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Severe stabbing pains in leg above knee area?

Asked by atekrick (4points) September 26th, 2010

About 4–6 or so months back, I suddenly got a sharp stabbing pain
in my inner thigh. To describe it as “sharp” is an understatement. I almost passed out from the pain. It lasted about 15–30 seconds the first time, and since then they are always shorter, but the sudden stabbing pain is the same, just shorter.

I have described it as sudden as the pain from chomping down on a big ball of aluminum foil, and as painful as a ice pick being shoved in and twisted around in the muscles. Most pains are right above the knee and a little toward the inner thigh.

I haven’t been to the doctor about it, but am ready to as it is now happening in the middle of the night on occasion. No pattern to the time between hits, went a few months with very little, but now are more frequent.

I’m afraid to drive or climb a ladder for fear that
I may crash or fall, but I must continue to drive, and my occupation requires me to climb ladders. The pain instantly send anything in my hand flying away without control as I grab for my leg. If there was a warning, I would be less fearful, but absolutely no warning time whatsoever.

Thank you for any input you may have, I appreciate your time.

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MissA's avatar

Could you have a form of neuropathy?

That happens with deficiencies and/or diabetes. One common deficiency is magnesium.

Best to have it checked out.

skfinkel's avatar

This sounds just awful and scary. And dangerous if you are driving. I would get to a doctor and have it checked out.

pdela's avatar

I experienced the same issues you had and was looking for answers myself. Without notice I’d get the sharp pain that stops me in my tracks. It’s different than a muscle cramp and more like a nerve spasm. I’ll be looking into it. My wife is an RN and really hasn’t a clue. I’m guessing it’s repetitive contact in that area resulting in nerve type spasm. What bothers me is the sudden onset.

baxlee2's avatar

Dude!! The exact same has happened to me, and I DID pass out!! The pain is the scariest ever!! Sometimes it lasts for seconds but others up to a few minutes…always while I’m asleep, I’ll shoot out of bed….very scary! The last big episode the pain was so bad I did pass out and my husband called 9–1-1, they checked me out, gave me potassium pills and sent me home….frustrating!! If you ever get a doctor to tell you what’s going on let us know!! Good luck!

michellebever's avatar

I am hoping this helps and I do not claim to be an expert but I was funded to do research to write a book on Deficiencies. My own husband had the stabbing pains that it was hard for me to watch and not be able to stop the pain. I looked up the Deficiencies and they were Potassium and Magnesium. I made sure he ate to coat his stomach than proceeded to have him take 4 Potassium and 4 Magnesium. It took about 30–40 minutes to get into the system but the pains started to occur with less frequency. Later I made lunch to coat his system again and than proceeded with the same amount. When he was going through it seemed like it was never going to end but it did start to lessen. The body needs to recognize that it is in the system. Remembering to coat the stomach is important when taking the additional Potassium and Magnesium. He is now a believer and I wish he didn’t have to go through the pain. It was so hard to watch but at least I helped to stop it. My book is Nutrition Made Simple but always remember to consult a physician and to check the information that you find.

michellebever's avatar

One more thing about taking the Potassium and Magnesium… After the initial 2 times the 4 Potassium and 4 Magnesium than take 2 and 2. for two more consecutive times. The next important step is to daily add the Magnesium and Potassium in the evening for best results. I take 2 Potassium and 4 Magnesium. Depending upon your deficiency level you can adjust it but still needs to be taken daily so the onset does not begin again. Hope this helps. :-)

Ana2014's avatar

Hi my name is Ana and I’ve been having Sharp stabbing pain above my knee that last to 15–30 seconds and it could sometimes go on for minutes.

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