"Dents" in leg muscles

Posted by rubie @rubie, Jul 17, 2019

Developing dents in muscles of lower right leg – when I rub my leg, feel like a there's a hole in muscle and it is actually visible – saw reflection in store window. . . Surprised me for sure! I very frequently have terrible cramps/burning/stinging/"electric" pains in my legs and feet. Wondering if my muscles are sort of disintegrating. Anyone else know what I am talking about?

@cladinviolet

hi. new here although searched mayo clinic for a decade now. wasn't aware there was a dedicated forum until tonight.

anyway.

as the title says.

I'm concerned about muscle atrophy and maybe even ALS. any ideas? I've attached a photo for additional insight.

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Hi @cladinviolet, and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I see you are worried about the dent in your leg muscle. You will see that I moved your post to an ongoing discussion about this topic. I did this so that you can connect with other members like @trellg132, @johnhans, and @johnbishop who have contributed to this topic.

Is this the first dent that you have seen? Have you shared this with your primary?

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@cladinviolet

hi. new here although searched mayo clinic for a decade now. wasn't aware there was a dedicated forum until tonight.

anyway.

as the title says.

I'm concerned about muscle atrophy and maybe even ALS. any ideas? I've attached a photo for additional insight.

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Hi @cladinviolet, I would like to add my welcome to Connect along with @amandaburnett and other members. I used to have a small dent in my right leg on the side of the shin but haven't seen it for awhile. I discussed it in my post earlier in this discussion here – https://connect.mayoclinic.org/comment/269233/. I think mine is related to my lymphedema. I did mention it to my primary care doctor and they said they thought it could be edema related. This was prior to my being diagnosed with lymphedema for which I now wear compression socks.

Have you done any research into what the possible causes for the dent in your leg?

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@cladinviolet

hi. new here although searched mayo clinic for a decade now. wasn't aware there was a dedicated forum until tonight.

anyway.

as the title says.

I'm concerned about muscle atrophy and maybe even ALS. any ideas? I've attached a photo for additional insight.

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Hello –
Can you tell us a little more about your history and when this occurred? How long have you noticed this dent, and exactly how large is it? Where is it on the thigh, and is there specific weakness in the leg? Have you had any surgeries on the hip or leg?
Sorry to bombard you with questions, but it is difficult to give any informed suggestions on a single phots.
Sue

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@amandaburnett

Hi @cladinviolet, and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I see you are worried about the dent in your leg muscle. You will see that I moved your post to an ongoing discussion about this topic. I did this so that you can connect with other members like @trellg132, @johnhans, and @johnbishop who have contributed to this topic.

Is this the first dent that you have seen? Have you shared this with your primary?

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hi.

thank you.

this is the first I've seen yes. it's accompanied by weakness but only when I do hard work or intense physical activity.

not much pain if any lbut it feels like it will give out if I carry something too heavy.

primary care appointment scheduled asap. a day or two.

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@johnbishop

Hi @cladinviolet, I would like to add my welcome to Connect along with @amandaburnett and other members. I used to have a small dent in my right leg on the side of the shin but haven't seen it for awhile. I discussed it in my post earlier in this discussion here – https://connect.mayoclinic.org/comment/269233/. I think mine is related to my lymphedema. I did mention it to my primary care doctor and they said they thought it could be edema related. This was prior to my being diagnosed with lymphedema for which I now wear compression socks.

Have you done any research into what the possible causes for the dent in your leg?

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hi.

almost certain mine is possibly either fatty tissue damage or more likely muscle atrophy.

my ability to carry heavy objects and extreme exercise has been affected. I can only do minor cardio now.

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@sueinmn

Hello –
Can you tell us a little more about your history and when this occurred? How long have you noticed this dent, and exactly how large is it? Where is it on the thigh, and is there specific weakness in the leg? Have you had any surgeries on the hip or leg?
Sorry to bombard you with questions, but it is difficult to give any informed suggestions on a single phots.
Sue

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not at all. I appreciate the detailed questions.

1. history and occurrence

i'm a gamer who tries to stay fit. i am not precisely sure when it happened but one day when I was exercising I did feel a very different almost twisting pain near that area after intense cardio work out.

although I did not check the area because I assumed I merely pulled a muscle.

only to notice days later I have a horizontal indentation between the hip bone and thigh on the left side.

