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It's like sciatica, but it goes down the FRONT of the leg.

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Has anyone else experienced this?

My chiropractor had never heard of it before, but I get the electric feeling pain down the front of my right thigh, toward the inside.

I'm curious to know what measures and/or manoeuvers work to relieve this!
post #2 of 7
Maybe I can help if I have more information (I'm a massage therapist)
Does the pain feel superficial or deep? Where does it start and where does it end? What is the frequency?
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
oh thanks!
it's not a radiating pain like a pinched nerve usually is.
It's just one spot.
It feels like an electric eel is biting me with his electric fangs.
It's on the inside of my thigh in the middle between my knee and my groin area.

It started out slowly where it would come on every few hours or every few days really strongly, but yesterday it was there about half of my waking hours! not as strong as before, but definitely noticeable.

The chiro told me to get on my hands and knees and do a pelvic tilt to stop it, which worked before, but now that doesn't even stop it and frankly, it's hard to be on your hands and knees all day long at work!
post #4 of 7
Yowch!
post #5 of 7
Sounds like it might be your gracilis muscle which starts at your pubic bone and ends around your knee. Since there is probably some shifting and moving going on with your pubic bones it may be irritated or tight. I would suggest laying on your back on one side of your bed with the effected leg hanging off and having someone slowly stretch the leg outward till you can't go any further. It could also be some fascial restriction in which case you would need some professional help from a massage therapist or physical therapist to smooth that out.

Hope that helps a little!
post #6 of 7
I get this, too.

Try pelvic bridges three times a day (lay on your back with your knees bent, feet in line with your buttocks, and roll your hips up until your chest and belly are flat -ha ha ha- with your thighs), about ten to twenty at a time.

Then do a butterfly stretch, sitting on your butt, bring your feet flat soles together, and bring your heels as close to your crotch as possible while sending your knees to the floor.

Also lay on your back with your butt against the wall and your feet up the wall, slowly and gently let your legs fall open into a V, until they are as far open as possible. Bring them slowly back together. Repeat.

Massage will also likely be needed to get the gunk out of the muscle and help calm it down so stretching and strengthening can be effective.
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks Lotus blossom and Leos Mama!

I tried the stretches you mentioned and it's not acting up today so it seems to have helped a lot.
Thank you a million.

Today when I see my chiro I will ask her about the possibility it's a muscle and not a nerve, see what she says.
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