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Why do I feel pain in the side of my leg whenever I stretch it ?

why do i feel pain on my right leg whenever i sit and stretch it to the side and bend my left leg in front of me and bend my head down well i am femala 22 years old 160 lbs and i don t exercise much. about 5 years ago i started feeling pain on my right leg. specifically on the sides of my upper leg going to the buttocks area. i try to massage it but it won t go away. and i also can t do certain moves in pilates where i am required to lift my leg straight into the air while laying down on the floor and then lifting my upper body with the help of my raised leg. I also noticed that i feel pain in my leg whenever i bend my head toward my stretched right leg..
Asked On : Wed, 22 Jun 2011
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You appear to be having symptoms suggestive of Meralgia paraesthetica which is the compression of the nerve by the side of your upper thigh. It can be cause by obesity, diabetes commonly. You will need to lose weight which will relieve the symptoms. Also, avoid standing for long hours, walking for long time as well. You can get tested at the Clinic by doing a Nerve Conduction to confirm. You can take OTC pain killers like Tylenol (Acetaminophen/Paracetamol) for pain relief. Kindly consult a Neurologist in this regard. Keep me posted on your developments. GOOD LUCK !!!!
Answered: Wed, 22 Jun 2011
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