2. not long a few days at most. it's about 2 maybe 3 inches going horizontal. length wise not long at all.

3. it's below the hip bone but above most of the thigh. I did research on the anatomic location and it's either the Iliotibial band or glutes medias. possibly tensor fasciae latae.

the muscle in the location only (or tendon?) Is gone until I flex it then it magically reappears temporarily.

4. no surgeries ever.

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I have had Peripheral Neuropathy for over 15 years and I also have dimples in my calves. They are getting worse as time goes by, sorry to say. Sorry to hear this for you.

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@cladinviolet

not at all. I appreciate the detailed questions.

1. history and occurrence

i'm a gamer who tries to stay fit. i am not precisely sure when it happened but one day when I was exercising I did feel a very different almost twisting pain near that area after intense cardio work out.

although I did not check the area because I assumed I merely pulled a muscle.

only to notice days later I have a horizontal indentation between the hip bone and thigh on the left side.

2. not long a few days at most. it's about 2 maybe 3 inches going horizontal. length wise not long at all.

3. it's below the hip bone but above most of the thigh. I did research on the anatomic location and it's either the Iliotibial band or glutes medias. possibly tensor fasciae latae.

the muscle in the location only (or tendon?) Is gone until I flex it then it magically reappears temporarily.

4. no surgeries ever.

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Glad to hear you are seeing your provider soon. Something new appearing like this, especially suddenly, in a previously healthy leg would be concerning. The twisting pain is very likely the key – you are probably headed for some PT after your evaluation, to get you back up to speed.
Let us know what you lear, please.
Sue

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@sueinmn

Glad to hear you are seeing your provider soon. Something new appearing like this, especially suddenly, in a previously healthy leg would be concerning. The twisting pain is very likely the key – you are probably headed for some PT after your evaluation, to get you back up to speed.
Let us know what you lear, please.
Sue

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Tomorrow actually.

Although I'm almost tempted for a hospital vist.

So it is concerning for a leg that was just fine days ago eh?

what is PT? is it scary?

and sure. unlike most people who come to health forums I always update.

thank you.

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i also have a bit of an unusual update.

the area on my upper left thigh that I fear has atrophied actually looks more like it's turned to flab or loose skin on laying down.

when standing up only then does it become a horizontal painless indentation.

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@cladinviolet

Tomorrow actually.

Although I'm almost tempted for a hospital vist.

So it is concerning for a leg that was just fine days ago eh?

what is PT? is it scary?

and sure. unlike most people who come to health forums I always update.

thank you.

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@cladinviolet, PT is physical therapy. I think it can be very helpful in many situations. I did find some information that sounds kind of like what you described for symptoms.

Hypertonic IT Band creates indentation in the lateral thigh was listed under the IT Band Massage : OBSERVATION on the Massage Therapy Reference website for IT Band Massage – https://www.massagetherapyreference.com/it-band-massage/.

I think you have a lot of members wanting to know what you learn from your appointment.

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@cladinviolet you should be seen by a physician to be certain it is not a serious condition. It will be a relief for you if your are worried. Let me say I also have muscle weakness and neuropathy. Prior I was very active. I spent many hours at a time in the gym. I believe what you are describing is the relationship between the muscles and nerves. Neuropathy involves nerve damage. With the improper nerve signals, the muscles will not move correctly and therefore cause the sagging of the skin. Can you pump up your muscles or have sore muscles after a workout or exercise? The degree of neuropathy can cause imbalance issues. We simply no longer have the nerves for our brain to sense our location and surroundings to make use of our muscles for proper balance. Without our sensors our bodies are incapable of normal activities so we do the best we can. Physical therapy is an option which worked well for me. It was not a cure. To see what is best for you give it a try. Everyone is different. It would require patients as the exercises would have to be done many times before seeing any benefits. Having been active before should make it easier on you. Do you know the cause of your condition? The condition can become worse if the cause is not stopped, i.e. the nerves will continue to get damaged. You will become more comfortable with the more knowledge you gain so be ready to ask your physician for information. Wish you well.

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