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    Hip Joint and Outer Thigh Pain
    bpcookie posted:
    For a while now I have been having pain at the hip joint of the leg and outer thigh pain. Sitting seems to aggravate it. When I get up to walk, I can hardly move my leg. When I try to walk it feels like my muscle, on my outer thigh, is pulling on the leg bone. It feels like I'm going to either pull the muscle off the thigh bone or snap the muscle. Thats the only way I can explain it. I'm sure others have had this same pain. If you have had this pain before, what on earth is the problem?

    The red shows the area of pain BUT I don't have the pain on the lower part of the leg, under the knee.

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    lorigibs40734 responded:
    I have similar pain. They tell me it's a combo between fibro and osteoarthritis, with a herniated disc in my back that pinches the sciatic nerve...

    Have you spoken with your MD about this?
    bpcookie replied to lorigibs40734's response:
    No, I haven't talked to my Dr. yet. I have so many pain issues that my PS told me that she was only going to work on one problem at a time. lol. So I haven't mentioned that to her yet. But thanks for your reply. It could be related to my back pain.
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    lorigibs40734 replied to bpcookie's response:
    I would definitely mention it to her next time you see her. It could be associated with your back, or it could be something else she needs made aware of. I wish you best of luck. It's hard dealing with different kinds of pain all at once. Drives me crazy at times LOL

    smann68 responded:
    Hi BPCookie,

    I have osteo arthritis and bursitis and this may be your problem, as well.

    I hope you get it figured out soon. I know how painful and irritating this can be.

    You will probably need to see a specialist.
    77grace responded:
    Hi bpcookie,
    Wow,I sure wish I could reach righr through the screen and help you!But Although I can't do that I can pray for yoy and will right after I sign off ;
    I also suffer from alot of chronic pain ,short version " tumors like to row anyhere all along my spine and sometimes place's like brains,etc!So far I've been blessed and still sble to walk and talk and so on !~So I am happy for that !!!!But I do have bad dsays too!
    Love and blessings,77grace
    Peter Abaci, MD responded:
    I thought I would bring up a few other potential causes of outer thigh pain that you could consider reviewing with your doctors:

    Meralgia Paresthetica is a nerve pain syndrome that causes a burning, tingling pain on the outside of the thigh. It is usually caused by compression around a nerve called the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. Sometimes the compression is caused by weight gain or pregnancy, but I have also seen it occur after other surgeries on the hip or back.

    Iliotibial Band Syndrome is caused by inflammation in a thick band of fascia that covers the muscles on the outside of the hip and thigh. This can sometimes be a source of knee pain and in other cases it can cause outer thigh pain. The right stretching and strengthening exercises often lead to improvement of this condition.

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