I had identical symptoms to you.As most of us appear to be past the first flush of youth, with similar high impact histories with regard to our lower limbs, I'm wondering if anyone can identify and possibly advise me on a substantial pain in my upper right leg.
It's on or in the femur, and starts below the hip joint at the back of the leg. It runs from the back of the bone at the top (about where the bottom edge of a rear trouser pocket would be), down the back of the leg and then finishes a couple of inches above the back of the knee, still on or in the femur.
I only appears after I've been walking for about 15 minutes and gets progressively worse as I continue to walk and lasts for about an hour after I stop. Sometimes it flares up in bed, when I haven't changed position for a while.
Pre-empting the logical first question..... yes, I have obviously mentioned it to the docs (two of them actually) and it was kind of shrugged off as "probably sciatica" by both of them any any suggestion of further investigation and treatment being limited to taking pain-killers when required. I have asked Dr Google, and the advice is all over the place so is effectively worthless. There is also the fact it could also be arthritis or rheumatism which complicates matters.
For other reasons I have been less than active over the past year and wonder if it could be a result of that. My current plan is to try and walk through it and see if it gets better, gradually increasing the distance until something improves (or not). I can take pain killers to get me through the daily walks.
One reason behind all this is that I have a lunatic wish to build my health up, and clear my mind, by walking the Coastal Walk around the UK (doss bag and bivvy bag style) for charity, and obviously a good set of pins is some what essential. I don't mind doing it, but it's going to be a tad tricky on my hands and knees.
So, if any helpful Arrser has experienced anything similar and can give any advice, either as to a likely cause for it all, or for any treatment that might be successful, I'd obviously be extremely grateful.
No, I've never had any serious injuries, even after coming of bikes several times in the past. I'm going to ask the doc to refer me to a specialist (which will probably take weeks) and in the meantime I'm going to walk a couple of miles a day and see if it improves. If it gets worse, I'll stop and wait for the appointment.Spinal damage back in the day , now manifests itself in numbness or tingleing sensation in buttock and thigh.
Have you smashed your spine at any time ?
Different problem to mine then.No, I've never had any serious injuries, even after coming of bikes several times in the past. I'm going to ask the doc to refer me to a specialist (which will probably take weeks) and in the meantime I'm going to walk a couple of miles a day and see if it improves. If it gets worse, I'll stop and wait for the appointment.
That's going to need reconstructive surgery if you don't address it. Had the same and it gave up on me sleeping on crappy beds in Dushanbe. Went home eating pain killers like Smarties and seven second opinions later I realised I had to let them cut me.Apparently (according to a consultant) my sciatic nerve runs through my piriformis muscle in my left thigh.
It’s a recipe for fun I can tell you - either an electrically painful leg or a floppy foot!
Now have a friend who was my Physio . Been working for the military for 30 plus years , or I should say has worked with military people for 30 plus years.I had Sciatica back when l was 30 in my left leg.....it felt like a constant giant Toothache.
I couldn't move my left leg much at all and standing still made it worse.
The Doctor told me to take Ibuprofen for the pain which worked but l could not run as fast as l used to be able to there after.
I wish you a Speedy Recovery.
Military doctors are amongst the best, if not the best, in the world.Now have a friend who was my Physio . Been working for the military for 30 plus years , or I should say has worked with military people for 30 plus years.
Myth number 1 . Military people are fit ...
No due to the job and being military they , we , I are actually more likely to have problems as running a 10 mile “ march” in DMS with 25 KG of weight will damage your body.
Myth number 2. Military Drs are good.....
No , prescribing Ibuprofen is a good thing. No it’s a Shiite way of getting military people to carry on with a problem for the short time.
He also hates most Drs as there is a way , most times to prevent injuries , if those in charge thought about what they wanted to achieve.