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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Dull, Achy Thigh Pain

Updated on Aug. 29, 2018

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced dull, achy thigh pain. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

    The kneecap (patella) is located directly in front of the thigh bone (femur), and should normally glide freely up and down. In this condition, called patellofemoral pain syndrome, the kneecap may rub against the thigh bone instead of gliding smoothly, causing damage and pain.

    Most people get better within weeks to months of physical therapy.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    knee pain, pain in one knee, knee pain that gets worse when going up stairs, dull, achy knee pain, knee pain that gets worse when squatting
    Symptoms that always occur with patellofemoral pain syndrome:
    knee pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Femoral Stress Fracture

    A femoral stress fracture is a small crack in the thigh bone (femur). These fractures are most often a result of overuse and are commonly seen with an increase in activity. Stress fractures of the thigh bone are much less common than those of the shin bone (tibia), but nonetheless do occur in high-risk groups such as athletes and military recruits.

    12 weeks is the usual duration of treatment. Stress fractures usually heal on their own.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dull, achy hip pain, pain in one thigh, thigh pain, spontaneous hip pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Thigh Bruise

    A bruise is the damage of the blood vessels that return blood to the heart (the capillaries and veins), which causes pooling of the blood. This explains the blue/purple color of most bruises.

    Bruises will begin to heal over the course of a week

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one thigh, thigh pain from an injury, upper leg injury, thigh bruise, swelling of one thigh
    Symptoms that always occur with thigh bruise:
    upper leg injury, thigh pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  4. 4.Compartment Syndrome

    Compartment syndrome is a serious condition that involves increased pressure in a muscle compartment. It can lead to muscle and nerve damage and problems with blood flow.

    Prognosis is highly variable after surgery and depends on how rapidly you are treated.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    arm numbness, hand numbness, foot numbness, pain in one leg, thigh numbness
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  5. 5.Repetitive Strain Injury of the Quadriceps

    Repetitive strain injury of the upper leg is caused by consistent repetitive use.

    Resolves with rest

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    upper leg numbness, thigh weakness, thigh pain from overuse
    Symptoms that always occur with repetitive strain injury of the quadriceps:
    thigh pain from overuse
    Symptoms that never occur with repetitive strain injury of the quadriceps:
    upper leg injury, severe upper leg pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  6. 6.Thigh Bone Infection (Osteomyelitis)

    Osteomyelitis of the thigh is a bacterial or fungal infection of the thigh bone, typically caused by Staph Aureus (40-50% of the time). It is difficult to diagnose as the infection can come from a break in the skin at the area or anywhere else in the body that spreads by blood.

    Improvement during a 6-week treatment with antibiotics

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    moderate fever, constant upper leg pain, spontaneous thigh pain, painful surgical site, warm red upper leg swelling
    Symptoms that always occur with thigh bone infection (osteomyelitis):
    spontaneous thigh pain, constant upper leg pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  7. 7.Chronic Thigh Bone Infection (Osteomyelitis)

    Osteomyelitis of the thigh is a bacterial or fungal infection of the thigh bone, typically caused by Staph Aureus (40-50% of the time). It is difficult to diagnose as the infection can come from a break in the skin at the area or anywhere else in the body that spreads by blood.

    Improvement during a 6-week treatment with antibiotics

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous thigh pain, moderate fever, painful surgical site
    Symptoms that always occur with chronic thigh bone infection (osteomyelitis):
    spontaneous thigh pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Dull, Achy Thigh Pain

  • Q.Do you run for exercise or sport?
  • Q.What is your body mass?
  • Q.Do your symptoms get worse when you exercise?
  • Q.Do you have any idea what may have caused your thigh pain?

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Dull, Achy Thigh Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced dull, achy thigh pain have also experienced:

    • 7% Lower Back Pain
    • 4% Restless Legs
    • 4% Joint Pain
  • People who have experienced dull, achy thigh pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 32% Over a Month
    • 26% Less Than a Week
    • 22% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced dull, achy thigh pain were most often matched with:

    • 50% Femoral Stress Fracture
    • 37% Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
    • 12% Thigh Bruise
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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