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   Posted 8/30/2009 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm usually in the Lupus forum as that is my primary disease. My lupus has been fairly quiet since about the same time my rheumy died. So of course the new rheumy is insisting it's fibro instead.

That was about 3 yrs ago, and I haven't had anything that really warranted meds or much attention, other than my regular Lupus care.

Until now, and I don't know if this is fibro related or not, and what kind of doctor to visit. I walked 6.2 miles for the 4th of July, and really wasn't quite in the shape to do it. I apparently injured or aggravated the muscle/joint/tendon/ligament involved in lifting the front of your leg from the hip when you go to take a step.

It spasms or something at indeterminate times when I am walking, feels like someone has stepped up and stabbed a huge butcher knife vertically right between my leg & groin. Then just as quickly the pain is gone.

Chiropractor says not bone, massage therapist says not muscle....could this be a Fibro thing? If so, what do I do? If not, who sees tendons & ligaments?

Your thoughts appreciated,
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   Posted 8/30/2009 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Lynwood, Welcome to the home of the friendly fibromites!

I was wondering if you might have an impingement of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic
nerve does not run through the groin area, but the pain could radiate to that spot.
Any inflamation to your lower back could activate sciatic pain. My sciatica causes
pain to that area, but the pain does not go quickly; it lingers. I ended up having
back surgery, a lumbar laminectectomy, but occasionally still get sciatica.

At times I get sharp needle stick pains to my extremities that I attribute to my fibro.
I seem to get that type of pain along with muscle twitching after too much physical
activity. Generally, fibromites deal with all over muscle achiness.

Rest and more rest seems to help. Pacing yourself is very important. If the pain
continues you could request a MRI.

Wishing you good luck


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Post Edited (crazykitty) : 8/31/2009 8:31:49 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/31/2009 6:23 AM (GMT -7)   

Sacroiliitis (inflammation of the sacroiliac joint) can cause the same type of pain.  My initial symptom was horrific stabbing pain in the groin when I moved a certain way.  I take a prescription NSAID, and it helps tremendously.

I've also had severe sciatic pain from a herniated disc causing a pinched sciatic nerve.  My pain was just down the back of my leg, but it can radiate to the front.

If it doesn't get better soon, I would recommend seeing your doctor.  I would start with your regular PCP.  He should be able to determine if you need to be seen by someone else like an orthopedist or neurologist.  Also, it's much better to seek treatment sooner rather than later for both sacroiliitis and sciatica if it turns out to be either of those.  Timely treatment can help prevent permanent nerve or joint damage.

On the other hand, it could be something as simple as an aggravated muscle, tendon, or ligament or just a fibro thing.  But I would still probably check it out with my dr. just to be sure.

Hope you feel better soon.

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   Posted 8/31/2009 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Lynnwood, and welcome!  You have gotten some good advice from our members.  Fibromyalgia, though, can cause that type of pain.  Two nights ago I had that type of pain right below my shoulder blade...close to my side.  It was like I was stabbed.  It took me four hours to get the pain under control using ibuprofen with food, extra strength Tylenol, and gentle stretching.  Moist heat helps with this, too.
You may have overexerted a muscle if you haven't done that much walking or perhaps the femoral nerve, that runs down the front of the leg, could be pinched.  That's another possibility.
My massage therapist has helped me greatly with this type of thing.  You need a massage therapist that understands fibro.  Plus, deep massages just make us worse!  You want a gentle massage.
If you want to see a specialist, you would see an orthopedic doctor.  They deal with muscloskeletal problems.
If I were you, I would use moist heat and then gently massage that area.  You can get a Bed Buddy or you can make one  yourself by taking a tube sock, filling it 2/3's full of long grain rice (not instant), and tie a knot at the end.  Pop it in the microwave and it will give off moist heat due to the moisture in the rice.
I hope you start to feel better.  Let us know how you are doing because we really do care about you.
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   Posted 9/2/2009 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi guys,

Pain got worse & knee started hurting as well....tracked it thru 3 doctors and finally turns out that it's an overuse injury - pulled groin & hip flexors. Take it easy (how one avoids walking I'm not sure - I guess no Kmart browsing for me) & physical therapy for at least 6 weeks.

Fun, fun, but I'm glad its not fibro related.
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