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leg pain after massage

leosmithlleosmith Posts: 1
About 4 years ago I had a massage in Thailand. At one point the therapist applied high pressure with her thumbs at my leg crease (front of hips). Sorry for my poor location description, but that's part of what I'm here for. I don't know exactly what to call this location or what she was trying to do. Was she trying to massage my lymph nodes? Apply pressure to my femoral artery? Who knows. But she applied a lot of pressure and it really hurt. Trying to remain manly, I only gasped a little and withstood her holding it for 10 or 15 seconds.

When I started to walk home, I immediately got pain in my left knee. It felt sort of like my knee wanted to give while I walked. It felt similar to the tingly pain you get when your leg "falls asleep"; under my kneecap and extending down through my shin. I feel like I want to drop my foot, but I don't. There seems to be some warmth and tightness radiating up into my thigh too. For some reason I didn't associate this with the massage. The pain continued for several weeks, then dissipated. A few month after I returned to the US, returning to work at a job where I'm seated all the time, the pain came back. Again, it felt like my knee wanted to give. Sharp pain, general weakness.

I went to see a sports chiropractor. He said my pain description made it sound a little like peroneal nerve damage, but that usually only happens to people that spend lots of time on their knees like carpet layers. He tried the therapy anyway, and it seemed to help. Gradually, over about 3 years of careful knee care and physical-therapy type exercises on my own, my knee seemed to be back to normal.

Until last night. I'm back in Thailand (don't do massage anymore), and I'd been walking around all night, a little tired. I played a game of pool, and sort of threw myself back in defeat; sort of like jumping for joy; bending at the waist, and there was some sort of pop in that same leg crease area of my left leg. My old knee pain was back. Not it's worst ever, but pretty bad.

So I suspect the massage 4 years ago was the cause of this. My questions are how do I discuss this with a doctor or online advisors? What nomenclature should I use? Do you have any idea what it might be? What was she trying to do? What could she have damaged? What can be done to fix the problem?

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    Of course, I wouldn't have any idea of what she was trying to do, or what if anything she may have damaged.
    Sorry about all the pain you've had to endure.

    Not sure, but is the word your looking for ...groin? Or inguinal area?
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