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I have pain and weakness in my thigh every morning, I take Advil and it goes away, what could cause this?

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1. Where exactly do you have the pain ? Whole of thigh / sides / inner thigh / upper thigh / near hip joint /
2. Is the pain present in both sides ?
3. Is there any stiffness of the joints ?
4. Is there pain in any other parts of the body especially the small joints ?
5. You have mentioned weakness. Can you explain more ? Do you have weakness in walking / squatting / sitting / standing up ?
6. For how many days / weeks / months are you having these symptoms ?

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Patient replied :

The pain is in the upper thigh on the outside and sometimes back of thigh. It doesn't feel like its in the joint. It's only when I get up in the morning and I have trouble walking to the bathroom but as soon as the Advil kicks in I'm fine. I go out and power walk 3-4 miles and I've noticed that if I get busy and miss a lot of days it seems worse. But it's only in the mornings. I'm very active person. I run 5ks and work in real estate. Always busy, but this has been going on for several months and I feel like I lose an hour or so every morning because of it.


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The symptoms you have mentioned are non specific. By non specific I mean that a single diagnosis is not possible with out further evaluation. A venous block or a pinched nerve in the back (both can get relieved by exertion / activity ) are two possibles causes. A non specific muscular inflammation is also possible, but the duration is too long for this cause.

A baseline evaluation is definite warranted especially since you have the symptoms for more than few months. A complete physical examination and few tests ( which may include Xray of the hip , Xray of LS spine back, Venous Doppler ) might be needed.

Meanwhile I would recommend not taking advila and see how the response is (increasing severity / steady ).
Make sure that your wearing a good fitting shoes. While sleeping try a neutral position ( or try sleeping on your sides with a pillow in between your knees). These measure could help in easing the pain. However as a said earlier few basic tests had to be done.

Hope this helps
Feel free to ask followups / Clarificaitions
Thank you

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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