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Your Dull, Achy Thigh Pain May Also be Known as:
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Top 4 Dull, Achy Thigh Pain Causes

  1. 1.Restless Legs Syndrome (Rls)

    Restless Legs Syndrome is a common condition characterized by an urge to move the legs in order to stop unpleasant sensations.

    You should see a doctor if these symptoms continue or begin to get worse

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    daytime sleepiness, trouble sleeping, dull or achy leg pain, difficulty falling asleep, restless legs
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Blood Clot Requiring an Ultrasound

    Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. Most deep vein clots occur in the lower leg or thigh.

    Go to the emergency room immediately.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, thigh pain, calf pain, upper leg swelling, painful swelling in the lower leg
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  3. 3.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.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an ER, where diagnosis of osteomyelitis can be established through x-rays and culturing fluids. Treatment involves antibiotics and removing the infected tissue (by surgery).

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    constant upper leg pain, spontaneous thigh pain, moderate fever, 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
  4. 4.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.

    You need to get your injury checked by a physician, sometimes a MRI scan is needed to confirm the diagnosis. It may be helpful to consult with a physical therapist as well. The treatment for a stress fracture involves avoiding repeated stress on the leg, which means cutting down on high-intensity activity. Exercise that puts less repeated stress on the leg, such as cycling or swimming, is recommended.

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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Dull, Achy Thigh Pain

  • Q.Is your upper leg pain getting better or worse?
  • Q.How severe is your upper leg pain?
  • Q.How long has your upper leg pain been going on?
  • Q.Is your upper leg pain constant or come-and-go?

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Dull, Achy Thigh Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

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

    • 16% Pain in One Hip
    • 16% Joint Pain
    • 16% Lower Back Pain
  • People who have experienced dull, achy thigh pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 32% Over a Month
    • 27% Less Than a Week
    • 24% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced dull, achy thigh pain were most often matched with:

    • 28% Restless Legs Syndrome (Rls)
    • 14% Blood Clot Requiring an Ultrasound
    • 14% Thigh Bone Infection (Osteomyelitis)
  • 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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