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What medicine can help me with this daily PAIN

By Anonymous September 19, 2018 - 9:02am
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Broke my femur 3 yrs ago 9/2015 a rod was inserted from the break to the hip. 7/17 my thigh started a dull ache which only intensified over this last year. A Nuerologist digosed me with Meralgia Paresthtica. Put me on Neurontin. But it’s all in vain, the pain is so bad wakes me up can’t sleep, sit long, stand or walk far. What to do about this acute plus pain. I also have arthritis I’m 58 yrs old not over weight and don’t have diabetes. Please advise

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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing to EmpowHER.

I am so sorry you are living in this kind of pain - chronic pain affects every aspect of life, as you certainly know, and it's impact is ongoing.

Your condition - meralgia paraesthetica - is a painful, burning sensation on the outer side of the thigh may mean that one of the large sensory nerves to your legs--the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve is being compressed. Pain on the outer side of the thigh, occasionally extending to the outer side of the knee.

Have you been referred to a orthopedic specialist? If not, please ask your doctor for advice in this matter. For people with severe cases, surgery is an option. A steroid shot into the area can offer immediate relief but the pain will return once the shot has worn off and these corticosteroid shots are not a long-term solution.

Your doctor may be able to prescribe stronger pain medications in the meantime, but seek a referral to a orthopedic surgeon to discuss your options. I hope you find a solution soon.


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