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Severe pain on sitting cross legged. Pain in hips, upper thigh, knee. Reason for pain?

Hello, my first question is that I get severe pain after sitting cross-legged for any extended period of time. I get pain in my hips and pain in my upper thighs. I also feel the pain after I move my legs back to a straight position. I am a 20 year old female. My second question is about my knees. I often get sudden knee pain while walking. One of my knees will give out on me (interchangeably) and not bare my weight to the point that I have to limp over and sit down. Can you explain this? I have a history of running track when I was younger, and was dropped once while doing a stunt as a cheerleader and landed on my knee, if that could be part of the problem.
Asked On : Tue, 26 Mar 2013
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Hi and thanks for this query.
I a sorry to hear about all that you have been experiencing.

Crossing legs for a long time reduces the amount of blood flow to the lower limbs. This results in low oxygen and nutrients supply. This will inevitably lead to muscle cramp that will cause you to feel pains. It usually takes a while after putting the legs in a straight position for the symptoms to go away. So avoid crossing your legs for long or better still cross them at the ankles and not the knees for better outcome.

From the history of knee trauma and your leg giving out on you, it may be that you had a tear of one of the stabilising structures at the knees. You should meet and get the leg examined and also may need a test to evaluate all the essential structures at the knee to tell what the problem is.

Hope you find this helpful.
I wish you good health.
Dr. Ditah
Answered: Sun, 21 Jul 2013
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