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So much pain and clueless

I'm not sure if I'm posting in the right forum. I'm sorry if I don't.

II'm a 35-year-old woman and 've had pain in my muscle(s) for a few of years. It's not easy to locate the pain, because it seems to "travel". It is in my right thigh, also in my hip. Basically anywhere between my knee and hip. The first time this occurred my mum found me crying on the floor because the pain was unbearable. She took me to emergency and they didn't find anything. I've been to probably about six doctors since and they can't seem to find anything. Aside from the last doctor a year ago who said I had an "infected muscle" and gave me an injection in my muscle near my groin. When I asked him what was wrong with me he said I must have injured my muscle and the injection would "switch it (my muscle) off and back on". To be fair, he didn't seem to really know what he was talking about because he evaded my questions - and when I asked him what the muscle was called (because I wanted to look for info online) he had to get a book. The pain left a couple of days later, whether it was the result of the infection: I do not know. All I know is that I hadn't injured my muscle, so he was definitely wrong about that.

Like I said, I've had this for maybe 3-4 years. It's not a permanent pain, it occurs every few months. Usually, it lasts for less than 24 hours and then disappears without getting very severe. But there are those times when it lingers, for a week or two, and gets worse and worse. To the point where I'm in so much pain that I can't sleep or sit. The pain is worse when I sit or lay down, it's gone or practically gone when I'm standing, i.e. when my muscles are relaxed it gets painful.

I feel quite lost because I want to know what this is, but no doctor seems to be able to tell me. One doctor once said "your muscles are very tense" and suggested a massage... . It's very discouraging when you're in so much pain and no doctor seems to be able to tell you why.

Has anyone had similar symptoms? Does anyone know where I should turn? A specialist? I really want to get this sorted out. I'm in incredible pain right now again and I just know this can't be normal, and I'm worried this might get worse if it's not diagnosed and treated soon.



  • I don't know if it could be fibromyalgia or something like that? It is something that I've been diagnosed with for a number of years. I also have other issues which make it difficult to tell what is caused by what. Pain can come and go between flare ups and can affect different areas at different times. It is usually diagnosed by a rheumatologist.

    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • There might be something in the tense muscles. After my last surgery I had a lot of problems with spasmed muscles and my neuro suggested trigger point treatment using either the McKenzie method or acupuncture. I went the accupuncture route with some vallium for good measure and it has helped a lot. Might be worth a try ...

  • Have you looked into myofascial pain at all? Trigger points (or bits of connective tissue) can often be a factor in many unexplained cases of muscle pain.

    Best of luck!
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