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Left thigh muscle larger/harder than right. Fearing the C word.

sTeaLth

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I posted about my left foot having a tingle in that heel a few months back before realizing my thigh muscle on that leg was obviously sticking out more just by looking and definitely by touch. It sounds me out for quite a while but I was finally able to move past the fear and ignore it as normal.

Since then, the heel tingle is finally totally gone. The leg muscle looks and feels about the same. But my sciatic nerve, I think, has started hurting all the time on that leg. I’m worried it’s the actual larger muscle that is hurting. When it happens, I can stretch my back out and it seems to relieve the pain for a little bit. Hot salt baths take it away entirely for a while.

On the positive side, I rolled my right ankle badly last December and couldn’t walk for several months on that leg. I used crutches and hopped on my left foot a lot. It’s totally possible that this caused that muscle in my left thigh to develop a lot more than my right leg and I just didn’t notice it until now. If I squat in either leg, that muscle hardens a lot. It’s just that it’s very noticeable in my left and more hidden in the right.

Sadly, Google is screwing me still months after I failed and read an article that triggered me in the first place about a guy with Sarcoma in his thigh. After they took care of things for him, they checked to make sure it didn’t go to his lungs. Of course that detail is stuck in my brain. Two days ago my son woke up with a cough and I woke up with a heavy feeling on my chest. Almost like I can’t get a full breath, though I believe I can. It seems to lessen if I distract myself. I’m hoping it’s just a cold mixed with anxiety. But of course my fear goes straight to that article and that it’s already spreading.

All in all, I’m just wanting clear heads to speak reason. I tend to ignore things until they go away… or eventually freak out enough to go to the doctor and be told there is nothing wrong. I’m just tired of trying to handle this alone.

Thanks, guys.
 

mollyfin

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So...you literally didn't use one leg for months and are worried that the other one is bigger? I think you answered your own question there! Bodies aren't perfectly equally made, either, just in general. Something's always bigger or smaller than its counterpart.
 

Walking Circles

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Sounds like you just developed a larger muscle due to the other being forced in to inactivity. Beyond that it's normal to have one leg be a bit larger and stronger anyway. Sometimes it's even the leg opposite of your dominant side.
 

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I broke my kneecap in a motorcycle accident, and my left leg was in a fixed brace for 6 weeks. When it finally came off, my left leg looked like a twig compared to my right.
 
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