerve pain. The only thing that I have found to help is ice, heat tends to make it worse. You can try limiting you hip motion and see if it helps reduce the pain. For example i was using a exercise bike and the pain would get so severe about two hours later and i never put it together. Because it is nerve pain have difficulty figuring out when it is going to hit really bad. You may try using some journaling to see if anything you are doing could be setting off. Good luck.
  • If I were you, I wouldn't go back to the doc who x-rayed your back and then told you there is no indication of sciatic pain. He should know that you cannot see soft tissue with X-ray.

    Any time you have those feelings of temperature change, pins and needles, pricks, etc. it is usually a nerve issue. If this is bothering you a lot, you might want to find a fellowship-trained spinal specialist and go for a consultation. This will be either an orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon who has taken additional training in issues of the spine and back. Just because they have "surgeon" in their specialty name does not mean that they will recommend surgery. Almost all of them today will start with conservative treatments before ever even thinking about surgery.

  • my wife had extreme pain in her right hip for almost three months back and forth to docs noone could figure it out she finally got an mrio cause she wasnt working do to the pain they did an mri on low middle back and here hip. She went in to doc he put biofreeze on her hip and told her she had severe arthritis in her hip and put her on steroids. This is just a posability for you.Im not a doc nor is she if i was you i would ask doc if it could be arthritis hope ya feel better.
  • I agree you nede to see another Dr to give you a leg dopplers (ultrasound) and an MRI of your leg if the exam shows by a positive straight leg rise there's no back problem as well as if you don't have any back pain. Keep looking for the right Dr even a walk in center may help. Good luck. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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