For these kinds of pains, what kind of doctor should I see? I don't need a referral with my insurance, and I would rather skip seeing my primary and go right to the adequate doctor.
Background info-> I am young- mid/ late 20s. No serious health concerns, but have a family history of everything relating to obesity- high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, uric acid, etc. But aside of genetics, I'm not really at risk for any.
A couple weeks ago I was stretching out before exercising and I think I over did it. I am pretty flexible so it's easy for me to stretch in different directions without thinking I may be hurting myself. My rationality is, if I can push my legs this far to a certain point, then it should be fine. I think I messed something up because ever since, when I raise my right leg, there's a popping sound and it feels really weird. Feels like something is grinding. There's no immediate pain, but soon after, my leg is real achy. And for the past 2 weeks, I've been in constant pain, but it varies in severity. But there is always a dull ache. Yesterday, I fell asleep on my side/ thigh for a few hours (I guess), and when I noticed and moved back on my stomach, my leg hurt so bad, starting from the outside (where I was laying on) to my whole leg. Now, there's a stabbing pain when I walk on the outside part of my upper hip/ thigh, and a throbbing pain under my buttocks which seems to be running through my leg. I figured the pain would eventually stop... but it hasn't. I tried to continue working out, but that just seems to aggravate it so now I've stopped. I tried taking Tylenol and a muscle relaxant (Skellaxin), but as soon as the drug wears off, the pain is back. What should I do next? I can't really ice it because I'm not sure where the pain really is (except for today).
So is it my hip? Or my thigh? Which kind of doctor should I see? I'm tired of getting dismissed from general doctors. Just because I've had the pain my whole life doesn't make it ok to be in pain
When I was really young, I danced for several years. I always had leg pains and the would wake up in excruciating paid, just to hear doctors say it was growing pains (need I mention I'm short?!). I was never really able to pinpoint the pain because it just hurt all over. It felt like it was coming from my groin area, but it really just hurt all over. Went to joint specialists, spine specialists, xrays and blood work at that time and nothing- just weakly positive to lupus which doctors said wasn't uncommon. So my whole life, I've suffered from debilitating leg pains. Doctor's notions seem to be, if I've had it all this time without any MAJOR issues, it's no cause for concern.. yea right... The only way to overcome the pain is trying to anticipate it, take a few Tylenols (allergic to NSAIDS), and hope they work quickly so that I am not in tears. The pain happens usually if I've had a more active day than usual, but it also just happens whenever with no real cause. When it's that time of the month, I also get the same similar pain.