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3 Potential Severe Thigh Pain Causes

  1. 1.Femoral Shaft Fracture

    A femoral shaft fracture is a break anywhere along the long, straight part of the femur (thighbone) known as the shaft. Since the femur is the longest, strongest bone in the body, it is fairly difficult to break it (car crashes account for the most femur fractures).

    4 to 6 months after surgery

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    constant upper leg pain, abnormally high heartrate, swollen thigh, thigh pain, severe thigh pain
    Symptoms that always occur with femoral shaft fracture:
    inability to bear weight immediately after injury, thigh pain, severe thigh pain, pain when touching the thigh, swollen thigh, constant upper leg pain
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service

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  2. 2.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
  3. 3.Ewing Sarcoma

    Ewing sarcoma is a type of bone cancer often affecting the legs, pelvis, ribs, arms or spine. It can occur anytime during childhood and young adulthood; it is rarely seen in adults.

    Curable with total treatment lasting 8-12 months

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, new headache, fever, rib pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Severe Thigh Pain

  • Q.What is your body mass?
  • Q.Do your symptoms get worse when you exercise?
  • Q.Do you run for exercise or sport?
  • Q.Is the thigh pain affecting:

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Severe Thigh Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced severe thigh pain have also experienced:

    • 16% Lower Back Pain
    • 5% Deep, Throbbing Hip Pain
    • 4% Hip Pain
  • People who have experienced severe thigh pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 33% Over a Month
    • 26% Less Than a Week
    • 22% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced severe thigh pain were most often matched with:

    • 1% Compartment Syndrome
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

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