Pain in my thighradiculoplexus neuropathy

By runthe Latest Reply 2012-04-19 22:06:52 -0500
Started 2012-04-18 13:39:41 -0500

Hi all just came back from my Rheumatogist. I talk to him about my thigh pain. He told me that the pain is something called radiculoplexus neuropathy or something to that nature. I had to go take xrays and blood work and to see my pcp on monday. Just wondering if anyone ever heard of this and if so what is the outcome. I was told that if the pain get really severe to go to the er immediately.

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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-04-19 14:51:53 -0500 Report

Runthe, I have that really bad these days. Was wondering what it was. If I sit or stand too long I get really stiff. In the morning it takes a while for me to move my thighs. It is especially bad on the right side.

I found the following information:

Radiculoplexus neuropathy (diabetic amyotrophy)
Instead of affecting the ends of nerves, like peripheral neuropathy, radiculoplexus neuropathy affects nerves in the thighs, hips, buttocks or legs. Also called diabetic amyotrophy, femoral neuropathy, or proximal neuropathy, this condition is more common in people with type 2 diabetes and older adults. Symptoms are usually on one side of the body, though in some cases symptoms may spread to the other side too. Most people improve at least partially over time, though symptoms may worsen before they get better. This condition is often marked by:
• Sudden, severe pain in your hip and thigh or buttock
• Eventual weak and atrophied thigh muscles
• Difficulty rising from a sitting position
• Abdominal swelling, if the abdomen is affected
• Weight loss

Radiculoplexus Neuropathy Symptoms
• Radiculoplexus neuropathy, common in older adults and patients with type 2 diabetes, affects the nerves close to the hips or shoulders. Also called diabetic amyotrophy, femoral neuropathy or proximal neuropathy, this condition affects the legs most often, but may affect the arms or abdomen. Symptoms may be present on only one side of the body and include weight loss, difficulty in rising from sitting, severe pain in hip/thigh/buttock, weakness/atrophy in thigh muscles and abdominal swelling.

Read more: Symptoms of Neuropathies |

Apparently from what I have also read is that treatment varies among patients and it could take up to two years for the symptoms to go away. I have had this for over a month.

runthe 2012-04-19 17:04:45 -0500 Report

Thank you so much. I appreciated this info.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-04-19 21:14:32 -0500 Report

You are more than welcome. I think we both need to see a doctor about this and see what can be done now that we can better talk to the doctor because we are now armed with information.

runthe 2012-04-19 21:59:25 -0500 Report

The diabetic dr started me on Amitriptyline. Just have to wait for the medicine. Will pick it up tomorrow.