. . . or maybe not. I finally have a diagnosis on my thigh pain: meralgia paresthetica. Not that I'm happy about the diagnosis, but at least I now know what it is and what I can do to alleviate the pain, which at times is quite bad. In fact, here are the most common symptoms, all of which I have in spades:
- Constant pain on the outer side of the thigh, extending from hip to knee
- Burning, numbness, or tingling in the thigh
- Bouts of shooting pain, often likened to being stung repeatedly by bees
- Hypersensitivity to touch and heat. Warm water from the shower causes stinging and burning sensation.
- Occasionally, aching in the groin area or across the buttocks
- Usually more sensitive to light touch than to firm pressure
- Aggravated by walking and standing, or prolonged sitting
On a high note, I bought some hanging plants today, and now I'm going outside to hang them from the beam I installed on the front deck, just for that purpose!