My left hip is HORRIBLY sore! The cause seems to be from sitting on my roommate'

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  1. Say Yes To Life profile image80
    Say Yes To Lifeposted 3 years ago

    My left hip is HORRIBLY sore! The cause seems to be from sitting on my roommate's bed of all things!

    Have any of you experienced anything like this? I work out on a regular basis - running, swimming, stairmaster - but this is the first time it has happened to me. It hurts to move it outward, or put weight on it. And it's only my left leg. After sitting on her bed for 2 hours last night, I could barely walk. Of course I won't sit on it again, but what is happening to me? Help!

  2. epharmacology profile image70
    epharmacologyposted 3 years ago

    Maybe you have "fat-wallet syndrome"! Actual name is Piriformis syndrome! Occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed or otherwise irritated by the piriformis muscle causing pain, tingling and numbness in the buttocks and along the path of the sciatic nerve descending down the lower thigh and into the leg! Can be caused by sitting on a fat wallet or anything that puts pressure on the sciatic nerve!

    You might find some quick relief by walking with the foot on the involved side pointing outward which externally rotates the hip, lessening the stretch on the piriformis and relieving the pain slightly.

    Runners, bicyclists and other athletic types who have it need to do lateral stretching and strengthening exercises.  When not balanced by lateral movement of the legs, repeated forward movements can lead to disproportionately weak hip abductors and tight adductors. When piriformis syndrome is caused by weak abductors combined with tight adductors, a highly effective and easy treatment includes stretching and strengthening these muscle groups. An exercise regimen targeting the gluteus medius and hip adductor muscle groups can alleviate symptoms of piriformis syndrome within days.

    You should definitely visit a doctor for medical consultation. Internet isn't really the best solution for medial problems! … -syndrome/ … ve-anatomy

    1. Say Yes To Life profile image80
      Say Yes To Lifeposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      At first I felt the pain on the side; now I feel it in my groin. I thought the sciatic nerve runs down the back. What can I do?

    2. epharmacology profile image70
      epharmacologyposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Visit a doc asap!

    3. Say Yes To Life profile image80
      Say Yes To Lifeposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you!

  3. tsmog profile image79
    tsmogposted 3 years ago

    How you sat may be a clue. Sitting on a bed many times means leaning this way or that way. There are points on the hip and the legs regarding circulation that may be considered. Those too are points regarding nerves as pointed out  by epharmacology. Consider those work together regarding the muscles.

    Another question to ask, of which considers both of those, is hip alignment. Most known within Chiropratic care regarding skeletal alignment and its effects with circulation, muscular, and nerve function. At times the hip is not in alignment. Its effect may only be detected with its deflection in extreme cases such as stressed. 

    As shared sitting on a wallet does have an effect with the function of those three. Leaning more to one side than the other contributes to that as well. Another common habit is crossing the legs, which causes the same strain focused with hip alignment.

    For instance I know if I sit at the desk researching and writing for a length of time with my legs crossed then when I get up my left leg almost won't work. I actually limp away while at times it seems asleep. Almost scary.

    The pain I experience begins at the hip pointer and runs along two of my thigh muscles. One across the front and one the back. The technical terms for those two muscles are:

    Front: Vastus Medialis Muscle
    Back: Semimembranosus Muscle

    A peek at the following link will show those two muscles. And, it may offer understanding your experienced pain. Easily one may see how they interconnect with each other. … erior-deep

    Your case may be common, however as with any it is unique. Again, with my case as an example I know two things. Crossing my legs at the desk does in fact cause misalignment with my hip. That is why I facilitate a chiropractor. That causes strain while as a focus point effects circulation and nerve function.

    I know in my case I have peripheral arterial disease a result of diabetes. I know my hip will missalign easily. I know I experience that pain through nerves. Those muscles need blood to function properly. Both of those causes inhibit blood flow. The body reports that lack experienced at a particular muscle group through the nerves as pain to the brain.

    How to correct? Stretching and exercise is the first line of defense. Restore the circulation and rest the muscles by not straining them. The skeletal structure may realign itself naturally.

    Of course insert medical disclaimer here.

    1. Say Yes To Life profile image80
      Say Yes To Lifeposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      When I sat facing to the right, the pain came from my left hip. When I sat facing to the left, my left groin hurt. The latter is worst of all.

    2. tsmog profile image79
      tsmogposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Being I am not a Dr, physical therapist, or Chiropractor I can really only learn and comment from personal experience. I could speculate the focus may be the left side. As to why I cannot speculate.

    3. Say Yes To Life profile image80
      Say Yes To Lifeposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I'm feeling MUCH better than I did Sunday. I saw my brother (who is a doctor) yesterday. He said sitting the way I did on my roommate's bed is a surefire way to throw out your back. So that was definitely the cause, and I'm lucky it wasn't worse.

  4. DreamerMeg profile image86
    DreamerMegposted 3 years ago

    Sounds rather like sciatica. The way you describe it sounds classic. Pain from the pelvic region, through the buttock and down the leg. Usually only on one side. Lot of medical sites describe this if you search on line. If you are worried, see your doctor.

    1. Say Yes To Life profile image80
      Say Yes To Lifeposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I just saw a doctor, and he said 8t was irritated inflamed tendons. He told me to rest for a few days, and prescribed some anti inflammatory pain mess for me. I'll let you know how that goes.

  5. Faceless39 profile image95
    Faceless39posted 3 years ago

    Get to a chiropractor! ..............................................

    1. Say Yes To Life profile image80
      Say Yes To Lifeposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Currently rest, pain pills and ice are helping. If the pain continues after a few days, I'll definitely follow your suggestion.

  6. Billie Kelpin profile image84
    Billie Kelpinposted 3 years ago

    My bet is that you're right-handed.  A good physical therapist can fix you up in a few treatments I would think.  In the mean time, pelvic tilts might help to relieve any on-going pain as well as swimming on your back. (Those exercises should be safe to do before you know what's wrong).  If you do the frog leg kick on your back, you might be able to tell if your left-leg has less extension than your right.  I have been doing laps and when I started, I had little extension at the right hip (I'm left-handed, so I carry everything on my right hip so that my left hand is free). If you're carrying books or a back pack on your left side, you could try switching.  Also try switching your mouse button to be left-handed.  (I have a hub about that).  But, all in all, if you can get a referral to a good physical therapist, he or she will be of invaluable help!

    1. Say Yes To Life profile image80
      Say Yes To Lifeposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, I am right handed. Rest and pain meds are helping so far. I'll try swimming tomorrow.

  7. Say Yes To Life profile image80
    Say Yes To Lifeposted 3 years ago

    Thanks, you guys, for your answers. My doctor prescribed ibuprofen and hydrocodone and told me to rest for a few days, watching how I sit. It worked!


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